Bums Score with Extra-Base Hits at Fitch Park
Jeremy Rathjen blasted a solo home run, Chris O’Brien belted an RBI triple, Scott Wingo laced an RBI double, and 2012 1st round draft pick (18th overall) Corey Seager doubled, scored a run, drove-in another, and stole a base, leading the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
The Cubs scored their only runs of the game in the bottom of the 4th, piecing together three consecutive one-out singles by Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, and Dan Vogelbach, and a Marco Hernandez sacrifice fly, to plate two runs.
RHP Jose Arias got the start for the Cubs and had another strong outing, tossing three innings of shutout ball (39 pitches - 30 strikes), allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out three. Arias has probably been the most-impressive Cub pitcher at Instructs so far this year.
RHP Steve Perakslis followed Arias to the hill and got plastered pretty good in his 1.2 IP of work, allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits (two doubles, a triple, and a home run) and a walk.
RF Jorge Soler made two outstanding run-saving diving catches in the game, both while running at full speed to his right.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B-DH: 0-2 (1-3, F-9)
1a. Jesse Hodges, PH-DH: 0-1 (K, BB)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, R)
2b. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-2 (P-6, P-2)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, R)
3b. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI)
4b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (K, BB)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (F-7, BB)
5b. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
6a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (6-3, F-8 SF, RBI)
6b. David Bote, SS: 0-2 (K, F-9)
7a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-2 (K, F-9)
7b. Lance Rymel, C: 0-2 (K, P-3)
8a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (6-3, BB, PO)
8b. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Stephen Bruno, DH-2B: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, F-9)
10. Justin Marra, DH #2: 1-3 (4-3, 4-3, 2B)
1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 39 pitches (30 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 39 pitches (25 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
3. Nathan Dorris: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 53 pitches (31 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
4. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 21 pitches (13 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 1
1B Jacob Rogers- E-3 (throwing error on attempted FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Lance Rymel: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & VERY breezy, with temperatures in the low 90's
I figured this was going to be the most meaningless regular season in Cubs history...and it is pretty much on point, although I certainly didn't think we'd have close to a 14 game lead.
But, one bad hop in game 1 in October could change absolutely everything we will remember about this year.
This is awesome.
(CSN Chicago will air Vin Scully's call of the Sunday Cubs vs. Dodgers game)
oh he's great, there's like 10 great pitchers in the NL right now that can flat out dominate though. Picking #2 (behind Kershaw) doesn't matter much to me right now. Much like whom the Cubs will play in the playoffs won't matter much, they're gonna be good teams.
The Cubs great pitching has a lot more to do with their great defense this year and plenty of good luck (#1 in ERA, #4 in FIP behind Nats, Mets and Dodgers with a rather ridiculous .258 BABIP against Cubs' pitchers).
Cubs pitchers do strike out more hitters than Giants pitchers and do walk more hitters than Giants pitchers so that's a few more balls in play. Cubs' pitchers actually have a higher groundball rate though. Crawford is just really good and baseball happens.
i do what i want.
i run with 12 gangs and we only commit hate crimes.
i do what i want.
I was asking how well Scherzer holds on runners.
BTW, your used underwear remark sounds rather specific. Please don't project. Thanks.
nothing gets you going like someone talking about lester, eh?
i hope you're on his payroll or he sends you used underwear or whatever you're into.
btw, he holds runners like shit. he does things with runners i've never seen another pitcher do in my life...even going back before i was born as far as i can tell. would you like to discuss it? that sounds like it could be educational and fun. hit me up, bruh.
last year they won 97...and came in 3rd in the division. crazy game on a year-to-year basis.
this year it's likely no one else in the division will win 90, though it's technically possible at this point.
no matter what, this is a special team, though...very well rounded...and should be mostly intact next year with a bonus schwarber. chapman may not be around, but whatever...rondon and crew are capable even if not on chapman's level.
How well does he hold on runners?
It's August 26. Cubs with 14 game lead. And not for #1 draft pick.
Words I never thought I would type together.
One more victory to ensure a winning season!
If I were a betting man
Give me the Dodgers tonite, not just because of
Monty on mound.
Two nights in LA for the kids? Woooo
/Prove me wrong
When Scherzer is on his game, he might the the most dominant and intimidating pitcher. A couple of games he has pitched against the Cubs when he had his stuff, and his mound presence was just powerful.
So are lack of chances due to the great pitching?
TLS watch: 0-4 with Iowa last night. Saving his pinch hits for September.
Objectively true. Scherzer's FIP is almost a half point higher than his ERA, mostly I deduce because his BABIP is .249 so something ridiculous like that. It's not like the guy can't be scored on, but when I watch him, I sometimes feel that he's the most in control of the game moving around him.