Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad Day – 03/26/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (SS) (11-13-1) vs. Padres (15-10)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio:
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Paul Maholm (0-1, 1.80/1.20) vs. Tim Stauffer (1-1, 6.39/1.89)

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (SS) (11-13-1) vs. Diamondbacks (8-14)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio:
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Jay Jackson (1-0, 1.00/1.00) vs. Ian Kennedy (1-2, 5.40/1.00)

Updated 3:08pm CDT – According to multiple reports, the Cubs released LHP Trever Miller

Updated 12:35pm CDTCubs Inked Reliever Shawn Camp to a Minor League Deal
Shawn Camp reported Monday to HoHoKam Park after signing with the Cubs on Sunday. Camp will compete for a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen over the last nine days of Spring Training.

The final leg of Spring Training begins today for the Cubs with their fifth and final split squad day of the spring. After this afternoon’s games, the Cubs have only eight exhibition games remaining, they leave for Chicago a week from tomorrow.

The Cubs still have 40 players on their spring roster and more cuts should be announced following today’s games against the Padres and Diamondbacks.

In other news Ryan Dempster had a rough outing at Fitch Park on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs’ Opening Day starter gave up six runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts on 88 pitches over five innings.

Today’s exhibition games all begin with Paul Maholm and Jay Jackson

Cubs vs. Padres – HoHoKam Park
Paul Maholm last pitched Wednesday at a minor league game at Fitch Park while a majority of his teammates had a day off. Maholm struck out seven over five innings while giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Maholm suited up for the Daytona Cubs and retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced.

In the Cactus League, Maholm has allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts in five innings (two starts). Today will be Maholm’s third start in the Cactus League and fourth overall after being slowed by the flu early in camp.

Since Paul Maholm last pitched he was named the Cubs’ fifth starter by Dale Sveum.

Carlos Marmol is expected to make his first appearance today since leaving last Tuesday’s game with a cramp in his right hand.

Bryan LaHair, Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro are expected to be in the starting lineup against the Padres.

Tim Stauffer makes his fifth Cactus League start this afternoon. Stauffer has allowed nine runs on 21 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Last time out was by far his best outing. Stauffer tossed six innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers and surrendered only three hits with no walks while striking out two.

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Jay Jackson has pitched in just three games this spring and has totaled only nine innings. Jackson will spend the day with the big league club after being assigned to minor league camp last Friday. Jackson was in camp on a non-roster invite and will begin the season in Iowa’s rotation.

Jay Jackson has thrown the ball rather well this spring and tossed four innings of shutout ball in his last outing against the Mariners on March 19.

David DeJesus, Marlon Byrd and Dave Sappelt are expected to be in the starting lineup against Arizona.

Ian Kennedy has been good and not-so-good this spring. Kennedy has allowed five runs on 14 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. In his last Cactus League appearance, Kennedy shut the Cubs down. Dale Sveum’s offense managed just five hits and a walk over four innings … and did not score a run.

News and Notes
Andy Sonnanstine is no longer in the Cubs’ organization. The Cubs outrighted Sonnanstine to Triple-A Iowa last week and the announcement was made Sunday that Sonnanstine chose to become a free agent and will try to sign with another organization.

Kerry Wood has been sidelined since last Sunday with a back strain and was expected to return to the mound in one of Monday’s split squad games. Wood’s possible return has been pushed back to Thursday.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineups

    Against the Padres
    Johnson – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soto – C
    Baker – RF
    Gonzalez – 3B
    Campana – LF
    Maholm – P

    Against the D’Backs
    DeJesus – RF
    Byrd – CF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Stewart – 3B
    Clevenger – C
    Sappelt -LF
    Lalli – 1B
    Amezaga – SS
    Jay Jackson – P

  • Redlarczykg

    I saw Castro bat, during Sunday’s game, come up with the bags loaded no one out.  The last batter just walked.  Castro swings and misses the first pitch low and away.  Looked a lot like Shawn Dunston.  Next pitch.. same location, he hits a little chopper toward 1B.

