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)
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.
First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.
Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.
Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.
"Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."
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Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)