The Cubs Way a Path to Victory at Indian School Park
Jorge Soler and Chadd Krist blasted solo home runs, and Marco Hernandez ripped a double and an RBI single, scored a run, and stole a base, leading the Cubs to an 8-3 victory over the Giants in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (reported "out for the season" after undergoing back surgery in July) was a DH in today’s game, getting one AB in each of the first four innings. (Sanchez is on a minor league injury rehab assignment at the Giants minor league base in Scottsdale). RHP Pierce Johnson (Cubs 2012 Supplemental 1st Round draft pick out of Missouri State) faced Sanchez the first three times he batted, and retired the big leaguer all three times (called third strike, and then two F-9 pop flies). Sanchez did manage an RBI single in his final AB against Ryan McNeil in the bottom of the 4th, however.
The Cubs did not record an extra base hit in either of their first two Instructs games last week, but the offense was diverse and efficient today, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit in the top of the 1st inning (three consecutive two out walks and a WP), two solo HR, two RBI doubles, and an RBI single. For the day, the Cubs had 11 hits (including the two solo HR and three doubles), six walks, a HBP, and six stolen bases.
So far, the Cubs have drawn 20 walks in their first three Instructs games (20 walks used to be a couple of week’s worth).
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-2 (4-3, BB, F-8)
1b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 2-2 (1B, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-3 (4-3, P-5, 5-3)
2b. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-2 (4-6 FC, 1B, RBI, SB)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-2 (BB, K, HR, 2 R, RBI)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-1 (BB, K, R, 2 SB)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (BB, P-5, K)
4b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (K, BB)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (BB, 2-3, 4-3)
5b. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-2 (2B, F-9, R, RBI)
6a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, F-7, 5-3)
6b. Tim Saunders, 2B: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Wilson Contreras, DH #1: 2-4 (K, K, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
8. Stephen Bruno, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K, F-7 SF, HBP, RBI)
9a. Chadd Krist, C: 1-2 (HR, 5-3, R, RBI)
9b. Lance Rymel, C: 0-2 (3-1, 5-3)
10a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, 2 SB)
10b. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 1-2 (2B, K, R)
1. Pierce Johnson: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 35 pitches (21 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Ryan McNeil: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 36 pitches (19 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
3. Anthony Prieto: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 35 pitches (18 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 33 pitches (15 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
5. Corbin Hoffner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (3):
1. 3B Jeimer Candelario - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Ryan McNeil - E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)
3. 3B Ben Carhart - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Chadd Krist: 0-1 CS
2. Lance Rymel: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 90’s
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.
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.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
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.
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.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
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.
...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.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.
If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.
If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.
Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.