Cubs Win! Cubs Lose! Cubs Win! Cubs Lose!

Evan Crawford raked a two-run triple over the left-fielder's head to tie the game, Tony Campana followed with an RBI single (his third hit of the game) to plate Crawford, and D. J. Lemahieu capped the inning with an RBI double to score Campana, as the Cubs Minor League All-Stars rallied for four runs in the top of the 9th to defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 in the 2011 Cubs Spring Training Intrasquad Charity Game at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in sunny Mesa, AZ, this morning.


The Cubs major league players were long gone by the time the Cubs Minor League All-Stars put together their game-winning 9th inning rally, but while they were still around, Randy Wells worked three innings, throwing two shutout and hitless innings before allowing one run on two hits in his third inning of work (a bunt single by Kyung-Min Na leading off the inning, a 3-U GO, and an RBI ground single to CF by Tony Campana). For the day, Wells threw 43 pitches (26 strikes) and he looked fairly sharp, getting a ton of ground balls (7/1 GO/FO).


John Grabow threw a 1-2-3 eight-pitch 4th (three balls hit sharply, but all right at somebody), and James Russell threw a shutout 5th (lead-off double, but then he pitched out of trouble nicely, getting a 5-3 GO, an L-7, and a K).


Marcos Mateo had a bad outing, allowing two runs on four hits in the 6th (two singles leading off the inning, a 6-4-3 DP, and then an RBI double and an RBI single, both hits coming with two outs).


The Chicago Cubs offense didn’t do much against the Minor League All-Stars starter (veteran AAA LHP J. R. Mathes) through the first three innings (no runs, three hits), but then Starlin Castro led-off the bottom of the 4th with a double down the LF line, and scored on a one-out RBI single by Jeff Baker. Darwin Barney capped the inning by crushing a two-run HR over the LF fence, giving the Chicago Cubs a 3-1 lead.


The Cubs major leaguers then headed for the showers and a bus ride to Sky Harbor International Airport, where they were scheduled to fly back to Chicago via charter at about 4 PM local time, arriving in Chicago around 9 PM (CDT). The Cubs will have a closed workout at Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon, before Opening Day on Friday versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Other game highlights after the MLB Cubs left the game included a two run Cubs 6th (Nelson Perez lead-off single, Junior Lake opposite-field double into the RF corner, and a Ryan Flaherty RBI single), a two-out RBI double by Marquez Smith lined off the LF fence in the 7th (M. Smith also made two outstanding stops & throws at 3B), a Josh Vitters RBI double off Marcos Mateo in the 6th and a Vitters RBI triple off the CF Batter’s Eye "Green Monster" in the 7th, and then of course the four-run rally in the top of the 9th featuring the Evan Crawford game-tying RBI triple (the long-legged long-striding Crawford looked like he was running the final leg in the 440 relay as he whipped around the bases), the Tony Campana game-winning RBI single (Campana also stole two bases earlier in the game), and the D. J. Lemahieu RBI double to cap the scoring.


Cubs #1 pitching prospect RHP Trey McNutt followed Mathes to the mound for the Minor League All-Stars and threw four innings of one-run ball and was the winning pitcher, despite allowing eight baserunners (three hits and five walks). McNutt was very wild throughout his outing, throwing 63 pitches in his four innings of work, but only 31 of the pitches (less than half) for strikes.


Here is today’s box score:


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS vs CHICAGO CUBS


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS LINEUP:
1a. Brett Jackson, CF: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, K)
1b. Evan Crawford, LF: 1-2 (K, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
2. Tony Campana, LF-CF: 3-5 (4-6 FC, 1B, 1B, K, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
3. D. J. Lemahieu, 2B-3B: 2-5 (5-3, 6-4-3 DP, 1B, F-8, 2B, RBI)
4a. Rebel Ridling, 1B: 0-3 (E-5, F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
4b. Nate Samson, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, SB)
5. Josh Vitters, 3B-1B: 2-5 (K, 4-3, 2B, 3B, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
6a. Steve Clevenger, C: 0-2 (3-1, L-7)
6b. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-2 (1B, L-5, RBI)
7a. Marwin Gonzalez, SS: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, 4-3)
7b. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-1 (3-U)
8. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 1-4 (L-7, 5-3, F-9, 2B, R)
9. Kyung-Min Na, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, L-7, 1B, 4-3, R, SB)
10a. SLOT SKIPPED FIRST THREE TIMES THRU ORDER
10b. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 1-1 (1B, R)


