Cubs Can't Solve Socratic Problem (Speed)
Socrates Brito rifled a line-drive into the RF corner and then raced around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park home run, and Ben Eckels threw three innings of one-hit ball and combined with four relievers to toss a shutout, as the Diamondbacks blanked the Cubs 2-0 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
RHP Starling Peralta got the start for the Cubs and threw 3.2 IP of one-hit shutout ball, and RHP Pierce Johnson followed Peralta and threw 2.2 IP of shutout ball with five strikeouts.
There wasn’t much offense for the Cubs today. Gioskar Amaya singled twice, and Jorge Soler reached base on a walk and on an opposite-field double into the right-centerfield alley.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, K, 1B, CS)
2. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-4 (F-7, F-7, F-9, 4-6-3 DP)
3a. Jeimer Candelario, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, F-8)
3b. Justin Marra, C: 1-2 (1B, K)
4. Jorge Soler, DH #2: 1-2 (BB, 4-3, 2B)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, K)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, 5-3)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-2 (4-3, HBP, 4-3)
8. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-3 (K, 6-4-3 DP, P-6)
9. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-3 (6-3, K, 1-3)
10a. Lance Rymel, C-DH: 1-2 (4-3, 1B)
10b. David Bote, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
1. Starling Peralta: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 47 pitches (32 strikes), 4/7 GO/FO
2. Pierce Johnson: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 45 pitches (26 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Carlos Martinez: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 17 pitches (12 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
4. Paul Blackburn: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 1
P Starling Peralta - E-1 (dropped throw from 1st baseman attempting to complete 3-1 putout allowing batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and breezy, with temperatures in the high-90’s
ATTENDANCE: 18 (mostly scouts)
if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.
I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.
They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.
If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!
(But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)
Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.
Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.
He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.
In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.
Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?
Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]
ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.
cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels.
M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores) the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating.
E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.
Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).
PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.