Travis Wood Cracks Nuts at Fitch Park
Travis Wood threw five innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts, Steve Bruno singled and doubled, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Wes Darvill tripled, walked twice, drove-in a run, and scored a run, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies Hi-A affiliate) on Field #3, and Gioskar Amaya singled, doubled, tripled, and scored three runs, Marco Hernandez drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, and Rony Rodriguez slugged a solo home run over the LF fence and onto Center Street, as the Kane County Cougars and the Asheville Tourists (Rockies Lo-A affiliate) played to a ten-inning 6-6 tie on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Since the Cubs had the day off, Travis Wood took a ride down Center Street to Fitch Park and got his scheduled work in a minor league game. And Wood was outstanding, too, throwing five innings (81 pitches) of three-hit shutout ball with eight strikeouts. And when he wasn't punching-out opposing hitters, he was getting lots of ground balls (7/0 GO/FO). In addition to surrendering three hits (a double and two singles), Wood also issued two walks. He had one high-pitch inning (the 25-pitch 2nd), but he also struck out the side in that inning.
Micah Gibbs (considered to be the Cubs best receiver) was left behind at Fitch Park to be Wood's catcher (Gibbs is presently assigned to the Iowa squad, and the I-Cubs had a road game today).
Also, AA Tennessee RHP Eduardo Figueroa threw two innings in the Kane County game.
Cub brass (Epstein, Hoyer, Bush, et al) was in attendance at Fitch Park today, too (probably because Travis Wood was throwing there), and they got a good look at some of the Cubs youngsters as well.
As usual, players from the Boise/Mesa squad (which will eventually be the Extended Spring Training squad) provided most of the mid-game replacements for Kane County and Daytona, after completing their mid-day workout on Field #4.
1B Jose Dore (acquired from SD yesterday for a PTBNL or cash) made his Cub debut on Field #2, going 0-1 with a fly out. He also committed a costly fielding error at 1st base that led to two unearned runs scoring, and allowed the Tourists to tie the game after trailing 6-1 at one point.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
FITCH PARK FIELD #2
KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-4 (K, K, K, HBP, 5-3)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 3-3 (2B, 3B, 1B, 3 R)
2b. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-2 (4-6-3 DP, 3B)
3a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-8 SF, 4-3, 2 RBI, CS)
3b. Jeffrey Baez, LF: 0-2 (5-3, P-4)
4a. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, K)
4b. Jose Dore, 1B: 0-1 (F-9)
5a. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 2B, R, RBI)
5b. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-1 (K)
6. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-3 (HBP, F-8, 2B, 4-3, RBI)
7. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 1-3 (BB, HR, F-9, K, R, RBI)
8a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (K, 3B, F-7, R)
8b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (K)
9a. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-1 (4-3, F-9 SF, RBI)
9b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (BB, L-6)
KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
1. Brian Smith: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (13 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Loiger Padron: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 33 pitches (17 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Eduardo Figueroa: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 39 pitches (24 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
5. Matt Iannazzo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (12 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 3
1. C Wilfredo Petit - E-2 - overthrow on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd
2. 3B Ben Carhart - E-5 - fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely
3. 1B Jose Dore - E-3 - fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score
KANE COUNTY CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilfredo Petit: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Erick Castillo: 1-4 CS
FITCH PARK FIELD #3
1a. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 0-1 (E-4, BB, R, CS)
1b. Bobby Buckner, PH-RF: 0-2 (K, K)
2a. Steve Bruno, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 2B, R, RBI)
2b. David Bote, PH-3B: 0-2 (1-3, 5-3)
3. Anthony Giansanti, 3B-2B: 2-4 (2B, F-8, 5-3, 1B, RBI, CS)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, P-4, R)
4b. Jesse Hodges, 1B: 0-0 (BB)
5a. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, K, RBI)
5b. Willson Contreras, C: 0-1 (K)
6a. Oliver Zapata, CF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, 5-3)
6b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
7. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-9, R, PO)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-2 (BB, 3B, 5-3, BB, R, RBI, CS)
9. Xavier Batista, DH: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, RBI, CS)
1. Travis Wood: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 81 pitches (51 strikes), 7/0 GO/FO
2. Michael Jensen: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 37 pitches (29 strikes), 5/3 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 24 pitches (14 strikes)
DAYTONA ERRORS: NONE
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Willson Contreras: 1 PB
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy and warm with temperatures in the 80's
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.
First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.
Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.
Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.
"Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."
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