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
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.
And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):
i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.
there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.
I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.
O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already.
I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.
I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.
Enjoyable read on David Ross.
Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.
With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined).
BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.
If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).
As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).
I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.
Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.
I felt the same way, too, but...
I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.
Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.
I meant December.