Cubs Youngsters Drop One to A’s
Submitted by Arizona Phil on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 5:00pm
The Cubs took a 3-1 run lead early, scoring two runs in the first inning and one in the second, but were unable to hold the lead, as the Oakland A's Arizona Instructional League team rallied to defeat the Cubs Arizona Instructional League team 6-4 this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa. After Cubs starter
Chris Siegfried surrendered an RBI double in the top of the 1st, the Cubs responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Tony Thomas drew a lead-off walk, and advanced to third on a stolen base and a ground out. Steve Clevenger laced a single back up through the middle to score Thomas, and after Kyler Burke walked, Brandon Guyer lined a single to CF to drive-in Clevenger.
The Cubs added another run in the bottom of the second, as Jovan Rosa walked to lead off the inning, advancing to third base on a ground-rule double sliced into the LF corner by Cliff Andersen. Mark Reed then followed with a line-drive sac fly to RF to score Rosa.
Today marked the Cubs debut of Marcos Mateo, the pitcher the Cubs acquired from the Cincinnati Reds as the PTBNL in the Buck Coats deal. Mateo looked OK, pitching two innings of shutout ball and getting ground ball after ground ball with a hard-driving sinker, although he did surrender three ground singles along the way.
18-year old lefty Marco Tovar entered the game in the top of the 5th with the Cubs leading 3-1, but couldn't hold the lead, as the A's nailed the youngster for three runs. Tovar, one of three pitchers recently signed by the Cubs out of Tijuana in the Mexican League ( Rafael Cova and Alan Guerrero being the other two), struggled with his command throughout his two innings of work.
Trailing 6-3, the Cubs rallied in the bottom of the 8th. With one out, Reed doubled and Thomas reached on an error by the A's 3rd baseman. Jonathan Wyatt then came through with a line single to right-center to knock-in Reed, with Thomas hot-footing it to third. Welington Castillo worked a walk to load the bases, but the bases were left loaded as Burke was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch and Guyer popped out to the A's 1st baseman in foul territory to end the threat.
Lead-off hitter Tony Thomas had an active day, reaching base three times on a walk, a bunt single, and an error. The Cubs 2007 3rd round pick out of Florida State also had a stolen base, as well as being picked-off once. He is real instigator at the top of the lineup.
On defense, Darwin Barney made a couple of nice plays at SS (including a pinpoint relay throw to nab a runner trying to stretch a double into a triple), and Clevenger and Castillo each had one CS.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only)
1. Tony Thomas, 2B (1-3, R, BB, SB, PO)
2. Jonathan Wyatt, CF (1-4, RBI)
3-A. Steve Clevenger, C (1-2, R, RBI)
3-B. Welington Castillo, C (1-1, BB)
4. Kyler Burke, RF (0-3. BB, 2 K)
5. Brandon Guyer, LF (1-4, RBI)
6. Josh Vitters, DH #1 (0-2, 2 BB)
7. Darwin Barney, SS (1-4, 2 K, GIDP)
8. Jovan Rosa, 3B (0-3, R, BB, K)
9. Cliff Andersen, DH #2 (1-3, 2B, K)
10. Mark Reed, 1B (1-2, 2B, R, SF-RBI)
NOTE: The AZ Instructional League uses two DHs and a ten-man batting order
1. Chris Siegfried - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K (26 pitches)
2. Marcos Mateo - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (26 pitches)
3. Marco Tovar - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP (39 pitches)
4. Stephen Vento - 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K (41 pitches)
5. Matt Maradeo - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)
Clevenger 1-2 CS
Castillo 1-2 CS, 1 PB
Wyatt (runner thrown out at third-base 8-6-5 trying to stretch a double into a triple).
Attendance: 13 (estimated), including Oneri Fleita
"Welcome to the Cubs. Our job is to get you to Wrigley Field. Be patient, relax, and have fun." - Oneri Fleita, speaking through a Korean translator to new Cubs pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee at Fitch Park today. (Rhee's family is in town and has been attending the games).
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Nice stuff tonight... Brewers sweep Pirates, 5-3 Giants losing to Rockies 9-2, 5th Dodgers losing 2-0 to SD, early. Corey Seager strikes out in 1st MLB at-bat.
Still taking quite a bit of time
I was running something that probably slowed it down. Should be much better now
Is it me, or is the site taking fo-r-ev-er to load?
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"never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations." Tie game at home in the ninth, there can never be a save situation. So you're saying, don't use your best reliever today.
Sorry if this was covered in a different thread, but while I overall like this new design, the white type on the dark background is a killer. I may be in the minority on that. But again, nice job.
It was almost like Javy was saying, "see, O&B, same old Javy here." Guy's gotta learn you don't need to swing hard to knock a Chapman ball out of the park. Choke up, dude, follow Rizzo's lead.
The magic number is now 24.
Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
I personally don't think managers use closers enough in tie games in the 9th. The mindset and adrenaline should be just like a save situation. You get the outs, you have a great chance of winning. You don't your team is screwed.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.