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
Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.
CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.
Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.
Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.
I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.
I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.
It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.
Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.
My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.
In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.
One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.
I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.
Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.
What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?
I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.
there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.
I certainly am digging the RISP machine Zobrist version.
Cubs are taking advantage of bad D by their opponents -- did it a few times in PIT and the Nats botched 2-out rundown leads to 3 Cub runs in the 8th. Which were nice to have.
I hope Kyle had fun at the dance party -- he was terrific.
i hope he's getting more consideration for the 2-slot vs lefties, too.