Cubs & Giants Do the Splits at Riverview Park
Gleyber Torres doubled twice, singled, stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove-in another, Jeffrey Baez drilled two RBI singles, walked, stole four bases, and scored a run, Kevin Brown, drove-in two runs with an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly, doubled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Roney Alcala hammered an RBI single and an RBI double and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 10-7 victory on Field #6, and Eugene Escalante doubled twice, tripled, drove-in two runs, and scored another, and Matt Pare walloped a two-run home run, helping the Giants win 7-2 on Field #5, as the Cubs and Giants split a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Shamil Ubiera collected three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #5, and Julio Pena went 4-4 and drove-in five runs with a two-run HR, a two-run triple, and an RBI single in the Giant loss on Field #6.
The defensive gem of the day was a run-saving diving catch near the LF foul line by Cubs Squad "B" LF Ricardo Marcano.
Six Cub pitchers made their U. S. game debut today, including LHP Andin Diaz (who got the start on Field #5), RHPs Victor Salazar, Yomar Morel, Carlos Llano, and Francisco Carrillo (each of whom worked in relief on Field #5), and LHP Alberto Diaz (who pitched in relief on Field #6).
Here is the abridged box score from the two games (Cubs players only)
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (K, K, BB, E-5, R, RBI, SB)
2. Kevin Brown, LF: 2-3 (2B, F-8, F-8 SF, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 6-3, 1B, R, 2 RBI, 4 SB)
4. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-4 (K, F-8, F-8, F-7)
5. Zak Blair, 2B: 1-4 (P-5, 2B, 3-1, L-8, R, RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 3-4 (F-9, 2B, 2B, 1B, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB)
7. Eufran Vargas, DH: 0-3 (K, BB, 4-3, K, R)
8. Roney Alcala, 1B: 2-4 (4-3, 2B, F-8, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
9. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, K, BB)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Frailyn Figueroa: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/FO, 47 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Michael Wagner: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Trey Lang: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Alberto Diaz: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 0/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
CF Charcer Burks - E-8 (fielding error on single to CF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Elliot Soto, SS: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, 3-U, BB)
2. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, L-4, L-3 DP)
3. Shamil Ubiera, CF: 3-4 (1-3, 2B, 1B, 3B, R)
4. Rony Rodriguez, RF: 2-3 (BB, K, 1B, 2B, RBI)
5. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, K, BB)
6. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3, F-7, 6-U FC)
7. Matt Scioscia, DH: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3, R)
8. Erick Castillo, C: 0-2 (5-3, BB, 3-1)
9. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 1-2 (3B, BB, K, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Andin Diaz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 35 pitches (22 strikes)
2. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Zak Hermans: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Victor Salazar: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Yomar Morel: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Carlos Llano: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
7. Francisco Carrillo: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Dalfis Ortiz - E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. C Erick Castillo - E-2 (overthrow on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Overcast & breezy with occasional drizzle & temperatures in the 70's
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.