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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  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.