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)
AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.
Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...
Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.
The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request
Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.
"they just fade away"
(Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)
Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.
I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.
AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?
He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.
Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.
I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.
I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).
Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.
"What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "
As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.
Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.
Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer