Candy Triple Not So Sweet for Angels
Jeimer Candelario belted a two-out game-tying bases-loaded three-run triple off the RF fence and Rafael Lopez followed with an RBI double into the RF corner to drive-in the go-ahead run, as the Cubs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th en route to a 5-4 victory over the Angels in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
David Bote drove-in the Cubs first run of the game in the 5th with a two-out RBI double into the LF corner.
Making his first game appearance since throwing two innings for Peoria at Kane County on September 3rd, RHP Ben Wells got the start for the Cubs today and tossed two shutout innings with four strikeouts, allowing one harmless single.
RHP Jose Arias relieved Wells and hurled 2.2 IP of no-hit ball with three strikeouts, and after the Cubs took a 5-4 lead in the 6th, LHP Nathan Dorris threw three shutout innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts to record his second three-inning save this week (and third save in five games).
Kaleb Cowart (Angels 2010 1st round draft pick - 18th overall pick) provided most of the offense for the Angels in today's game, with a two-run double, a single, and a walk, in three PA. Cowart is playing temporarily with the Angels Instructs squad while preparing for the Arizona Fall League (AFL), where he will be a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions. The AFL begins play on Tuesday.
Several Cubs executives were at the game today, including Assistant GM Randy Bush and Scouting & Player Development Director Jason McLeod.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Tim Saunders, SS: 1-2 (2B, K, PO)
1b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-2 (3-U, 1-3)
2. Albert Almora, CF: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, E-6, K, R, SB)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-1 (F-8, HBP)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-1 (K, BB)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
4b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
5a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-4 FC)
5b. Lance Rymel, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-3, R)
6a. Ben Carhart, 3B: 0-2 (E-7, 6-3)
6b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-2 (3B, K, R, 3 RBI)
7. Rafael Lopez, DH #1: 1-3 (K, L-6, 2B, RBI)
8. Chadd Krist, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
9. David Bote, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, K, RBI)
10a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
10b. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-0 (HBP)
1. Ben Wells: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 21 pitches (15 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Jose Arias: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 40 pitches (29 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 40 pitches (25 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Nathan Dorris: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 40 pitches (27 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. C Wilson Contreras - E-2 (throwing error after dropped third strike allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
3. P Steve Perakslis - E-1 (throwing error at 3rd base on SH-FC allowed runner to score)
4. SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilson Contreras: 1 E (see above)
2. Lance Rymel: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Jorge Soler - threw out runner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to RF
WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the 90’s
ATTENDANCE: 17 (including Carrie Muskat)
it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?
sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.
HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).
Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.
I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.
One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players.
CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.
As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?
AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?
Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.
AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.
I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.
But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.
Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.
Jason deGrom -- oh, my.
Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.
Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.
Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.
Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.
that game sounds fun as hell.
I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.