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
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soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*
Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.
Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh
And...now that runner scores on a single...
So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?
And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??
Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...
Such is the life of a fatted calf...
fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle
...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.
he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.
...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.
his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.
but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.
I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.
The always combustible Jason Hammel
That was fun.
"home field advantage through the playoffs?"
Except for the away games.