Soler Leads Cubs to Victory at Riverview Park

Jorge Soler drilled an RBI double and later scored on an Oliver Zapata two-run single in the 1st, and singled and subsequently scored on an errant pick-off attempt in the 2nd, as the Cubs took advantage of eight errors to crush the Athletics 11-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Cub relievers retired the last 16 A's in a row to seal the victory. 

At Extended Spring Training while rehabbing a right hamstring injury, Soler served as a DH and batted once in each of the first five innings. After the double (line-drive into the LF corner) and the single (hard-hit grounder through the 5.5 hole) in the first two innings, Soler reached base on an HBP in the 3rd (he was hit in the lower left back), and grounded out 5-3 in the 4th and 5th innings. 

The A's committed all eight of their errors in the first three innings, and three of the miscues occurred on the same play in the bottom of the 2nd. It began with SS Jesus Lopez dropping a Ricardo Marcano pop fly in short left field for an E-6, then LF Matt Hillsinger made an errant throw trying to nail Marcano at 2nd base, and finally 1B A. J. Kubala airmailed a throw to 3rd base that allowed Marcano to come around to score the classic "Little League Home Run."      

Prior to the Cactus League EXST game, RHPs Josh Conway, Greyfer Eregua, and Francisco Carrillo, and LHP Michael Heesch squared off in a three-inning "sim" game on Field #3.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

X. Jorge Soler, DH #1: 2-4 (2B, 1B, HBP, 5-3, 5-3, 2 R, RBI)
NOTE: Soler batted 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (BB, 4-6 FC, F-8, 4-3, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-4 (1B, F-7, K, 3-1, R, RBI)
3. Oliver Zapata, RF: 1-3 (1B, E-4, BB, F-7, R, 2 RBI, CS)
4b. Kevin Brown, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, R)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-4 (6-3, E-5, K, 1-3, R)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-4 (E-4, K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (E6+E7+E3, BB, K, F-8 SF, R, RBI)
8. Mark Malave, 1B: 0-2 (E-5, F-7 SF, K, BB, R, RBI) 
9. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B, R) 

1. Tyler Ihrig: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Zak Hermans: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/4 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
3. Michael Wagner: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)

2B Bryant Flete - E-4 (throwing error while attempting to complete DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base - eventually scored unearned run) 


WEATHER: Sunny & very breezy with temperatures in the 80's



leaoff walk to Vince Coleman, steals 2b, third on wild pitch and scores on sac fly...

80's Cardinals are smiling

Castro is batting 4th again,

we're going to look back at these lineups like we did at the early 80's Cubs

Leave Ryno out of this

i was thinking the Buckner, DeJesus, Lenny Randle, Jerry Martin, Ken Reitz, pre '84 Sandberg days

Now there's a crew to remember. Reminds me of... yes, you're right!!!!

I'm not going to let you bad mouth Bump Wills.

And pitchers continue with their stubborn refusal to pitch to Rizzo. Nice that he isn't trying to do it all this year.

Beefy throws out Hamilton...neat.

That's why they pay Barney for the privilege of batting .103

The new contact lenses are really going to help..................

...and here comes a rain delay.

it's expected to be a long one.

well thank you reds announce team making me think this was going to be a mega-long delay.

...tune back in to find the cubs tied up rather than leading...special bonus.

Billy Hamilton HR


Reason # 385 not to sign Samrzdizja

Gives up homer to Billy Hamilton.
His first one...ever.

given that he's talking to ex-cubs pitchers on opposing teams about dealing with all the no-decisions and losses playing for the cubs gives you...i wouldn't count on him signing anyway.

well, not unless the cubs bringing the loot. ninja's been so pro and tight lipped about all of this that it's hard to tell if a chance at winning a championship or money is more important to him.

That strikes me as a one-sided conversation- Garza offering unsolicited advice rather than Samardzija talking with ex-Cubs. Still, I am not enamored by Samardzija. It's not so much that I think he's a bad pitcher... the problem is he seems convinced that he is "ace material"... probably because he is currently the ace. On a real big league team, however, he's a good #3 or #4 option, so I am all for the Cubs offering him #3 or #4 money and if he wants to walk, been nice knowing you.

The way he's talking his "agent talk" all with the "have to do what's right for future player signings, etc, etc" b.s., he's obviously going to be demanding far more than he's worth. So, I think the smart move is to let him walk knowing that he may very well put in some decent (albeit overpaid) months and years on some other team. My ceiling on an offer would be something like 4 yr/$50-55.

cubs get rosscup/olt into the game...rain delay before rosscup gets a chance to throw the 1st pitch.


game back on...renteria tossed for arguing with the ump.

rosscup strikes out votto...

Looks like there's about 50 people left in the stands.

cubs trail, cubs get lead, cubs lose lead, cubs lose game.

i've seen this movie. this movie sucks, let's slash the seats.

cubs are 8-17.

ARZ blows holding a tie game in the 9th to lose and run their record to 8-22.

they were at least expected to have a somewhat decent (though not good/great) chance of competing and they're 9.5 games out of 1st in their division (9 games off the wild card) with 1 game left to play in april. yow.

this team sucks

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza left a start against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning because of a bruised right thumb.

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    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

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