Angel Miscues Help Cubs Rally for Victory

Roney Alcala singled twice, doubled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Antonio Valerio singled twice, doubled, and collected two RBI, as the Cubs rallied for three runs in the 9th and defeated the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.


The two teams combined to commit nine errors, including four by Angel SS Franklin Torres.

Eloy Jimenez played RF for the first time in about a month. He has been nursing a sore right arm that has not prevented him from hitting but has kept him from throwing.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):  

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-5 (K, 5-3, 1B, F-7, K, SB)
2a. Kevin Brown, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, K, RBI)
2b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-1 (HBP, E-1, R)
3. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 1-5 (1B, 6-3, P-6, P-5, K+WP, R)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (5-4 FC, E-6, R)
4b. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 3-U)
5. Antonio Valerio, DH: 3-5 (K, 2B, E-6, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (1-3, 6-3, 1B, 5-4 FC, E-6)
7a. Erick Castillo, C: 0-2 (F-8, 3-U)
7b. Mark Malave, PH-C: 0-2 (K, E-6, BB, CS)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-4 (F-8, F-7, P-6, K)
9. Roney Alcala, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3-U, 2B, 1B, 2 R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tyler Ihrig: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 51 pitches (32 strikes)
2. Hector Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Andin Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Francisco Carrillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. P Tyler Ihrig - E-1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. P Tyler Ihrig - E-1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 2nd base allowed runner to score unearned run)
3. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base - eventually scored unearned run)
4. LF Shamil Ubiera - E-7 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base and runner at 2nd base to score)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 0-3 CS, 1 PO

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's  

Comments

I know Castro committed an error today - and I didn't see it but I'm sure it was dumb, but I don't like it when "closers" walk batters.

he may have not gotten a double play on it, but he flubbed it rather badly with the play right in front of him and an easy out at 2nd. it was an error he shouldn't have made even if he was rushing a bit.

Especially in the ninth inning. That's not cool. Too bad, too, because he's been making some nice plays.

<p>Kerry Wood 20K Watch: Wacha with 9 K's through 3.1 IP, 72 pitches though</p>

<p>10 K, 5 BB, 4 IP for Wacha and he's pulled, that's quite the line...93 pitches.</p>

Happy 100 Wrigley! Here is former Wrigley concession employee making a big hit later in life (back to the camera) https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSzEFa3Wk_HoyT_T8VIlaNzjszLEqcmKei23XJFNBHvGcA2uPp3qA

<p>Bears schedule</p><p>http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2014/REG/BEARS</p><p>vs. Buffalo, @ 49ers, @ Jets, vs. Packers, @ Panthers, @ Falcons, vs. Dolphins, @ Patriots, Bye, @ Packers, vs. Vikings, vs. Buccaneers, @ Lions, vs. Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Lions, @ Vikings</p><p>13-3 baby!!!</p>

who do dey lose to, my friend ? /ditka //sausage

Sixteen and O! Da Bears will will beat da Packers in da NFC Championship Game! Aaron Rogers will get sacked 8x!

Dear closers, Don't walk batters.

Jedi (really Theo) is gonna take a pitcher at No. 4 right? Given this draft is pitcher-heavy, and the relative lack of arms in our system compared with our positional depth, this seems pretty obvious. One of Hoffman, Beede, Rodon, Aiken, Kolek is gonna be there. John Manuel: We thought the same thing last year, when the Cubs picked No. 2 overall, but they wound up going with a hitter in Kris Bryant. That said, there is not a Bryant in this draft, and this pitcher class is stronger than it was last year. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were all in town last week to see both Jeff Hoffman and Carlos Rodon, so both are in play, as potentially are Aiken and Kolek as you said. I can see Aaron Nola being in that mix, though he’s more in the Mike Leake mold, and I believe Kyle Freeland, Erick Fedde and Brandon Finnegan also could be in that mix at No. 4. None of those guys would stun me at No. 4, though I would at this point be a bit surprised by Beede at that spot. http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/2014-draft-update-chat-with-john-manuel/

keithlaw‏@keithlaw ECU right hander Jeff Hoffman will miss at least his next two starts after experiencing arm soreness during a side session yesterday. Kiley McDaniel‏@kileymcd As it's explained to me this is proactive measure to deal w/soreness & not obscuring serious injury. Expectation is JH is fine in a few wks.

From what I have heard, McLeod runs the draft with supervision from Hoyer, but Epstein does not sit in on most of the draft, and never over rules either Hoyer or McLeod. While at Boston, Epstein was strongly against drafting Bucholtz, and was angry when Hoyer insisted on picking him, calling him a crazy SOB. Even then, he did not over rule Hoyer, and later, when Bucholtz led them to a World Series win, told him that he was glad he was a crazy SOB. I think there are very few Owners/Presidents that over rule the experts they hire. Those that do are notorious, and usually not very successful.

<p>minors..</p><p>C. Black goes 6 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 0 H for Smokies in the win</p><p>Zastryzny goes 4.2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 H, 4 ER for Daytona in loss, Amaya with a 3/5 day and a SB</p><p>Skulina goes 4.1 IP, 4 BB, 2 K, 3 ER, 6 H in the Kane County win, Dunston Jr. with a HR</p>

Any word on Soler? Is he in Mesa doing anything?

Last I heard he had a hurt hammy or some such and was supposed to be out a week, but I'm pretty sure that was at least a week ago.

A week? He's been out three weeks, injured (pulled hamstring) opening night, 4/3.

Time flies, even when you're following a shitty team like the Cubs

<p>CARMELO: Jorge Soler is taking "live" BP at Riverview but he is&nbsp;not yet playing outfield or doing any baserunning.</p>

CJ Shoulder Injury - Worried much?: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27022540-419/cubs-top-pitching-prospect-edwards-to-see-team-doctor.html#.U1iQVPldXK1

Ruggiano DL with hammy injury?

Justin Ruggiano was diagnosed Thursday morning with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. That carries a best-case recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks. Personally I'm expecting it to be 8 weeks so I'll be pleased when it only ends up being 6.

Cubs sent Parker down and brought up Neil Ramirez in his place. Parker didn't show Renteria much in the spring (1.78 WHIP). They also brought up Rosscup instead of another outfielder to replace Ruggiano. They needed a lefty arm. I thought Russell was a mess yesterday, giving up the tying run on a fastball--not what he was called to the mound to throw. But his breaking stuff had no break. Whatever that dead arm business was in the spring, it's still a problem. Vitters could do a decent Ruggiano imitation but after a decent start he's been slumping. Maybe later.

team has enough OF'rs anyway...sureholds/lake/kalish/sweeney/boni can more than handle getting it done out there. RF gets a little weaker for backup options with quality arms, though.

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