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

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)

Wilson Contreras: 1-1 CS

WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the mid-90’s

ATTENDANCE: 23 (mostly scouts)

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  • CUBSTER: I would think a cab or a limo would get Motte to the airport faster than a golf cart. The maximum speed of a golf cart is (what?) maybe 15 MPH, which could actually be dangerous on an expressway. 

  • from the Sunday Trib...

    Reliever Jason Motte waved as he left the visitor’s clubhouse at Miller Park on a golf cart en route to the airport to catch a flight to Arizona to start a rehab assignment.
    Motte has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a right shoulder strain, but there’s a possibility he could rejoin the Cubs if they advance deep in the playoffs.
    Motte is scheduled to pitch in simulated games and in Instructional League games in Arizona.

  • 8 in a row to end the year...let's do this playoffs thing.

  • shelby miller (ATL) finishes the season with a win, snapping his 24-game winless streak...because ATL bats are non-existent.

    3.02 era, 1.25 whip, 205.1ip, 171K

    6-17 w/l...ugg.

  • Totally independent of the Cubs winning or losing today, Dan Haren came into today's game having earned $2M of his potential $3M in performance bonuses for 2015. 

    By making the start (his 32nd start of the season) he picked up $500K, and he'll get the remaining $500K if he can throw at least 8.2 IP in the game (he was at 181.1 IP coming into the game, and he needs to reach 190 IP to get the remaining $500K), 

    It's a bit like the old "Bowling for Dollars" TV show, but of course Haren is actually "Pitching for Dollars."

  • holy crap, MIL is just...awful.

  • i think he's currently playing for the Santo Domingo Meths. he's an Adderall-Star player there.

  • I'm longing for a Neifi sighting.

  • if you have stable/fast internet you can stream with and you don't mind giving up $20 a month check out "sling tv".

    TBS, TNT, ESPN 1+2, etc...100% legal.


  • 68 pitches (50 strikes)

    love seeing that...especially with the batters doing very little with it.

  • Yeah, keep him off the playoff roster.

  • Or, he's looked exactly like Ted Williams.

  • Lately he hasn't looked like Ted Williams...

  • Reading between the lines on some of his comments he seems to know his longish swing doesn't play well with a man on third and two outs, and two strikes on him. I doubt a playoff adjustment is happening, just something he'll need to figure out next year. I have this odd feeling he will.

  • Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Bryant leads NL rookies in HRs (26), RBIs (99), 2B (31) and runs (86). Last rookie to reach 26 HR, 99 RBI, 31 2bs, 86 runs and 74 BBs?

    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Boston’s Ted Williams in 1939