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cactusThe Cubs beat the Cubs today 5-3 in their intrasquad game at Cubs Park, a tuneup before things go full-tilt tomorrow. For those who weren’t following along on Twitter, you can see recaps from Carrie Muskat here and from BCB here, since they were actually in attendance. Among the highlights from the game (which, do I really have to say, should be taken as virtually meaningless?):

  • Kyle Hendricks and Eric Jokisch started the game, and each pretty much held things down. Hendricks retired all eight batters he faced, striking out three. Jokisch gave up a couple singles, but struck out four in his two scoreless innings. Pitchers ahead of hitters and all that.
  • All of the relievers in action gave up a little something, except for Armando Rivero (2 K) and Marcus Hatley (1 BB, 1 K). Tsuyoshi Wada and Neil Ramirez gave up multiple runs, though Wada did strike out three in two innings of work.
  • Arodys Vizcaino was all over the place in his inning of work, which, like, he was probably a little amped up to be pitching in a semi-competitive game for the first time in a couple years. He said he felt good, so that’s all that really matters at this point.
  • Pitchers were on pitch counts, so innings with four outs, innings ending on a walk, etc., were not uncommon.
  • Each of Welington Castillo (Wada), Justin Ruggiano (Ramirez), and Christian Villanueva (Ramirez) went deep. Mike Olt, Kris Bryant, and Jorge Soler drew walks. Javier Baez did not reach base in his two at bats, and all windows were safe. For today.
  • Matt Szczur stole a double from Arismendy Alcantara with a diving catch in left field.
  • Only one position player went the distance. Any guesses? It was Chris Coghlan.
  • Thanks to Bob in the comments, I should add that comeback story Ryan Kalish had a single, which is a fine start, I suppose.
  • The game was not without prospect porn:

  • CubFanBob

    Kalish gets a single RBI in one at bat after being left for dead and being out of mlb for two years yet the dude can’t get even a mention across all the post write ups of today’s game.

    • CubFanBob

      Thanks, just cheering for the guy. Him, Olt, and Vizcaino with a little Vitters and B Jaxson sprinkled in. Kalish in 50+ games at the MLB level with Boston at age 22 was holding his own. The kid has fire in his belly and given his chance if healthy could be a game changer for the Cubs. I was just surprised how it really went unnoticed that a kid who has had multiple surgeries and out of MLB for two years picked up a RBI and single in one at bat. Cub’s scrimmage or not it’s not easy for to pick yourself off the ground with what he has physically and mentally experienced as a ball player the last few years to even find yourself getting one more at bat at any level.

      • Jon

        Game changer?

        • CubFanBob

          Yes a game changer : a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.

          You heard it here first. If Kalish is healthy and gets his sea legs under him he makes the team. You heard it here first.

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            I love his we are now claiming everything ;)

            • DarthHater

              Renteria will be NL manager of the year. You heard it here first, Goat. Don’t forget.

              • Diehardthefirst

                Too easy – that’s a given – cant you do better than that?

                • DarthHater

                  Sure. Diehard will win a Nobel prize for his proof of the Infinite Monkeys Theorem.

                  • Diehardthefirst

                    How about Rizzo will hit 30 HR?

                    • DarthHater

                      Bah! 40.

                    • hansman

                      41.

                  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                    Die hard will get 1 of his 1000 predictions correct.

                    • Diehardthefirst

                      If he hits more than 40 there will be a Braun type inquiry

              • hansman

                0% chance he won’t be.

          • FFP

            a former Sea Dogs’ sea legs should be easier to find[img]http://www.theforecaster.net/files/imagecache/large/2010/04/11/PNMS-SeaDogs1.JPG[/img]

          • Ivy Walls

            Bob, Kalish appears to be a fine platoon/4th OF prospect who got time when Crawford was injured after the big FA signing and they needed someone fill the spot. He has little to occasional power (which defines game changer status) but he could offer the Cubs another left handed bat in the lineup and if he can hit above the league average the Cubs might carry six OF’ers (one being a IF/OF’er) and try to play mix or match.

      • Blackhawks1963

        Facepalm.

