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
Yeah, but he kills lefties.
wow...instant hardcore rain.
it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.
Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)
this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.
d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.
lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.
turrible turrible stuff.
cubs lead 1-5, bottom 4.
Just noticed that Baez's current walk-up song is "Informer" by Snow. Dear God. That's world class bad.
Hey Lester is left handed!
Probably a good idea to give Rizz a couple of days off (slumps happen to the best -- Harper just broke a 4-for-33 with a HR yesterday). Never been a big fan of an all-RH lineup. The pitcher has the same look and same target for every hitter. At least, as a mediocre HS pitcher, facing a mixture of LH/RH hitters messed me up. A lack of talent and weak-ass stuff may have also been contributing factors.
Would you say Brooks doesn't have any upside going forward? Seems like he could be one of those hybrid starter reliever types maddon seems to like having in his bullpen. But I haven't seen a ton of him, and he got hit around pretty good last year in mlb
I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.
Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.
I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.
Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.
Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.
South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.