Soler Energy Is The Cubs Way of the Future
Jorge Soler laced a three-run bases-loaded bases-clearing double down the LF line with two outs in the bottom of the 4th to break-open a close game, and the Cubs went on to defeat the Athletics 7-4 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
Soler also walked twice and scored a run.
Jacob Rogers singled twice, walked, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Gioskar Amaya ripped an RBI single and walked twice, to aid the Cub offense
B. A. Vollmuth belted a two-run home run, doubled, walked, and scored two runs, and Renato Nunez blasted a solo HR, in a losing cause.
The Cubs drew nine walks today, bringing their five-game Instructs total to 35 BB, including two nine-walk games.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-2 (3B, K, BB, 2 R)
1b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, R, SB)
2b. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-1 (BB, BB, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B-DH: 0-3 (3-1, F-7, K, RBI)
4b. Rafael Lopez, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-4)
5b. Tim Saunders, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
6a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB, RBI, SB)
6b. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-3 (P-6, K, K)
7b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (3-U)
8. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (6-3, BB, 3-1, R)
9. Ben Carhart, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, F-8, P-6, R)
10. Jacob Rogers, DH-1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
1. Dallas Beeler: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 39 pitches (28 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
2. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 42 pitches (29 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
3. Corbin Hoffner: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 40 pitches (24 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (3):
1. SS Arismendy Alcantara - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score from 3rd base)
3. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed base-runner to advance from 2nd to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the mid-90’s
ATTENDANCE: 23 (mostly scouts)
The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.
That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.
On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!
KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.
Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?
Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.
Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.
So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?
Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.
Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.
Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?
Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?
Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.
Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?
THAT WAS TURRIBLE.
Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?
Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.
...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.
bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.
chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.
i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.