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)


CUBS LINEUP:
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)


CUBS PITCHERS:
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)

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  • Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.

    billybucks 47 min 36 sec ago view
  • McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.

    QuietMan 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.

    John Beasley 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 6 hours 42 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 15 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 18 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 21 hours 20 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 22 hours 3 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 22 hours 14 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 22 hours 21 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 22 hours 24 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 22 hours 35 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 22 hours 41 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 22 hours 56 min ago view