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

SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)

1. Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
2. Justin Marra: 1 PB

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


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  • Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.

    Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.

  • Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December

  • So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.

    He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".

    I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.

  • I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?

    Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.

  • Gordo's lede today:

    ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.

  • *checks pulse*

    *checks pulse again*


  • Who are you? Andy Rooney?

  • K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best. 

  • how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?

    ...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?

  • Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!

  • Just freakin love it!

  • From Keith Law:

  • This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...

    "Comment From Wrenzie
    Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?

    Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

  • "Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
    Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"

  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.