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
They only need to win 18 more in a row to match the 1984 start of the Detroit Tigers.
I agree that it is frustrating and baffling and I am surprised more teams don't try and take advantage of it. However, in the end, I would rather have a pitcher that has 4-5 outs innings versus 4-5 runs innings.
.464 obp play him over Mr june-august
And he can play the field
I don't have any problem being "reminded" of it -- but anything more than a short sentence about it makes my eyes glaze over and skip to the bottom.
per Len: Not Wrigley Field Friendly confines today, it's Szczur's Palace
It's kinda neat seeing guys with such little experience doing so well off the bench. Usually it's guys with a bit more time. How many major league at bats do those two have between them?
It's really not any more newsworthy than a pitcher who runs up and misses it with his glove, walks the batter instead, or throws it into right field where some runs score. Holding the ball was brilliant. He knew he didn't have the throw eyed. And then he follows up with a gutsy performance. The guy rocks.
Of course it's noteworthy. I was going to make a post about it if you hadn't. But per Robs point the headline should be "Lester pitches 7 innings with only 1 ER and and 10ks" with "he got himself into a jam by not throwing on a fielded bunt which he was able to pitch out of." As a paragraph in the article and not the headline.
Or as I write this the headline should be Szczur hits a grand slam but Lester kept them in it the whole game which can be a sub headline.
between him and lastella there's a R/L combo that seems to be comfortable + productive off the bench.
handy stuff for a playoff contending team.
Well, he's consistent at that then.
The kid is looking like a ballplayer.
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