Diamondbacks Let Bats Do Their Talking Stick
Andrew Velazquez singled twice, doubled, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Jonathan Griffin doubled twice and knocked-in two runs, and Alex Glenn blasted a three-run home run, to lead a ferocious 20-hit attack as the Diamondbacks crushed the Cubs 17-3 in Arizona Instructional League action Saturday night at the Main Stadium at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale.
The game was halted for about 25 minutes with two outs in the top of the 5th after Cubs outfielder Trey Martin was hit in the head with a pitch. Paramedics from the Salt River Fire Department were called by the Diamondbacks team trainer, and the ambulance responded directly to home plate where Martin was laying on his back.
Martin was transported via ambulance to a local hospital (presumably SHC - Osborn) for evaluation. He was conscious when he was loaded into the ambulance.
RHP Dillon Maples got the start for the Cubs and could not find home plate (29 pitches - threw only 11 strikes), walking three and throwing two wild pitches in just one inning of work.
Cuban RHP Carlos Martinez followed Maples to the mound and was rocked for seven runs (all earned) on eight hits in just one inning, and RHP Chad Martin was stung for five more runs (all earned) in his one inning of work later in the game.
The Arizona Instructional League is approximately equivalent to Boise, so it is not too surprising when pitchers who have yet to advance past Rookie ball (AZL Cubs) get pounded.
3B Jesse Hodges made his professional game debut, going 1-2 with a fly out to the warning track to the deepest part of the field (about 415 feet from home plate) in right-center in his first at bat, before lacing a line-drive RBI single to knock-in the Cubs first run of the game in the 5th. The 18-year old Hodges was signed by the Cubs a couple of weeks ago, after starring for the Canadian Junior National Team last month at the World Junior Tournament in South Korea.
Although he was eligible for selection in this past June's MLB First-Year Player Draft, Hodges could be signed after the mid-July deadline because he was not drafted, he had used up his high school ("secondary school" in Canada) eligibility, and he was not currently enrolled in a college. (Hodges had signed an NLI with Grayson JC in Texas, but had not yet enrolled).
Here is the abridged box score from Saturday night’s game at Salt River Fields (Cubs players only)
1a. Trey Martin, CF: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, HBP, SB)
1b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PR-CF: 0-1 (6-4 FC)
2. Albert Almora, DH #1: 0-3 (3-1, 5-3, 3-1, BB)
3a. Jorge Soler, DH #2: 0-2 (K, BB, P-3)
3b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (K)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-2 (BB, P-6, BB, 4-3)
5a. Tim Saunders, DH #3: 0-2 (F-8, F-8)
5b. David Bote, PH-2B: 0-1 (K, HBP, R)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-2 (BB, F-9, 1-3, BB)
7a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-1 (F-7, BB, R)
7b. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 6-3, CS)
8b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
9. Stephen Bruno, 2B-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-3, K)
10. Bijan Rademacher, LF-DH: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, R)
11a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, RBI)
11b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-1 (1B)
1. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 29 pitches (11 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 1.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 39 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 35 pitches (18 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 39 pitches (20 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
5. Chad Martin: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 33 pitches (17 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
6. Nathan Dorris: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 32 pitches (20 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (1):
SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
2. Justin Marra: 1 PB
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS: (2)
1. RF Yasiel Balaguert threw out runner 9-2 trying to score from second base on line drive single to RF
2. CF Shawon Dunston Jr threw out runner 9-4-2 trying to score from 1st base on double to CF
WEATHER: Calm winds with temperatures in the upper 90’s
There's an interview with Heyward up on ESPN where he says the wrist thing has been lingering and he just brought it up with the team as it didn't go away. So that could very well explain why he hasn't had the same hard contact recently.
Ryan Kalish writeup (by Peter Gammons last November):
Villanueva goes to the 60 day DL.
Peter Gammons just tweeted that teammates are tweeting Kalish is getting recalled. Not sure which ones and what they'll do with the 40 man but there we go.
Jesee Rogers just said he thought Ryan Kalish would be the call up.
Ryan Kalish is not on the 40-man either.
Schwarber hurt, Heyward hurt, Szczur hurt. Let's see how many guys have to go down before Soler gets his job back.
RHP Jake Arrieta (5-0, 1.00)
Neat. This ought to be a good game.
Unless somebody goes on the 60-DL or ouright them they can't call up Shane he's not on the 40 man roster, he still on a minor league contract
Everytime I recall Szcur's bone marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!