        • CubFan Paul

          I did the same.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I bet Ramirez doesn’t feel too good about giving up two long balls.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Meh it’s a scrimmage of upcoming scrimmages, we have no idea what he was told to throw or what was expected. Giving any thing that happened today any value is a bad idea.

      • DarthHater

        Excuses, excuses… ;-)

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Sorry Darth I’m just drinking too much Kool-Aid

  • another JP

    Story for me is Hendricks and Jokisch. Expecting Hendricks to show everyone what we have to look forward to in ST before he spends a couple months in IA. Maybe Bosio can get on his soap box and get him on the 25 man…

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Unless we have a couple of injuries I don’t see why they put him on the 25 man, it’s a lost season and giving a spot for him right now doesn’t make sense.

      • Hee Seop Chode

        Or unless he doesn’t give up a hit all spring. And he’s off to a good start.

    • Ivy Walls

      He is another dark horse candidate, nothing like playing yourself into contention despite amateur experts who abound the Internet.

  • hansman

    THE CUBS LOST!!!!

    [img]http://i.huffpost.com/gen/710151/thumbs/s-ERMAHGERD-MEME-large.jpg[/img]

    • johnnyp

      This is hilarious.

  • headscratchin

    What? No extended box score?? We’re in withdrawal here!! (attempted humor font)

  • Ivy Walls

    Again any of you play something competitively and scrimmage your teammates? I doubt many if even a few. First you do not approach this as winning or losing as a team until the game gets going, but approach it by applying things you are working on to improve your game. Youngsters are approaching it to see how they fair along vet’s. That is all.

    Tomorrow when they scrimmage against the D-Backs it is a bit different but in many ways the same except for those who do not have a contracted spot, they are playing to prove themselves to the deciders. But statistical performance is not the decider, the deciders are looking for how they are doing, not what they are doing. That how goes along with who they are doing against whom.

    • TWC

      “Again any of you play something competitively and scrimmage your teammates? I doubt many if even a few.”

      ::rolls eyes::

      Fer fuck’s sake, are you serious? Thanks for the lesson, pops. Do me a favor — try to be just a liiiiiiittle more pompous next time, m’kay? We’ll *definitely* listen to your sage wisdom then.

    • Jason P

      In response to your question,Yes, I would imagine that the vast majority of commenters on here have at some point in their life played some sort of athletics competitively and scrimmaged against their teammates.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Nah we are all just a bunch of souls that have never picked up a ball we just follow baseball closely because we love math and numbers.

      • willis

        Does fireball flip cup count? I mean…it’s competitive.

    • jp3

      Tell us all about the competitiveness of sports uncle Rico, we haven’t a clue

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Your response is in bad taste. Everybody here is entitled to their opinion and the right to disagree, but I think your response is in violation of the rules Brett has set forth.

    • TWC

      Look, Woodward — when Johnny Pompous comes down from his cloud to tell all of the peasants joking around about meaningless scrimmage stats that we’re not appreciating the game the “right way” he’s gonna get some pushback, especially if he does it in a pedantic and condescending manner. The number of times homeboy has competitively scrimmaged his teammates means fuck all to anyone’s appreciation of a spring training scrimmage.

      • http://bleachernation.com woody

        Yes and an adult would probably just ignore it.

        • Internet Random

          This is intentionally ironic, right?

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            For irony to be successful it requires intent otherwise it’s just foolish babble. The question is if we can see the intent or lack there of?

      • FFP

        Did he say all that? I stopped reading that post after the word “Again”, assuming what followed would merely be redundant.

        • johnnyp

          I stopped after “pedantic.”

          • Internet Random

            Reading big words is hard.

        • TWC

          Larf.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        wait: being pedantic is bad?

        • TWC

          Only when it comes from a pedant.

          • Internet Random

            Being a pederast is always bad.

            • TWC

              What’s a pederast, IR?

              • Internet Random

                See e.g., Hanrahan (he’s probably bucking for a promotion).

              • Funn Dave

                SHUT the FUCK UP, TWC!

