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)
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.