Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/16/12

Spring Training Game Fourteen: Cubs (6-7) vs. Giants (9-4)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Matt Garza (1-1, 16.20/2.40) vs. Eric Surkamp (1-1, 6.14/1.50)

The Cubs will try to end their three-game spring losing streak behind Matt Garza this afternoon. After showing improvement early in the week, the Cubs have simply played bad ball over the last three days. The Cubs have struggled in the field, on the mound, and at the plate … and in the process have been outscored to the tune of 29-9. While wins and losses do not matter in the Cactus League, performance and preparation does.

The Cubs ‘beat‘ the Giants in Scottsdale Tuesday afternoon 5-4 and will not see San Francisco again this spring after today. The next time the Cubs face the Giants will be in June at AT&T Park (June 1 – June 4)

On the injury front, the Cubs will likely be without Ian Stewart for two or three days. Stewart was a late scratch Thursday with a sore right quad. Darwin Barney was also a late scratch Thursday due to tightness in his left side. Barney is listed as day-to-day.

Blake DeWitt left Thursday’s game against the Rockies in the fifth inning after he was hit on the right hand. X-rays were taken in Mesa and DeWitt’s status is unknown.

Today’s exhibition game starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off a bad performance, even for a spring game, and will make his third start this afternoon. After a good outing against the Rockies back on March 6 (two runs on three hits without a walk, one strikeout and a HBP), Garza did not complete two innings of work against the Dodgers last Sunday (four runs on three hits with two walks, a HBP and one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings).

Garza had very good command in his first start. His downfall was the hit batter and a bloop single. In his last game, Garza struggled with his command while throwing only fastballs and change-ups.

Matt Garza had a similar spring a year ago and as long as he gets his work in, he should be fine come April 5.

Chris Rusin, Lendy Castillo, Trever Miller and Rafael Dolis are also scheduled to pitch Friday afternoon.

The Cubs will get their first look at lefty Eric Surkamp this afternoon. Surkamp has already pitched in three games this spring (one start) and has allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

The Bunting Tournament

The finals of the Cubs bunting tournament will be held today on the half field (beyond the right field wall) at HoHoKam following batting practice. Welington Castillo will square off against David DeJesus for the right to face Paul Maholm or Casey Coleman for the title.

When the tournament began it was touted as the ‘Cubs First Annual Bunting Tournament.’

News and Notes

According to a report from the Tribune, Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood are the only locks to break camp in the Cubs pen. Rafael Dolis, James Russell, Lendy Castillo, Marcos Mateo and non-roster invitees Blake Parker and Manny Corpas are in mix for the other five spots.

The next round of spring roster cuts is expected to be made after the team returns from the weekend in Las Vegas.

The compensation issues are nearing completion. With the Cubs sending Aaron Kurcz to Boston as their half of the PTBNL exchange, the Cubs are expected to receive a player of similar status from the Red Sox to complete the Theo Epstein deal. The Cubs still must send a player to the Padres as compensation for Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod. Both deals are expected to be finalized in the next couple of weeks.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Byrd – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Mather – 3B
    Clevenger – C
    Sappelt – LF
    Cardenas – 2B
    Garza – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Injury updates:

    Stewart (quad) could miss several days as precaution. But MRI good, says Sveum.

    X-rays negative on DeWitt’s hand (HBP Thurs). To miss couple days.

    Barney (tightness in side past few days) much improved Friday. Day to day.

  • Anthony

    Naive’ on my part, but is this about pending split squads

    03/15/12OF Reggie Golden assigned to Chicago Cubs.RHP Oswaldo Martinez assigned to Chicago Cubs.LF Ty Wright assigned to Chicago Cubs.RHP Daniel Berlind assigned to Chicago Cubs.SS Elliot Soto assigned to Chicago Cubs.RHP Marcus Hatley assigned to Chicago Cubs.3B Nate Samson assigned to Chicago Cubs.RHP Juan Serrano assigned to Chicago Cubs.3B Matthew Cerda assigned to Chicago Cubs.IF Pin-Chieh Chen assigned to Chicago Cubs.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       Not at all, and yes it is about the split squad games. This is a technicality and it about those players spending the day with the big league team.

      • Anthony

        thanks, thought so

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

           You’re welcome

  • ChadAudio

    Neil,

    Of the remaining 5 bullpen slots, you have to think at least one (maybe 2) of the pitchers competing for the rotation would get bumped to the pen – right?  Or, do you feel that Hoyer wants more SP depth, so that means all of those guys competing for the rotation would just go to the minors (except for Shark)?  

    I mean, Rodrigo Lopez seems like a solid guy for the first 3 innings of every game – maybe he would be better suited for the pen anyway?  … Aren’t Coleman, Lopez, and Wells pen candidates too (depending on how the rotation shakes out)?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       Lopez is not on the 40-man and should start the year at Triple-A. Coleman still has options but Wells is a candidate for the pen. He is basically out of options.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bunt tourney update:

    Casey Coleman beats Paul Maholm to win pitchers bracket

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs claim Gary Coleman lookalike Frankie De La Cruz off waivers: http://bit.ly/FOfcrv

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       Cannot confirm, once I do I will post a report.

