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
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.
They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?
He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.
What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.
(All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)
Lester will probably be all right.
I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.
I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.
Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?
He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.
But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.
The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.
Yup. Thanks Q
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNekUcY-XM
I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.
O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.
Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.
I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.