Vogelbomb Sinks Snakes at Salt River Fields
Dan Vogelbach crushed a towering three-run home run over the right-centerfield fence in the top of the 6th to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead, and a two-run Diamondback rally in the bottom of the 9th fell just a bit short as Nathan Dorris struck out Justin Bianco looking on a 3-2 pitch with the potential tying and winning runs on base, earning the Cubs a 5-4 victory in Arizona Instructional League action at Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale this morning.
In addition to Vogelbach’s Big Fly, Shawon Dunston Jr drilled a double and an RBI single, stole a base, and recorded an outfield assist, and RHP Pierce Johnson threw three innings of one-hit ball.
And FWIW, Vogelbach's mega-dinger came off a LHP (South Bend lefty reliever Keith Hessler).
Stud RHP prospect Archie Bradley started the game for the Diamondbacks and threw two shutout innings (34 pitches - 21 strikes, 1/1 GO/FO), allowing three hits (two singles and a double) and no walks, with three strikeouts (one swinging).
The Cubs drew six more walks today (and three of the players who walked scored), bringing their BB total to 48 in seven AZIL games, including two nine-walk games. (They have not drawn fewer than five walks in any game).
The Cubs have scored 34 runs so far in their first seven Instructs games, and 13 of the 34 runs (38%) were scored by players who reached base on a walk.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-4 (2B, 1B, 5-3, 4-3, RBI, SB)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-7, BB, R, CS)
2b. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
3a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, R)
3b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 1-4 (K, K, HR, F-7, R, 3 RBI)
5a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (F-7, 4-3, K)
5b. David Bote, SS: 0-1 (5-3)
6a. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (4-3, K, K)
6b. Tim Saunders, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
7a. Chadd Krist, C: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
7b. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, CS)
8. Rafael Lopez, DH #2: 0-3 (K, F-9, K, BB)
9. Ben Carhart, 1B: 1-4 (2B, 5-3, K, 6-U FC, R)
10. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB, R, SB)
1. Starling Peralta: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 31 pitches (18 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
2. Pierce Johnson: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 32 pitches (19 strikes), 6/1 GO/FO
3. Paul Blackburn: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 20 pitches (14 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Duane Underwood: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 31 pitches (17 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
5. Nathan Dorris: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 6 pitches (3 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS (2):
1. 1B Ben Carhart - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS David Bote - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Chadd Krist: 0-2 CS
2. Wilson Contreras: 1-1 CS
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Shawon Dunston Jr - runner thrown out 8-3-6 trying to advance to 2nd base on RBI single to CF
WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the low 90’s
ATTENDANCE: 17 (mostly scouts)
Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.
Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick
Meanwhile, out West:
SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.
Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.
The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).
A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was.
Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.
ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)
Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.
Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.
Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
Hope they can sustain it.
Don't sell yourself short, Judge.
I love this team.
Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.
Hey! I remember this team!
The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...
I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!
I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.
Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.
Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.
Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.
I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....
@Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.