    I know he’s young.  But I thought “plate discipline” was being stressed during ST?   Castro has 52 AB, no walks.  He needs someone to get his attention concerning his desire to swing at every pitch, or he will end up looking like Dunston at the plate, which was not a pretty site. 

    • cubtex

      Darwin Barney has 2 Walks all spring, Bryan LaHair 1 Walk and Soriano 0 Walks. Not much has changed…..has it?

      • Neil

         Castro just walked in the bottom of the first

    • someguy

      he just walked.  Happy now?

      • Redlarczykg

        NO!  It’s not just the issue of walking.  It has to do with swing at “your” pitch, not the one the pitcher wants you to swing at.  It’s a important aspect of winning baseball.  And Theo and company are supposed to be teaching it.     

        • Theboardrider

          Can’t change things overnight.  Patience…

  • Neil

    Cubs have released Trever Miller

    • cubtex

      First Sonnanstine and now Trever Miller! My glass is half full again :)

      • Tony_Hall

        But I thought he was making the team…

        • cubtex

          When did I ever say that? I never said that. You are confusing me with Rip.

          • Tony_Hall

            It was more just in general.

            Glad to see though, that you are seeing the other side of the glass :)

          • cubtex

            I will point out positive moves. Sonnanstine and Miller should never been there in the first place. Good riddance

          • Tony_Hall

            Every team brings in players like these guys, every year, in hopes finding one that could help the team that year.  There is nothing wrong with doing that.

    • Redlarczykg

      Great news Neil.  Let the prunning continue!

  • Neil

    Paul Maholm’s final line against the Padres: 0R, 4H, 2BB, 6K in 5IP. Carlos Marmol takes over in the 6th

  • Neil

    Jay Jackson’s final line against Arizona: 3R, 7H (HR), 1BB, 2K in 4IP

  • Neil

    Carlos Marmol’s final line against Padres: 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K in 1IP

  • Neil

    Cubs (SS) beat Padres 2-0 Monday afternoon

    Paul Maholm: 0R, 4H, 2BB, 6K, 5IP; Carlos Marmol: 0R, 1H, BB, K, 1IP; Starlin Castro: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R; Bryan LaHair: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

    • Henry

      Just got back from the Cubs 2-0 win in Mesa.  Maholm looked good.  With the exception of the 4th when he got a little wild he was pretty solid.  Most everything was contained to the infield.  He got out of a 1 out runner on 3rd situation in the 2nd.     He was put in that situation when Reed Johnson took a bad route to a line drive to center.  Johnson turned a double into a triple. Johnson redeemed himself the next inning with an RBI single.    At the plate Maholm popped out on sacrifice bunt attempt.  His next at bat resulted in a double down the 1st base line.  

      Jeff Baker  was 2 for 2 against a right handed pitcher!

      Marmol was more impressive than his final line. An unfortunate   bounce coupled with a falling down Lahair resulted in a hit.  With 2 outs the old Marmol came out and walked a batter.  2 good fastballs to the very next batter set up a ground ball to second for the final out.  He also struck out a batter on 3 straight pitches. They appeared to be sliders!

      In the 1st Castro walked on a full count.  The next batter, Brian Lahair  on a 2-0 count doubled to score Castro.  Now you would think the next batter Soto would be patient. Unfortunately, that was not the case!  Soto struck out on 3 pitches.  In fact, he did not see a ball until his 4th AB in the 8th inning. He did have 3 hard hit balls!  All resulted in outs

      Rafael Dolis finished the ninth.  All the outs were hard hit.  Matt Szczur  made a spectacular diving catch to record the 1st out of the inning.

      I got to meet Paul Sheridan of Boys of Spring fame! 

      Great day!  I will be back at the park on Wednesday!

      • Theboardrider

        Awesome observations.  Thanks…

  • Neil

    Cubs (SS) lost 3-2 to D-Backs Monday afternoon

    Jay Jackson: 3R, 7H (HR), BB, 2K, 4IP; Blake DeWitt: 2-for-4, 2B, R; Ian Stewart: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI