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)
I love winning! It's, like, better than losing?
You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.
Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.
New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.
Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.
I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.
The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.
Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.
6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.
And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.
What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?
Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...
I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."
OK, boys -- find a way to win today.
There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:
-6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100
Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel
Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.