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)


CUBS LINEUP:
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)


CUBS PITCHERS:
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


ATTENDANCE: 28

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  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 32 min 19 sec ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 58 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 12 hours 36 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 12 hours 37 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 22 hours 18 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 1 hour ago view