Soler & Vogelbach Supply Cub Power at Papago Park
Jorge Soler and Dan Vogelbach blasted home runs, Chadd Krist singled, doubled, walked, and scored a run, Gioskar Amaya singled, walked, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Nathan Dorris collected his second save in successive games by throwing three innings of one-hit shutout ball, leading the Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Athletics in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Papago Park Baseball Complex Field #2 (AKA “Connie Mack Field”) in Phoenix.
Besides hammering a two-run HR down the RF line off RHP Ryan Dull in the top of the 9th, Vogelbach also singled, stole a base, and scored a run in a two-run Cubs 1st inning.
Soler’s HR was a 400+ ft solo blast over the left-centerfield fence in the 6th off RHP Lee Sosa. Soler also drove-in a run with an RBI ground out in the 1st, and singled and scored on Vogelbach’s dinger in the 9th.
Vicmal de la Cruz belted a solo HR for the A’s lone run.
66 students and 15 instructors from MLB Scout School were in attendance at today’s game, and the Cubs and A’s put on a special work-out for the students on Field #1 prior to the game. Both teams performed various drills showcasing the range, arm strength, and throwing accuracy of the outfielders, fielding skills and arm strength of the infielders, and plate-blocking skills and arm strength of the catchers. It was very much like what you might see at a tryout camp, and several of the players seemed to relish showing off their arms and fielding prowess.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (BB, F-9, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI, SB)
2. Albert Almora, CF: 0-4 (K, P-4, P-4, F-7)
3. Jorge Soler, RF: 2-4 (5-3, 6-3, HR, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, K, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-3 (BB, 3-U, 6-3, K)
6a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-7, RBI, SB)
6b. Tim Saunders, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Stephen Bruno, DH #1: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B)
8a. Rafael Lopez, C-DH: 0-1 (5-3)
8b. Trevor Gretzky, PH-DH: 0-1 (F-8)
8c. Ben Carhart, PH: 0-1 (L-3)
9. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB, PO)
10. Chadd Krist, DH #2: 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB, R)
11a. Justin Marra, DH-C: 0-2 (F-8, F-8)
11b. Lance Rymel, C: 0-1 (F-9)
1. Dallas Beeler: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 51 pitches (34 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
2. Ryan McNeil: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 48 pitches (30 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO
3. Nathan Dorris: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 36 pitches (24 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
NOTE: The bottom of the 3rd inning was stopped ("ROLL IT!") with two outs and runners at 1st & 2nd when Beeler reached his pre-planned max pitch limit, and the bottom of the 6th inning was stopped with two outs and a runner at 1st base when McNeil reached his pre-planned max pitch limit
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Lance Rymel: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures 100+
ATTENDANCE: 98 (mostly students & instructors from MLB Scout School)
jose fernandez's number is going to be retired by FLA.
there's custom jerseys on their way to tonight's game (and hopefully will make it on time). all the marlins are going to wear #16 tonight.
this still sucks.
probably saturday depending on what they do with hammel (assuming friday for ham).
Lester is going to get one more start, right? It sure would be nice to see him get a shot at 20 wins.
Nicely done! I think in my 10-14 games I went .500 or a little over. Strangely, I went to the Cards games they mostly lost (incl Saturday) and the one SF game they lost, plus a couple Brewers games they lost, too. I should have gone to just Reds games. But still - saw mostly very good baseball on the North Side this year. Regardless of what happens come October - the Cubs are positioned for some good times in the next 3-5 years.
First Cub victory at home this year for me!
Saw all four starters this year
RIP Arnie. We could use a lot more like you -- a man who succeeded and failed on his own terms, a true original, and, finally, a remarkable example of graciousness towards others.
Cubs finish 33 over at home. I was, personally, one game over at 3-2, which was one of my better years in a while.
I do hope that's the last time we see the Cardinals this year. A lot of power, which is dangerous, particularly in a short series, and they have really shut down KB all year.
Oh, and Jon Lester? Damn!
Yes. Boating accident at 3AM. Very sad, but stupid. Young men do stupid things.
lester puts 2 on and is taken out at 96 pitches. oh well.
2 out in the 7th, lester at 84 pitches, ross taken out for the standing O.
it's possible contreras will catch lester for another inning+.
What a weird day. Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer, but then Scully and, on a much more modest level, Ross....
d.ross gets his 2nd standing O on the night (last home game of the season)...hits HR #10...curtain call. baseball.
as a fan, he only "owes" us the game on the field and not getting in the way of others on his team being ready to play (imo).
it's exponentially worse to his family and friends, but this dude most likely had 15+ years of play left and even though he just turned 24 a couple months ago he had already established himself as a top guy in the game.
Carrie Muskat [email protected]
Updated #Cubs probs vs Pirates: Mon, Hendricks vs Kuhl; Tue, Lackey vs Vogelsong; Wed, Arrieta vs Taillon; Thu, Zastryzny vs Nova
I know what you're trying to say, Charlie, that none of us feels what his loved ones must be feeling.
On the other hand, what makes a death like this tragic is precisely the loss, based on Fernandez's youth and brilliance, to the baseball world.
So, for example, we can say that Princess Diana's death meant more, in aggregate, to millions of admirers who didn't know her personally than to her loved ones.