Cubs Triple Their Pleasure & Defeat A's at Fitch Park
Bijan Rademacher roped a two-run triple, walked twice, and scored three runs, and NWL batting champion Stephen Bruno drove-in three runs with a two-run triple and an RBI FC, propelling the Cubs to a 10-7 victory over Athletics in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
It was Sonny Gray (A’s) versus Dillon Maples (Cubs) when the game started, but Gray (A’s 2011 1st round draft pick- #18 overall) labored through two innings of work (39 pitches - 24 strikes), allowing two runs (both earned) on two walks and a hit, plus two strikeouts.
And Dillon Maples once again could not throw strikes, walking five in just 1.1 IP (46 pitches - only 19 strikes).
With a hammer-curve and a mid-90’s heater with movement, Maples is almost impossible to hit (the one hit he gave up today--and it is the only hit he has allowed in three Instructs appearances--was a routine ground ball that struck a base-runner), but both of his best pitches are “chase” pitches, so he’s in trouble whenever he gets behind in the count and has to throw a strike.
In three starts so far at Instructs, Maples has this line: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 10 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 116 pitches (54 strikes).
The best outing by a Cub pitcher today was the one turned-in by Dominican bonus baby ($1.5M signing bonus) RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua, who threw 2.2 IP of shutout ball, allowing one hit and one walk, with three strikeouts (two swinging).
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, K, K, R, RBI)
2. Albert Almora, DH #1: 1-3 (6-3, F-9 SF, 1B, F-9, R, RBI)
3a. Jorge Soler, DH #2: 0-2 (K, FC, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3b. Justin Marra, PH: 0-1 (K)
4a. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 1-1 (BB, BB, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI)
4b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (3-U)
5a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP, R)
5b. Chadd Krist, C: 0-1 (5-3)
6. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-4 (K, 3B, 1-6 FC, 5-3, 3 RBI)
7. Tim Saunders, SS-RF: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, 6-4-3 DP, RBI, PO)
8a. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-1 (F-9 SF, 1B, RBI, SB)
8b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
9. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-3 (1B+E8, K, 6-3, R)
10. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, K, R)
1. Dillon Maples: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 2 K, 46 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Trey Lang: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 44 pitches (21 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 39 pitches (26 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
4. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 29 pitches (15 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
5. Corbin Hoffner: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 21 pitches (11 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 2-5 CS
WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and a bit breezy, with temperatures in the upper-90's
ATTENDANCE: 24 (mostly scouts)
well, that didn't take long.
11 pitches, voto HR...thankfully, solo.
It'll be interesting to see if Baez is still a whirling dervish at the plate. He's rocking it good in AAA, and I've read some good stuff, so fingers crossed.
More bitching about him being traded than Archer
good...he's been stinking up the durham bulls for a couple years now.
Rays DFA Hak-Ju Lee.
Olt for Lee and the circle of life is complete
dusty would have to start baez because both lastella + castro would be pitching because all the other pitcher's arms would have fallen off months ago. it would piss dusty off because baez is a rookie and theo couldn't go out and get him a 39 year old DH to play 2nd. i imagine it would be a 2-box-of-toothpicks night.
lou would have quit his job already, so that's irrelevant and a trick question.
just a theoretical thought...if Dusty was manager (WWDD) or if Lou (WWLD) was manager...
would Javy Baez be in tonight's lineup?
my thought is:
Dusty... Bonifacio would have been brought up and started at 2B
Lou..."I like playing the kids, really I do, but but but Jonathan Herrera really needs to play to stay sharp."
He was replying to tweet who said error should have been hit
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Jeff Russell and Rafael Soriano DFA's to make room for the callups (Berry and Cahill)
The next 4 weeks should answer this for us. If Castro starts hitting again and neither Baez or La Stella perform, he'd be on a playoff roster. If not, and one of those other two guys does well, I wouldn't be surprised if he was left off. A key error or mental lapse in a one game playoff would be killer and he is too prone to them.
To put a finer point on it, Baez playing second and hitting 7th tonight.
"This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." from a Tweet from Arrieta. I who do you think he is talking about.
"This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." --Jake Arrieta on Twitter.
I'll check back in on a day that Starlin doesn't make three errors. But for now I would say him not making the playoff roster is a stretch. Who do you trust more than Starlin to be a RH backup middle infielder? Herrera has no bat at all, and Baez has been in AAA all season and may be as error prone as Castro and may strike out a giant proportion of the time he's at the plate. I'm also less than convinced that La Stella will step in and be a significant contributor. Starlin is at least a big part of the 2B picture for the remainder of the year.
Sadly, nothing is sticking to the wall. The only thing still lingering is the smell from their pitching outings.