CHICAGO CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Kosuke Fukudome, RF: 0-2 (3-1, F-8)
1b. Nelson Perez, RF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, BB, R)
2a. Starlin Castro, SS: 1-2 (F-9, 2B, R)
2b. Junior Lake, SS: 1-2 (2B, F-7, R)
2c. Wes Darvill, PH-SS: 0-1 (F-8)
3a. Alfonso Soriano, DH #1: 0-1 (5-3)
3b. SLOT SKIPPED 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th TIMES THRU ORDER
4a. Tyler Colvin, LF: 0-2 (4-3, L-4)
4b. Ryan Flaherty, LF: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, RBI)
4c. D. J. Fitzgerald, PH-LF: 0-1 (P-4)
5a. Jeff Baker, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI)
5b. Justin Bour, PR-1B: 0-2 (3-U, BB, FC, 2 R, RBI)
6a. Darwin Barney, 2B: 1-2 (F-8, HR, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB)
6c. Pierre LePage, 2B: 0-1 (F-9)
7a. Blake DeWitt, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
7b. Marquez Smith, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, 2B, RBI)
7c. Reggie Golden, PH: 0-0 (BB)
8a. Reed Johnson, CF: 0-2 (P-5, 4-6 FC)
8b. Rubi Silva, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC)
9a. Koyie Hill, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, K)
9b. Michael Brenly, C: 0-0 (BB, SB)
9c. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-1 (F-8)
10a. Carlos Pena, DH #2: 0-1 (P-5)
10b. SLOT SKIPPED 2nd, 3rd, and 4th TIME THRU ORDER
11a. Randy Wells, DH #3: 0-0 (1-4 SH)
11b. SLOT SKIPPED 2nd, 3rd, and 4th TIMES THRU ORDER


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS PITCHERS:
1. J. R. Mathes: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 60 pitches (44 strikes), 8/6 GO/FO
2. Trey McNutt: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 63 pitches (31 strikes), 4/5 GO/FO


CHICAGO CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Randy Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 43 pitches (26 strikes), 7/1 GO/FO
2. John Grabow: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. James Russell: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (13 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Marcos Mateo: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 16 pitches (12 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
5. Jeffrey Lorick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 21 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
6. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (11 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
7. Frank Batista: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 31 pitches (19 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
8. Justin Berg: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 pitches ( 2 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS ERRORS: 3
1. SS Marwin Gonzalez E-6 – errant relay throw to 1st base on attempted 6-4-3 DP went into 1st base dugout allowing batter to advance to 2nd base
2. 3B Josh Vitters E-5 – fielding error while trying to cut-off throw to plate allowed batter-runner to advance from 1st to 2nd base on RBI single
3. 1B Josh Vitters E-3 – errant throw to 2nd base allowed runner who had been picked-off to arrive safely.


CHICAGO CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Blake DeWitt E-5 – errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach safely
2. LF Ryan Flaherty E-7 - errant throw home allowed batter-runner to advance to 2nd base on an RBI single


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS


CHICAGO CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Koyie Hill: 0-2 CS
2. Michael Brenly: 0-1 CS
3. Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS OUTFIELD DEFENSE:
LF Evan Crawford threw out runner at home plate 7-2 trying to score on double


CHICAGO CUBS OUTFIELD DEFENSE:
CF Rubi Silva threw out runner at home plate 8-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to CF

Comments

They should play a best of three series between the minor leaguers and the major leaguers before camp breaks.

Colleges do it when the fall season ends. Good for the young ones and fun for the vets.

Vets wouldn't want to lose and young'uns would want to impress.

Thoughts?

I think most fans would rather watch the regulars, and attendance would suffer. Revenue is revenue.

and az phil's headline points to project .500, quite well done, sir.

March? Pfft.

Happy Opening Day, all. Welcome back, Real Baseball.

Opening Day Chicago Weather Forcast:

High 49, Low 33
Rain/Snow
Precipitation 70%

Lets play two.

April Fools!

Is one of the fine TCR writers going to put up the season predictions contest which we will all forget about by late May?

if someone volunteers to grade it this year

-edit-
last year, I think I highlighted all the correct answers but don't have time to add it up

https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?hl=en&hl=...

here's FA Frenzy, the first 7 or so entries got messed up unfortunately.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?hl=en&hl=...

looks like Kyle Simpson won with 8 picks

W. Davis signs a 4-year guaranteed pre-arb deal with the possibility of it being a 7-year deal (3 team options).

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/31/...

very anxious to see how MLB.tv plays on Roku...

otherwise I'm off to buy a new Apple TV

well so far, MLB.tv on Roku is pretty awesome. Not as good as getting the Extra Innings package of course, but the pixelation and stuttering is pretty minor so far.

