Cubs Learn Pleasures of a Walk in the Park

Leon Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, scoring pinch-runner Darwin Barney with the winning run, as the Cubs AZ Instructional League team edged the Oakland A's Instructional League team 5-4 this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa. The Cubs spotted the A's an early four-run lead, as 21-year old Venezuelan RHP Hernan Ramos (signed as a NDFA out of Ellsworth CC in Iowa at the August 15th deadline) was roughed up for four runs on three hits, a walk and a HBP in the top of the third. But the Cubs came right back, scoring one run in the bottom of the 3rd on a two out RBI single by Leon Johnson following a double by Bryan Jost, and three more in the bottom of the 4th on a lead-off triple into the RF corner by Marwin Gonzalez, followed by a trilogy of RBI doubles slammed off the outfield fence by Josh Donaldson, Cliff Andersen, and Jovan Rosa. The game remained a 4-4 tie going into the bottom of the 9th, when Josh Vitters led-off with a line single to LF. With Darwin Barney pinch-running for Vitters at first, Jovan Rosa failed three times trying to execute a sac bunt, and struck out. But Drew Rundle picked-up his teammate, bouncing a single between first and second into RF, sending the speedy Barney to third. With the tying run on 3rd base and only one out, Gian Guzman struck out swinging, but Bryan Jost worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, setting the stage for Johnson's grand base on balls. Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only) LINEUP: 1. Leon Johnson, CF (1-3, 2 RBI, BB, SH) 2. Mark Reed, 1B (0-4) 3. Marwin Gonzalez, SS (1-4, R, 3B) 4A. Josh Donaldson, C (2-2, R, RBI, 2B) 4B. Steve Clevenger, C (0-1, BB) 5. Cliff Andersen, LF (1-3, R, RBI, 2B, BB, K, GIDP) 6A. Josh Vitters, 3B (1-4, K) 6B. Darwin Barney, PR (0-0, R) 7. Jovan Rosa, DH #1 (1-4, RBI, 2B, 2 K) 8A. Drew Rundle, RF (1-3, BB) 8B. Ty Wright, PR (0-0) 9. Gian Guzman, 2B (1-3, HBP, K, PO) 10. Bryan Jost, DH #2 (1-1, R, 2B, 2 BB, SH) PITCHERS: 1. Donnie Veal - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (15 pitches) 2. Hernan Ramos - 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP (38 pitches) 3. Marco Tovar - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP (20 pitches) 4. Mark Pawelek - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP (34 pitches) 5. Jordan Latham - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (18 pitches) 6. Casey Lambert - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (14 pitches) NO ERRORS ATTENDANCE: 19 NOTE: Apparently some of the Cubs fans in town for the NLDS decided to check out Instructs.

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How does the Vitters kid look manning the hot corner?

No playoff roster yet? Maybe the have a few tricks up their sleeve?

ROB G: Josh Vitters looks OK at 3rd base so far. His arm is fairly strong but isn't real accurate, and he doesn't have much range, but his glove is solid. He also has below-average speed on the bases. But his bat speed has improved a lot since his sluggish debut in the AZL in August. He's been driving the ball lately.

And Josh Donaldson is (in my opinion) the best all-around offensive player (AVG, SLG, and OBP) in the Cubs minor league system right now. Awesome, awesome power. A young Paul Konerko. If we have occasion to rank the Cubs prospects sometime this off-season, Donaldson will be my #1.

If Donaldson can remain a catcher, Cubs fans will be ecstatic. And if he has to eventualy move to 1B (Derrek Lee's contract expires after the 2010 season), he will hit enough to play 1B. And to think Donaldson was selected with a compensation pick awarded to the Cubs after the Dodgers signed Juan Pierre. Thank you Ned Colletti!

The Marlins can keep Mitre, Nolasco and Pinto, and the Dodgers can have Pierre. I'll take Donaldson over all four of them any day.

carmenfanzone — October 2, 2007 @ 6:40 pm
No playoff roster yet? Maybe the have a few tricks up their sleeve?