                (Um…given the proliferation of references to the BN Terms & Conditions, and people’s quickness to get riled up here, I’d better make sure everyone knows that’s a Lebowski reference.)

                • TWC

                  [img]http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/big-lebowski-facts-8.jpg?w=499&h=333[/img]

                • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                  Anybody on here that doesn’t get a Big Lebowski reference doesn’t get to complain about “rules” because they are obviously nihilists and therefore nothing to be afraid about.

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          [img]http://i.qkme.me/3ojuai.jpg[/img]

  • Diehardthefirst

    Castro CBOY? If he’s not will be loooooong season

  • http://BleacherNation blewett

    Don’t tell Jesse Rogers, but I’m excited by that line-up he tweeted out.

  • Funn Dave

    Did Brett not link to BCB articles before today, or do I have an incredibly short attention span?

  • Funn Dave

    *Memory, not attention span. I’m American, so you already know I have a short attention span.

    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

      Eh, only if Al does something that is worthy.

      [img]http://djiqd110ru30i.cloudfront.net/upload/1198199/pattern/45397/full_6847_45397_BazingaPeriodicTableCrossStitch_1.jpg[/img]

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        [img]http://blackwaterdog.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/homer-simpson-doh.gif[/img]

        [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/livewhatulearned/bazinga.gif[/img]

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      He did write for BCB for a very short time but I don’t he links there very often.

  • dan77

    Twc my son reads these posts could you please tone it down

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Well then you might want to block the site because an occasional swear word is common here and not prohibited by the site. If you are worried about the language on this page avoiding the message board is highly suggested.

      • wasssssup

        Your need to respond to everyone’s comments is annoying. As much as you complain, one would think you could just ignore ‘obvious’ ignorable comments. One day I’ll read here and not have to read your responding bullshit.

        • Cheese Chad

          This is the most bipolar message board we’ve had in months. Guys and Gals, BASEBALL!!!!!

        • Jed Jam Band

          As a long-time reader and somewhat frequent poster, I feel the need to let you know that Goat is one of the finest posters here and is one of a select group that make participating in comment thread discussion worthwhile.

          • ssckelley

            Seconded

          • brainiac

            goat is definitely one of my favorite posters because he’s totally dedicated and completely unhinged. it’s one of the profiled identity types needed to be a genuine cubs fan. those prone to feeling more despair use sarcasm and irony. and then there’s others who just love to hate on everyone. we used to call them bleacher bums before the stands got gentrified for yuppies.

            • itzscott

              Oh you DO go on… you silver-tongued devils, you!

              • brainiac

                i’d put myself in the second category, natch. these days i’d even move things from “irony” to “farce”. but make no mistake, i’m just another eccentric type of cubs fan, like goat.

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            Thanks buddy

  • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

    Got some baseball today! Phillies broadcast were all talking about Sandberg and the hardcore workouts and discipline.. Moyer and Stairs on the broadcast.

    • Diehardthefirst

      Rubbing saltwater in the wound– I advocated for him before Sink or Sveum

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Nah not you… well you and 1000 other posters. The best thing the Cubs did is not hire him during the rebuild, the same fans that wanted him would turn on him after two seasons of 90+ losses. I fear he’s going to have a similar thing happen in Philly with him, that team is old and not likely to get better.

        • Diehardthefirst

          Urinalysis came back positive for lunacy- He would’ve had Walt Alston longevity if hired when Prince Theo showed up

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            I’m concerned about die hard… he’s cracking in a whole new manner. Harder to follow or understand. Did we break him?

  • Edwin

    A game where a walk ends an inning must be Carlos Marmol’s dream scenerio.

    • C. Steadman

      Unless its the bottom of the ninth and he just walked in the winning run…haha I remember a game against that red team from Missouri where marmol lost by way of a walk off wild pitch

      • Edwin

        Whats the most embarrassing way to lose a game? Walk off Walk, Walk off Hit Batter, or Walk Off Balk? Or maybe a throwing error out of play that allows the winning run to advance?

        • C. Steadman

          Thats a really tough choice, I would chose walk off balk probably would be the worst but throwing error(garza fielding the bunt is what im picturing) is a close second

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