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)
On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!
KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.
Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?
Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.
Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.
So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?
Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.
Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.
Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?
Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?
Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.
Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?
THAT WAS TURRIBLE.
Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?
Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.
...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.
bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.
chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.
i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.
the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.