Cubs Super-8 Overcomes Angels at Sloan Park
Kelly Dugan and Marcus Mastrobuoni belted two-run doubles and Shane Victorino, Kevonte Mitchell, and Jesse Hodges contributed RBI singles to highlight an eight-run 7th inning uprising, as the Cubs rallied from an 8-2 deficit to surprise the Angels 10-8 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
Jared Foster hammered an RBI triple, singled, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs to help the Angels build their 8-2 lead.
The Cubs stole three more bases today, for a total of twenty SB in their last six games (only one CS).
John Arguello has a game recap and photos from the game at Cubs Den
And here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Shane Victorino, LF: 2-3 (BB, 6-3, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
1b. Ruben Reyes, PH-LF: 1-1 (1B)
2a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-3 (1-3, F-9, F-8)
2b. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-2 (E-6, 1B, R)
3a. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-3 (K, BB, P-3, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3b. Eric Gonzalez, PH-DH: 0-1 (P-3)
4. Kelly Dugan, DH #1: 1-3 (F-8, HBP, K, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
5a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
5b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-1 (BB, E8-SF, K, BB, R, RBI, SB)
7a. Tyler Payne, C: 1-2 (K, 1B)
7b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (5-3, 2B, 2 RBI)
8. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH-RF: 0-4 (F-8, K, K, K)
9. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-4 (5-3, 5-4 FC, 1B, L-7, R, SB)
10a. Andruw Monaasterio, SS: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B, R)
10b. Yonathan Perlaza, PH-SS: 0-1 (3-1)
1. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 6/1 GO/AO, 50 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
3. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Mark Malave: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. C Tyler Payne: E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base on atrempted SB allowed runner to score)
2. 1B Chris Pieters: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Payne: 1-4 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-3 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
Dolorous Jon Lester 38 min 19 sec ago (view)
Managerial change making a difference I think. Hopefully the changes to the amateur scouting department also bears fruit
Cubster 2 hours 26 min ago (view)
David Ross might be worthy of a little credit, especially sorting out the bullpen issues.
crunch 2 hours 31 min ago (view)
this team is amazing. i want more than 60 games of this. darvish since mid-season last year has been great stuff.
also, wick got to close. kimbrel hasn't worked in quite a while.
Eric S 3 hours 13 min ago (view)
39 pitch inning by Burnes.
crunch 3 hours 48 min ago (view)
...well, it is true that's the plan...but...umm..."allegedly"
QuietMan 3 hours 58 min ago (view)
Cubs to play double headers Monday and Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Eric S 4 hours 49 min ago (view)
Ha! Hope Nico goes on a heater!
Cubster 4 hours 55 min ago (view)
"Not thrilled"...as if on cue, Nico leads off with a double and a later Schwarbsbomb.
Eric S 6 hours 49 min ago (view)
Updated Bullpen tiers:
Tier 1 (Closer/Firemen)
Wick and Jeffress (interchangeable)
Tier 2 (Preferred Setup roles)
Tepera, Sadler, Rea (!)
Tier 3 (Face lefties exclusively if possible)
Ryan (has to get that fastball out of mid-80s or head to South Bend)
Tier 4 (Long man innings eater)
Tier 10 (reserved for use when either up or down by 10+ runs)
I think that covers it?
Jackstraw 8 hours 17 min ago (view)
Wait. The bullpen can get worse? That's unpossible.
Eric S 8 hours 36 min ago (view)
Here we go again: Nico, Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Schwarber (LF), Happ, Bote, Souza, Caratini
Not thrilled with Nico leading off when the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history was available but whatever
crunch 8 hours 53 min ago (view)
bryant was supposedly gonna be in the lineup but he has left ring finger and wrist hurties.
Charlie 9 hours 9 min ago (view)
I really think they could play .500 from here and would take the division.
But leave room for at least a week long slump due to bullpen implosion.
Cubster 9 hours 12 min ago (view)
Don't get too giddy but...
One Quarter of the schedule is complete.
Pace is for a 48-12 record which when extrapolated to 162 games is about 130 win season.
Is it all downhill from here?
Cardinals at White Sox game tomorrow is possibly canceled per Sun-Times reporting that Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the postponement.
Eric S 9 hours 38 min ago (view)
Brewers Game 1: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson (DH), Happ, Bote (3B), Souza (RF), Nico, Caratini, Darvish
Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it.