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)
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.
If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.
If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.
Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.
I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.
Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.