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)


CUBS LINEUP:
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)


CUBS PITCHERS:
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)

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 8 hours 22 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 8 hours 42 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 8 hours 44 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 8 hours 51 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 10 hours 34 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 11 hours 8 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 11 hours 43 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 11 hours 47 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 11 hours 52 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 11 hours 57 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 13 hours 53 sec ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 14 hours 55 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 15 hours 9 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 15 hours 39 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 15 hours 55 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 19 hours 49 min ago view