Alcala Helps Cubs Gain Split with Giants at Riverview

Roney Alcala singled, doubled, and tripled, drove-in two runs, and scored another, Gleyber Torres reached base three times on a triple, a single, and an HBP, and scored a run, Zak Blair ripped an RBI single and an RBI triple, and LHSP Jose Paulino tossed three innings of no run/no hit ball, leading the Cubs to a 9-6 victory over the Giants on Field #6, and Craig Massoni singled and scored in the 7th and clubbed a two-run home run in the 8th as the Giants rallied for four runs over the final three innings to beat the Cubs 4-2 on Field #5, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. 

RHP Zak Hermans threw three innings of one-hit shutout ball and Eloy Jimenez knocked-in both Cub runs (RBI double in the 1st and RBI single in the 6th) in a losing cause on Field #5. 


The 2013 VSL Batting Champion, Roney Alcala is now hitting 461/481/692 in 27 EXST PA, with five doubles and a triple and only two K.  

Outfielder Jeffrey Baez collected two more stolen bases today and now has 10 in 10 attempts (0 CS) in just eight EXST games. He also is hitting 322/424/322 (all singles so far, but he tied for the team lead in HR last year at EXST). The 20-year old Baez is bult like an NFL linebacker, with plus-speed, outstanding outfield defense (he can play CF or RF), basestealing acumen, and a good eye at the plate (five walks in 33 PA so far). He could be a star with the Boise Hawks this summer.   

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):

FIELD #6:

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 2-4 (3B, 1B, HBP, F-8, F-9, R, CS)
2. Kevin Brown, DH: 2-5 (1B, 3-1, 1B, P-3, F-7, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-5 (1B, 1B, K, P-4, F-9, R, 2 SB)
4a. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-2 (3B, L-7, HBP, R, RBI)
4b. Justin Marra, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
5. Roney Alcala, 1B: 3-5 (3B, L-7, 1B, 2B, 4-3, R, 2 RBI)
6. Arnaldo Calero, LF: 2-4 (K, 6-3, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
7. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, F-8, HBP, R)
8. Zak Blair, 2B: 2-4 (3-1, 3B, 3-U, 1B, 2 RBI)
9. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (F-9, 3-1, E-6, BB)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (23 strikes)  
2. Trey Lang: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/FO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Victor Salazar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/5 GO/FO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/5 GO/FO, 41 pitches (22 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 5
1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (fielding errror allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed a baserunner to advance from 2nd base to 3rd)
3. 2B Zak Blair - E-4 (throwing error on attenpted 4-6 FC allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely)
4. P Alberto Diaz - E-1 (two-base throwing error on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd base)
5. LF Arnaldo Calero - E-7 (throwing error after catching pop fly allowed baserunner to score from 3rd base)

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 0-1 CS

FIELD #5:

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-4 (3-U, 4-3, 4-3, K)
2. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 0-3 (BB, 1-3, 5-3, 4-3, R)
3. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 5-3, 1B, BB, R)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 2-4 (2B, K, 1B, K, 2 RBI)
5a Alberto Mineo, C: 1-2 (4-3, 2B)
5b. Mark Malave, C: 0-2 (4-3, K)
6. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-4 (5-3, K, 6-3, K)
7a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (6-3, F-8, 1B)
7b. Erick Castillo, PH: 1-1 (1B)
8. Matt Scioscia, 1B: 1-4 (2B, 6-3, 6-3, K)
9. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-3 (4-3, K, F-8)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Zak Hermans: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Carlos Llano: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/FO, 27 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 43 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 57 pitches (31 strikes)
NOTE: Eregua's second inning was stopped with two outs and runners at 1st & 2nd

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. P Carlos Llano - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd)
2. SS Bryant Flete - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Mark Malave: 1-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 7

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

Comments

w.wright finally pitched again today...only his 7th appearance of the month (and 3 have been 1-batter appearances).

...and veras pitched (badly) again today...only his 2nd time since the 11th and 6th appearance overall.

both wright and veras have gone 9 day stretches between outings in separate time frames.

grimm has 12 appearances, rondon 11, strop 10 (even though he went 8 days without pitching for a stretch), russell 10...

there's been a slew up guys up/down taking each other's places...parker, rosscup, schlitter, and now n.ramirez (i'm not gonna count rusin).

what is going on with this pen management?

Early in the season. Maybe he's just trying to see who he can depend on. The list grows shorter.

I can see the box score now.
J.Baez 4 hits, 4 HR 12 RBI 0SB
J.Baez 4 hits 1HR 1RBI 4SB

Yup, not a problem

Because of the Blackhawks game and the Bulls game the Cubs are being bumped off regular Comcast Friday night.

Cubs-Milwaukee Brewers game will air on NBC 5 Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel Cozi TV.

b.wilson blowing a tie game vs philly...4 runs in...in line for his 2nd loss.

single, line out, single, double, walk, and a hbp to load the bases. out of the game with 1 out...j.wright gives up another couple of runs to add to his line.

4ip 8h 4bb 4k 2hbp, 8r/7er in 6 appearances (3 decent, 3 bad)...15.75era 3.00whip

...and he's getting paid $10m a year to do it...with a -player- option for $9m next year. not a bad contract for a guy who threw a total of 15.2 innings the 2 years before, combined. the West Coast Yankees and their money...fun times. ...at least they have money to waste, though...sigh.

To close games, you don't have to throw 95 miles per hour and have a wicked slider. Todd Jones did a serviceable job in his late 30s because he threw strikes, didn't get rattled, and kept the pitch down. It's a simple formula- you don't need a flashy pitcher to close games.

Joe Borowski

Mostly, just get the ball over the plate, and if you're good enough to be in the big leagues, that should do the trick. But walking guys, I just really hate that. Hated it with Mitch Williams, hated it with Marmol, and as much as I like Strop's potential, I'll hate it with him, too. Luckily, I think Renteria hates it too. I see people have been complaining about how he handles the bullpen but I like that he has a zero tolerance policy towards late inning walks, and it's fine with me that he's playing musical chairs with the bullpen here early in the season. He's just trying to find guys who can not give away games. Nothing wrong with that.

We've heard a lot from other managers about "fundamentals" but Renteria actually seems to be walking the walk. I'm sure he'll do annoying things as a manager, all of them do, but I can't fault him too much so far, other than my early complaints about not playing Olt. But I'm even buying into his "easing him in" thing for now. I might not agree with it, but I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.

I picture Gregg sitting at kitchen table wearing his goggles and staring at his phone .

Well done sir.

Let's forget about Gregg. The Cubs are reaching the point where they're going forward with youth.

They do have Vizcaino, don't forget. He pitched in 17 games at the major-league level three years ago. The only reason he's at Daytona is that it's warm down there. Soon it will be warm everywhere.

after the hissy fit gregg threw last season after being taken off the closer role i doubt the cubs would consider it anyway...and it probably didn't help his search for a mlb contract this season with other teams.

gregg almost got released late last september for airing out the management/bosses to the media.

You're not taking Cubbery into account. What can go wrong, will.

C.J. Edwards news:

tests revealed there was no structural damage detected in the examination. The problem is simply fatigue and soreness.

The Cubs have said that Edwards will rest and allow the inflamed shoulder to cool down for two weeks before he starts a throwing program.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/04/25/levine-cubs...

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  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torrers. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 14 min 50 sec ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • 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 7 hours 30 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 9 hours 33 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 18 hours 36 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 19 hours 18 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 19 hours 29 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 19 hours 36 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 19 hours 39 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 19 hours 50 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 19 hours 56 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 20 hours 12 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 20 hours 13 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 23 hours 4 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago view