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)
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.
They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
I think they know what they are doing.
With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012
the Rex brothers?
Yeah, the Rex brothers, Tyrannosaurus and Oedipus
When I first saw the Tweet, I thought there were two guys. Happy Thanksgiving gang! And TheoJed!
They can use another Brother
Cubs acquired Rex Brothers. Awesome fit for this team. Wander Cabrera going to COL.
"MLB announces #Cubs Minor League RHP Tanner Griggs receives 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for amphetamine"
2014 12th rounder...
it's hard to know who to blame...on one hand he's a baseball player, on the other he sells cars in the offseason...either job leads to amphetamine abuse. =p
Thanks PHIL! I thought only the Cubs had control until the last day of the MLB 2015 Season.
that's awesome...makes me look forward to hearing theo talk some more about how the team needs to be creative with finances because money is tight.
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CUBBIES-4-EVER: It's not unusual for a PTBNL to be chosen after the Rule 5 Draft from the list of Rule 5 eligible players who were not selected. That way, a club gets a player they like (perhaps somebody like OF Jeffrey Baez) without the cumbersome Rule 5 roster restrictions that go with a Rule 5 Draft pick.
Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season.
Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.