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)
maddon is easily one of the best managers out there, that's why he's getting paid huge for someone that doesn't have to rent/own in NYC/LA.
for the most part there's 2-3-5 of guys on that level, and 25-28 other teams trying to find a guy who's capable. they can also go out of favor rather quickly (m.sciossa recently). last year's NL MOY didn't make it a full year into 2015 before getting fired.
no matter how one feels about how it could have been done cheaper with less commitment, we only know how this way is working out. it's been awesome so far.
Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.
I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.
Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.
Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.
Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.
This team is just so much damn fun.
Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.
Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.
pretty much this. also, a magician.
Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people
What did I miss?
I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.
How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.
I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.
With today's victory, the Cubs are just 1/2 game behind (0.5 GB) the Cardinals for the best record in MLB in 2015.
If they win the LCS and the World Series and go no worse than 8-4 in the process, the Cubs will be World Champions AND they will have the best record in MLB in 2015 (CUBS 109-70 .6089 versus STL 101-65 .6084).
Well, I can say this...Cardinals fans certainly hate the Cubs right now...about as much as Pirates fans.
Our bullpen was friggin brilliant this series...even if their ERA doesn't look good.
Not sure who I want...Kershaw/Greinke is scary, but I almost worry more about the Mets ability to score in bunches like us.
Do like the fact that if it is the Dodgers, Kershaw can't go until Game 2 and Greinke until Game 3.
I agree with you, but I hate them both. I hate Stephen Piscotty. I hate Tommy Pham. I hate Yadier Molina. I hate Kolten Wong. I hate Jon Jay. And that's just off the 2015 version of the Cardinals.
Sorry, I'm a hateful person :(