    • Redlarczykg

      De La Cruz is a perfect fit for Theo’s new roster.  Give away the strong arms of Carpenter, Kurcz, Marshall & Cashner for  no strong arms in return and add a guy with a 9.31 era in his major league effort.

      Not to worry, pitching is only about 80% of the game.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Confirmed. Will post report this afternoon. Takes last spot on 40 man roster

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    David DeJesus advances with win over Castillo. Now faces Coleman.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    David DeJesus won the bunt tournament

    • TT

      It’s nice to have your lead-off hitter win the bunting tournament.

      • cubtex

        It would be better if that was your #2 hitter :)

  • cubtex

    So now we have Frankie De La Cruz as well as Andy Sonnanstine taking up room on the 40 man roster??? Even Theo fans got to be scratching their heads!

    • cubs1967

      along with the non trade of marlon byrd and the addition of trevor miller who very well could be 2nd lefthander in pen; there are alot of JH moves going on.
      jaramillo only disqualified himself by being hurt too.
      even rod lopez was brought back!!!

      not really seeing much of a youth movement going on (casher is 25, marshall 29, carpenter 27) all gone due to theo or becuz of theo.

      all i see is an almost 30% lower payroll from day 1 of P.K. McCaskey with a bad team in place, at least on paper worse than the 91 loss Quade team AND LOTS OF TALK ABOUT A CUB WAY AND LOTS OF HIRINGS IN THE FRONT OFFICE; BUT NOT A DAMN THING ON THE FIELD THAT SAYS “BASEBALL IS BETTER” EXCEPT THE FALSE ADVERTISING SLOGAN WE CUBS FANS; WHO MUST APPARENTLY THE CUBS BRASS THINK ARE ALL DRUNKEN BLEACHER FANS THAT DON’T KNOW SEE THIS OR UNDERSTAND WHATA THE W-L COLUMN MEANS IN THE NEWSPAPER!!!!

      • Aorcappy

        I have an idea…. Go follow the Sox.

        • cubtex

          Nah! Hate the Sox. I am a huge Cub fan that wants to see a good product

          • Ripsnorter1

            Me, too, Cubtex.

            But nothing makes the Club Theo scratch their heads.

        • cubs1967

          great comeback!!
          it’s OK its been 104 yrs after this year with NO championship………..right??

          even Theo says cubs fans should deserve a winner………

          but you enjoy the losing again……

    • Anthony

      25 head east

      15 stay west

      whats the big deal about the 15 in Iowa?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Anthony Rizzo with a homer to center in the bottom of the 2nd off of lefty Eric Surkamp. Rizzo’s second HR of the spring

    • cubtex

      Nice to see he hit it off a lefty! I think we will being seeing Rizzo starting on the Northside by June!

      • Ripsnorter1

        I think you are correct. I am not expecting LaHair to hit enough to stay in the lineup, or maybe not even on the ML roster. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      The good news about that is he hit left handed pitching to do it. But he seems to hit left handers better than right handers  atleast so far as his short major league looks.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Anthony Rizzo:

        Career splits:
        Vs. LHP….171 BA…345 sluggingVs RHP….131 BA….212 slugging

        Yup. He hits LHP better than RHP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Giants tie game at 1-1 in 4th, taking advantage of throwing error by Clevenger. Tried a snap throw to 1B, threw the ball into right field

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Matt Garza’s line from Friday vs. #Giants: 2R, 3H, BB, 3K, 4IP. Rafael Dolis taked over in the 5th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to Giants Friday afternoon

    Matt Garza: 2R, 3H, BB, 3K, 4IP; Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-3, HR; Rafael Dolis: 0R, 1H, 0BB, 0K, 1IP; Blake Lalli: 1-for-1, HR

  • Ripsnorter1

    Frankie De La Cruz ….He’s a no brainer for Jed…..
    1.969 career WHIP….
    8.16 career ERA…..
    26 career BB vs 20 career SO….
    Soft-tosser will be a real switch from Kid K or Marmol….
    He’s 28, so it fits Jed’s youth movement…..
    Hit 2 batters in 13 IP with 3 wild pitches in 2011….control just ain’t his thing….
    Was part of the loot sent from Detroit to Marlins in the Cabera and WIllis deal
    Ought to give you a lesson on trading suspects, er, I mean, prospects, for proven stars. Also in the deal was (get your pen and paper out for these names)… Dallas Trahern (minors), Burke Badenhop, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Mike Rabelo. Hey wait!…that Maybin is a San Diego Jed Hoyer Padre! Well, well, well…
    Miller has 5.79 career ERA for BOSTON…that makes the trade even better!  HA! Maybin just signed an extension with the Padres, making him a higher paid 125 K, .264 hitting CF with 9 HR, 40 SB and a low OBP…..Badenhop..4.34 career ERA as mopup in the bullpen…Rabelo hit .202 for the Marlins in 2011. This trade was a big winner for the Marlins as they dumped Willis’ salary….LOL…..