Cubs Top Angels at Diablo Park
Elliot Soto tripled, singled, walked, and scored a run, and Eloy Jimenez singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, leading the Cubs to a 9-5 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.
Raul Linares reached base four times (RBI triple, two singles, and a walk) for the Angels.
In 18 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (72 PA), Eloy Jimenez is hitting 221/250/279, with a team-leading nine RBI, plus four doubles and 3/19 BB/K. He has yet to homer in a Cactus League EXST game, although he has in Intrasquad games.
Unlike the other top international prospect signed by the Cubs in 2013 (SS Gleyber Torres), Jimenez has no chance to make the Boise Hawks Opening Day roster, but he does stand a good chance to be in the AZL Cubs Opening Day lineup next month.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, K, R, SB)
1b. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-1 (BB, F-9, R)
2. Zak Blair, 2B: 0-3 (2-3, L-8, BB, BB, K, 2 R, RBI)
3a. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-2 (1-3, E-7)
3b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 2-5 (1B, F-9, 1B, K, K, R, RBI, CS)
5. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 0-1 (P-2, BB, F-7 SF, BB, R, 2 RBI)
6. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 1-4 (K, F-7, 2B, 4-3, 2 RBI)
7a. Varonex Cuevas, SS: 0-1 (E-9, CS)
7b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP)
8. Erick Castillo, C: 0-4 (4-3, P-4, K, K)
9. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (K, BB, E-4, 5-3, R)
10. Elliot Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (L-6, BB, 1B, 3B, R)
1. Trevor Graham: 4.0 IP, 5 H,1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GO/FO, 68 pitches (45 strikes)
2. Victor Salazar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 48 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/6 GO/FO, 51 pitches (34 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Adonis Paula - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 1-1 CS, 1 PB
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Shamil Ubiera - runner thrown out 9-4-2 trying to score from 1st base on a double
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
Imagine if Lester would just pitch nine innings every start.
Now that's funny coming from the board martyr.
You made a comment about Lester not pitching deep enough into games, Rob and others dispute it, and then it devolves into more of you acting like you're being unfairly singled out.
"Therefore, the Cubs have not had ONE pitcher in the last five years that is a TOR starter waiting in the wings ..."
It's a little scary, especially when you look over at the Mets, the one team around the league that worries me, maybe because I have clear recollections of 1969.
Actually, the only Cub draftee since 2012 when McLeod and the new FO took over the draft who has thrown a pitch in the majors is Zack Godley. So it's not just TOR starters that we're not seeing.
We've got a David-Goliath type situation tonight, but you never know. In matchups like this, I always remember that Sergio Mitre v. Roy Halladay game the Cubs won at home several years ago.
I am going tonight, so I am not ok with that.
But, maybe Hendrix will give his patented solid 5 before Richard or Wood comes in...
One can hope.
if you save the lumber from your constant trips to the cross you can build your very own safe space to view my posts.
@billybucks you speak the truth and it's precisely what me and others have been saying for over a year. It's an unfortunate hitch in his game, one that seems correctable, but so far has not been corrected. Also a hitch that is going over 3 seasons now and no one has been able to truly exploit in any meaningful way (except sort of the Royals in that Wild Card game although they stole plenty of bases off the other pitchers in that game and the rest of the playoff teams the rest of that run).
AZBOBBOP: Nothing new on Oscar de la Cruz. Still shut down with elbow issues.
I nominate Sean Rodriguez.
who's this guy being all reasonable and stuff?
pick someone on the board who's literally worse than hitler and start screaming about it. cubs 2016!
It's not pathetic -- it's what we've been waiting for!
Yikes -- I was off the site for a short while and it blew up.
Gentlemen -- it is apparent that Lester has a weakness in his game. Everybody knows about it. He has, apparently, tried to work on it, but without success. Fortunately, he is talented enough that he is able to largely overcome his shortcoming.
I am amazed that other teams don't try to bunt on him, but, as has been said, bunting is not a skill many players have.
Interesting that Hendricks is going tomorrow -- so, he wasn't really "skipped", just moved back a few days so Jake and Lester could deal against the Pirates. I'm OK with that.
PHIL: Thanks for your updates.
One thing that we are seeing come to bear is that Theo's obvious strategy has been to stockpile young, power arms in the lower levels while owning bats that are much nearer to MLB ready - then, buying the arms the org needs in order to be highly competitive.
It's fun to watch the cards shit the bed anytime of the year
I really thought he would be the one getting the call-up. This must be a favor to the player from Theo.