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

1B Jacob Rogers- E-3 (throwing error on attempted FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)

Lance Rymel: 0-1 CS

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & VERY breezy, with temperatures in the low 90's


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  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the MLB.com article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!