Cubs Turn D'backs Away at Fitch Park
Rafael Lopez ripped a bases-loaded two-run line-drive single to key a four-run 4th, and Ben Carhart drove-in a run with an RBI single and Chadd Krist followed with a sacrifice fly to highlight a two-run 6th, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 6-3 in Arizona Instructional League Opening Day action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
AA Tennessee Smokies RHP Dallas Beeler got the start for the Cubs, and threw 2.2 IP of no-hit ball. But he also struggled with his control, allowing three walks, and throwing only 19 of his 41 pitches for strikes. He left the game with a finger blister on his throwing hand with two outs in the 3rd.
LHP Michael Blake started for the Diamondbacks and threw three innings of shutout ball, and Stryker Trahan doubled and scored and Chuck Taylor belted a two-run triple for the Snakes in a losing cause.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (K, F-7, F-7)
1b. Tim Saunders, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
2a. Albert Almora, CF-DH: 1-3 (1B, K, P-6, CS)
2b. Bijan Rademacher, PH: 0-0 (BB, CS)
3a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, R)
3b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K, R)
4a. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
4b. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-1 (1B, R)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
5b. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
6a. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Chadd Krist, C: 0-0 (F-7 SF, RBI)
7a. Marco Hernandez, DH #1: 0-2 (1-3, E-6, SB)
7b. Wilson Contreras, PH: 0-1 (4-U FC)
8a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K)
8b. David Bote, 2B: 0-1 (K)
9a. Trey Martin, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
10. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH-CF: 0-2 (BB, K, 4-3)
1. Dallas Beeler: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 41 pitches (19 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
2. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 30 pitches (19 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
3. Starling Peralta: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 44 pitches (25 strikes), 1/6 GO/FO
4. Jose Arias: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 41 pitches (30 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (2):
1. SS Arismendy Alcantara - E-6 (throwing error on FC attempt allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. P Starling Peralta - E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Rafael Lopez: 1-1 CS
2. Chadd Krist: 1-1 CS
WEATHER Sunny & hot (103)
ATTENDANCE: 17(mostly scouts)
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.
Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!
What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.
Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...
Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.
Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.
I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.