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)
That second walk he gave Up was awful though with no pitches even close to being a strike. He was trying to pitch around bunt and that almost never works. That said Rondon should have been brought in after the first walk and should have been left in to finish the inning because he was looking like he had good stuff.
Remember when Bryant used to be able to run the bases with impunity?
And Miggy costs them another run
torres would easily be the system's #1 prospect. he's a middle IF'r that's showing he can stick there even as he's gaining bulk/muscle so far. that said, it's not like the distance between torres and jimenez is huge...it's torres's position value that would vault him in prospect status.
jimenez has the higher ceiling just isolating the bat aspect of his game.
it would suck to lose either, but torres is a very popular/valuable piece.
Arrieta in line to lose the game too
...and chapman fails us. gives up the lead. boo.
bringing in rondon to try to put out this fire is a nice luxury.
Complete craziness bottom seven. Bottom line Cubs were fortunate to score a run
And of course Arrieta walks the first two batters in the eighth (to be fair he was totally squeezed on Zunino's walk to start the inning)
...and the no hitter is over in the 7th...2 on, 0 out.
Miley thru six: no hits, no walks, 8 K's - one batter (Bryant) reached on a error by Seager (hard hit but clearly an error). At 71 pitches
It's the law of baseball -- if you score 10+ runs in a game, you must struggle to score in the next game. Particulalry against an inferior pitcher.
Looking for Bryant to break up another no-no with a long fly ball in the sixth.
But any hit will do.
this game is f'n flying by.
also, "Hernandez (5-4, 3.45) versus Hendricks (9-7, 2.39), ruined by ESPN tomorrow at 7:08pmCST." gets 1000 upvotes and a gold star.
His control is still off with a lot of overthrowing of his fastball. Mariners haven't been able to take advantage of it so far but it still doesn't seen like he's had a start this year where his mechanics have been great start to finish.
Why is that disconcerting, OB?
He was a big key to the crazy start, a big key to the end of last year, a big key in not beating the Mets (although lots of help from a tired inexperienced team there), so although the team as a whole can get through a series with a good Jake it will be tough with a bad Jake. I don't think it's realistic to have the insanely great Jake again, but maybe it is. Seeing today's box score it appears maybe it is - but I haven't been able to tune in yet.