Brewers Drive Cubs (and AZ Phil) to Drink
Submitted by Arizona Phil on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 5:56pm
The Brewers Arizona Instructional League team took advantage of five errors, two passed balls, and three wild pitches, en route to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs AZ Instructional League team at Maryvale Sports Complex Field #7 (AKA "Paul Molitor Field") in Phoenix this afternoon. (The "Big Stadium" at Maryvale was pre-booked for the championship game of some national senior league baseball tournament, so the Brewers and Cubs had to play their game down on the "Lower 40"). Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only): LINEUP: 1.
Leon Johnson, CF (0-3, R, BB, K)
2. Tony Thomas, 2B (1-3, R, BB)
3. Steve Clevenger, 1B (1-3, RBI, BB)
4. Tyler Colvin, DH #1 (1-4, RBI, 2B, BB, K)
5A. Brandon Guyer, DH #2 (0-2, RBI, HBP, K)
5B. Gian Guzman, PH (0-1, K)
6A. Josh Donaldson, C (2-2, R, 2 2B, BB)
6B. Carlos Perez, C (1-1)
7A. Josh Vitters, 3B (1-3, GIDP)
7B. Jovan Rosa, PH (0-1, K)
8. Jonathan Wyatt, LF (0-4, RBI, GIDP, K)
9. Darwin Barney, SS (1-2, R, BB)
10. Cliff Andersen, RF (1-3, 2B, K)
NOTE: Brewers permitted Colvin to take an additional AB between Vitters and Wyatt in 6th inning.
1. Dumas Garcia: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP (36 pitches, including 31 pitches in 2nd inning)
2. Jose Ceda: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP (29 pitches, fastball topped out at 98 MPH)
3. Matt Maradeo: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP (34 pitches)
4. Stephen Vento: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (18 pitches)
5. Mark Pawelek: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (10 pitches)
6. Rafael Cova: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (20 pitches)
Josh Donaldson - 3 (one overthrow trying to throw out base-stealer at 2nd base allowing runner to advance to 3rd, one overthrow trying to pick runner off 1st base allowing runer to advance to 2nd, and one overthrow trying to throw out runner trying to advance from 2nd to 3rd base after play at the plate allowing runner to score).
Jose Ceda - 1 (fumbled throw back from catcher between pitches, then leisurely walked over and picked up the ball as the runner scored from 3rd base).
Leon Johnson - 1 (overthrew 2nd base trying to throw out runner attempting to stretch single into double, allowing runner to advance to 3rd).
Josh Donaldson: 0-3 CS, 2 PB, 3 ERRORS (see above)
Carlos Perez: 0-2 CS
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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.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.