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CARMEN F: The Cubs have until 10 AM tomorrow to submit their roster for the NLDS, so I would imagine they will probably take the full amount of time before submitting it.

Wow, AZ Phil. I knew the guy was a good prospect, but wow. That good, you say? Well, now there's something to get excited about.

Roster is out*no marshall or ohman or monroe. ward, cedeno are on. no word on hart.

Arizona Phil — October 2, 2007 @ 6:46 pm
carmenfanzone — October 2, 2007 @ 6:40 pm
No playoff roster yet? Maybe the have a few tricks up their sleeve?

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CARMEN F: The Cubs have until 10 AM tomorrow to submit their roster for the NLDS, so I would imagine they will probably take the full amount of time before submitting it.

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vegas brian — October 2, 2007 @ 6:50 pm
Roster is out*no marshall or ohman or monroe. ward, cedeno are on. no word on hart

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CARMEN F: Or then again, maybe they won't wait until tomorrow.

[...] unknown wrote an interesting post today!.Here’s a quick excerpt… two outs in the bottom of the 9th, scoring pinch-runner Darwin Barney with the winning run, as the Cubs AZ Instructional League team edged the Oakland A’s Instructional League team 5-4 this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa. … [...]

http://www.northsidebaseball.com/Forum/viewto...

Seems to possibly have been some sort of press conference that was on Comcast.

Soto to start Game 1 apparently....

Roster appears to be:
Soto, Lee, Derosa, Theriot, Ramirez, Soriano, Jones, Floyd, Murton, Kendall, Pie, Fontenot, Cedeno, Ward

Zambrano, Lilly, Hill, Marquis, Dempster, Marmol, Howry, Wood, Eyre, Weurtz and Hart.

I applaud this roster.

Are you crazy? This roster sucks! It's weak! It's terrible and pathetic to boot.

You must be new here.

At risk of being a total shill, I also am very happy with this roster.

I've gotta say that's probably exactly the way I would have drawn it up.

I'm not sure if there's a clear winner between Fontenot's bat and Cedeno's bat (Fontenot's season #'s are better, but Ronny's been better lately), but it's nice to have the flexibility that Ronny gives you by being able to play 2B and SS.

no marshall, eh...

he gets 3 appearances in Sept. then off to the glue factory.

fontenot AND cedeno insted of either/or?

pie? guess a pinch runner is handy. takes monroe's slot...pie barely worked lately, but monroe's work wasnt exactly good stuff.

all that crap aside, its great the cubs have enough excess talent that these decisions were a little harder than they could have been. good to see ward's ready to go, too.

hope to see a bunch RH pitching cuz there's a lot of LH bats the cubs gonna be throwing at ARZ.

No Trachsell????

You must be new here.

The lineup on the other hand...

BTW, Korean OF Hae-Seong Kook (pronounced "cook"), signed last month by Cubs Pacific Rim Scouting Coordinator Steve Wilson, has arrived at Fitch Park and is taking BP. He joins fellow Korean Dae-Eun Rhee at Instructs. (Rhee is a highly-regarded RHP signed by Wilson last July).

Bulgoogi for all!

AZ PHIL

This is quite a quote, "The Marlins can keep Mitre, Nolasco and Pinto, and the Dodgers can have Pierre. I’ll take Donaldson over all four of them any day."

I'm countin' on you to be right!

Thanks, AZ Phil! Has Rhee gotten into any games yet?

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  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 46 min 4 sec ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 2 hours 53 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 12 hours 15 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 12 hours 37 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 13 hours 10 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 13 hours 20 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 13 hours 31 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 13 hours 39 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 13 hours 46 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 13 hours 54 min ago view
  • make that just peralta...

    crunch 13 hours 55 min ago view
  • a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

    crunch 14 hours 59 min ago view
  • Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

    jacos 15 hours 1 min ago view