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Paul Goldschmidt blasted a grand slam home run, Henry Blanco and Alfredo Marte slugged solo shots, and Ian Kennedy threw four shutout innings, as the Arizona Diamondbacks coasted to an 12-2 victory over a split squad of Cubs in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in warm & sunny Mesa, AZ, this afternoon.
Ryan Dempster got the start for the Cubs, and was not particularly effective, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits (including one double and one HR) and a walk in 3.2 IP (3/1 GO/FO). He struck out three. The best part of Dempster’s outing was that he was stretched-out to 68 pitches (38 strikes), but otherwise the outing was mediocre at best.
Cubs #1 LHRP James Russell relieved Dempster with two outs in the 4th, retiring LH hitting Gerardo Parra on an inning-ending ground out. Russell then allowed a run on one hit in the 5th. However, the one hit allowed was a lead-off routine pop-up in medium deep CF that Marlon Byrd lost in the sun for ...
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Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run triple and Geoff Blum drove in two runs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson allowed two runs and two hits in four innings. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out six.
Brad Zeigler worked a perfect ninth for the save.
John Danks, who signed a five-year, $65 million...
Many of you who have been reading this blog or ACB before it are familiar with the playing time projections we've set up each year. Back in 2008 and 2009 we had a lot of people filling the surveys out. There was a lot of excitement among Cubs fans before each of those seasons and it led to many more completed surveys than I had ever anticpated. As the Cubs have begun to suck...
Was there a Cubs game yesterday?
I was so in shock at Wisconsin's ability to score more than 60 points that I failed to pay attention to yesterday's games. It looks like it was probably a good thing. In the Dbacks game, Ryan Dempster gave up eight hits and a walk in three and 2/3 innings, but shocklingly only three runs. Every 2012-relevant pitcher who played in that game...
We move to the last member of the Cubs pitching staff who has a rotation spot locked down. As we all know, the should-have-been-rebuilding Cubs swapped three baseball players (and Sam Fuld) to the Rays at the beginning of last season for the getting-expensive Matt Garza. Garza went on to have a much better year than anyone expected, completely changing his pitch mix to generate...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The Diamondbacks made a point to send their top pitching prospects against major league hitters this spring, and again Wednesday, the kids did not flinch.
Patrick Corbin, Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs have thrown a combined seven shutout innings over the last two days, supplying further evidence in support of their high national profiles and the teams deep depth...
MESA, Ariz. -- It's not unusual for a major league baseball team to make calculated moves in building a bench. It is, however, unusual that the end result has an average age of just under 35.
With Henry Blanco (40), John McDonald (37), Lyle Overbay (35), Geoff Blum (38) and Willie Bloomquist (34) -- who will likely start early in the season as Stephen Drew rehabs a broken ankle...
After dismal 65-win campaign that led to an in-season managerial change and an overhaul in the front office, the D-Backs won the National League West in 2011 and earned a first-round series with the Brewers on the heels of a 94-win season. While improvement was expected, the division title was a surprise to many as few improvements were made by new general manager Kevin Towers. Plenty...
Author: Andrew SwansonAt 75-87, the Chicago Cubs gave their fans yet another disappointing season in 2010, as the team continued its long and storied tradition of losing. The year started out with an ominous beginning, as the volatile Carlos Zambrano and manager Lou Pinella had a well publicized feud over Zambrano’s struggles on the mound. The team’s struggles continued as...
One of the Bay Area's own, Brett Jackson is a major part of what the Chicago Cubs hope is a bright future. Here is a link to a Q&A with Jackson, on the Chicago Cubs Report at ESPNChicago.
Jackson played at Miramonte HS and Cal, was a 1st round pick and has steadily produced in his minor league career. He is expected to reach the big leagues some time in 2012. The Bay...
Ryan Dempster has long been the joker in the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse. There haven't been many signs that side of his personality this spring.
Dempster, who is coming off a disappointing 10-14 season with a 4.80 ERA, had his first tough outing of spring training in the Cubs split squad's 12-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dempster gave up three runs in 3 2-3 innings...
The Chicago Cubs are so renowned for their losing ways that were they to miraculously change their ways, the city of Chicago may very well disintegrate before our eyes. That is what they are hoping for with the hiring of former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and former San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer.
Like he did in Boston, Epstein is trying to bring about...
Back when Chris Carpenter was announced as being sent over to the Boston Red Sox for Theo Epstein, I mentioned that the deal still can't properly be evaluated because there were still 2 players to be named later involved. There was some talk that it was just a logistic move, that the Red Sox had to send a player to the Cubs besides an executive and the two players would be...
After the season of the BearThere are Hawks games and Bulls games to spareBut you can't wait for the dayWhen you hear Pat Hughes say,"Chicago Cubs baseball is on the air"
(Sorry if I got a little deep there.)
Happy St. Pat's, everyone!
A couple of days ago, Doc Blume wrote an interesting post about the obvious lack of demand for Cubs tickets this year. There are still tickets available for every game on the schedule, including Opening Day and the Red Sox series. There are large numbers of tickets available for most of the other games on the schedule. That is all true, but Doc concludes two things from this...
Practice Game recap
Chris Volstad pitched three strong inninngs yesterday, extending his spring training scoreless streak to six innings. As with Samardzija and the other starter candidates, small sample size abounds, but I think he's got a good shot making the rotation. Tom Ricketts seemed to think so too during his brief time in the booth with Len and Mick. Former top prospect...