No word on minor league players being released.

Chipper Jones and McCann can still hit...

Against Livian Hernandez. Amazing he's an opening day starter again.

Their roster is like a who's who list of terrible players.

Cubs and Pirates tomorrow.

Despite all the complaints I've had all season about the Cubs, baseball is a beautiful sport. I'm thrilled the season has started.

Amen

Yikes! Weeks and Gomez back to back hr's to start the Brewers-Reds game.

knew I should have sat Volquez today

That would be scary as a pitcher. To give up two home runs to start the season; next batters... Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder.

Rickie Weeks looks like he's gained 30 lbs. Now he's a tank. He's so large/wide, I wonder how much it will affect him on defense and stealing bases.

Edit:

Nevermind... the computer is on the fritz.

Is HAL posting messages again? Bad AI, Bad!

Yahoo said the game was delayed, so I was asking if anyone knew why. I think Yahoo! was just wrong, though.

I was at the game. 2nd row behind the Brewers dugout. And Weeks indeed looked huge. Unfortunately only the second game I have been to but man... was that crazy. Despite being a Cubs fan it was fun going crazy with my roommate who is a huge Reds fan.

CarrieMuskat: Repeating #Cubs #OpeningDay lineup Friday: RF Fuke, SS Castro, CF Byrd, 3B Ramirez, 1B Pena, C Soto, LF Soriano, 2B Barney, P Dempster

At least Soto isn't 8th.

It's good to have Byrd batting third instead of Soto so that we break up the RH oh... wait nevermind, it must be so the bases don't get clogged ahead of burners Ramirez and Pena. This way the real slug in the lineup, Soriano, doesn't have to worry about running up behind Soto...

As poor an argument as "hit the fast guys first, regardless of OB skill" is, it pales in comparison to "Hit your 7th best hitter 3rd, where he can put his slightly above average speed to good effect."

Baker can call up Castillo and they can comiserate together, I guess.

According to ZIPS projection and this lineup tool that lineup would score 4.710 runs per game, down .132 (or about 21 runs for the course of a season), from the optimum. Soto, Fukudome, Castro, Pena, BYRD, Ramirez, Soriano, Pitchers/PH, Barney.

http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/Lineup...

Re: optimum. Leadoff catchers are fun. Was Biggio the last regular leadoff catcher? Maybe Jason Kendall? Anyone remember any others?

The Rays catcher was batting leadoff in the playoffs last year. He hits like Robinson Chironos, but with less XBH's.

And of course, more at bats in the majors....

Yes... it was the 2-10 he had in the majors in 2008 that lead the Rays to believe he should be their leadoff hitter for a playoff contending team at the age of 26.

How many at bats does Jaso have in the majors. Chirinos?

Ok.....thank you.

yeah that was cute...we'll pretend those replies didn't happen and celebrate another Cubs loss.

In retrospect I am content with letting Dusty's comment there stand.

yeah, just consider the topic closed dusty.

fine rob.....whatever

Jason Kendall definitely did it, as recently as 2006, with 90 starts at leadoff.

Tip O the hat Barney start

Wag O the Finger Byrd batting third

i see in the fine print of AZP's account that k. hill got a hit yesterday! and we have an $18 million player batting 7th on OD; what a juggernaut lineup this must be! let's light this candle...

There's been a lot said about the high expectations that the Cubs had the past few years... they don't have that problem this year, do they?

Will make my summer more enjoyable.
Either they will meet expectations, and I'll quietly tune out early and enjoy my summer away from the TV...
Or, they'll beat expectations and make it fun again to hang on every pitch.

Ooo! Ooo! A The Right Stuff reference!

How much for your daughter? Your girls? I want to buy them. Sell me your women!

Two Mules for Sister Sara??

Blues Brothers.

I love Two Mules, though.

Brewers blow the lead and a nice outing by Gallardo, Reds win with walk off hr by Hernandez.

Just think, when Hawkins returns from the DL, he can settle down the back of their bullpen.

Cameron Maybin shuts 40,000 people in STL up with a game tying 9th inning hr.

That was a nice time to get home from work - and now the Cardinals are Cubbering up the defense.

Theriot sucks, gives Padres a present.

pujols 0-5 with 3 gidp.

damn.

Luke!

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  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 14 hours 37 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 15 hours 20 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 15 hours 31 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 15 hours 38 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 15 hours 41 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 15 hours 52 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 15 hours 58 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 16 hours 13 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 16 hours 14 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 19 hours 5 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 21 hours 38 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 22 hours 10 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 22 hours 12 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 1 day 9 min ago view