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
nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.
Wow in deed.
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Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game
he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.
He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.
At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.
sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.
he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.
Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?
"The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."
Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.
seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.
I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.
I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.
Cardinals, stop that. Right now.
In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.
vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.
while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.
Carl Jr.! Very nice!
Baez with another "WTF?" play trying a delayed steal with a runner on 3rd and one out.. Remarkable talent, needs to make better decisions.
m.montgomery up in the pen with a man on 2nd, 2 out, and rondon 20 pitches into the inning.
...and rondon ends it 22 pitches in with a popout to RF.