Killer Bees Lead Cubs to Victory

Robert Hernandez threw three hitless innings and Dwayne Kemp drove in three runs with a sac fly, a triple, and a home run, leading the EXST Cubs to a 9-4 victory over the EXST Giants in Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning.   

Hernandez, who is staying in shape at Fitch Park while serving a 50-game prohibited substance suspension, struck out three and walked one in his three innings of work. Hopefully the Peoria Chiefs are keeping his spot in their starting rotation warm, because the young Venezuelan has looked great so far at EXST, and he was really cookin' out there on the mound today.  

In EXST roster news, prized 18-year old Venezuelan RHP prospect Larry Suarez underwent season-ending elbow surgery last week, 1B Bryan Jost (who had season-ending knee surgery while assigned to the AZ Instructional League last October) is now nursing a groin or quad injury, and 2B-OF Jeffrey Rea (who has been at EXST rehabbing a sore arm) was supposed to leave for Peoria tomorrow, but unfortunately for him (and good for somebody struggling at Peoria) he has had his promotion postponed probably until sometime next week after suffering a quad strain while running the bases in yesterday's game. And OF Brandon Guyer (fractured elbow rehab) is still unable to throw, although he can swing the bat OK and has been used as a DH. Guyer is a Matt Murton clone.  

Also, the reason 1B Marc Sawyer (2007 15th round draft pick out of Yale) did not report to Minor League Camp last month is because he decided to retire. I guess the value of an Ivy League degree exceeds a .203 batting average at Boise, so perhaps he found he could make more money doing anything other than playing minor league baseball for four or five grand a year.

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):

1. Elvis Lara, DH #1: 1-5 (1-3, 6-3, 3B-RBI + R, 1-3, Ks)
2. Starlin Castro, SS: 1-4 (1-3, Ks, 3B-RBI, F-9)
3. John Contreras, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, 6-3, F-9, BB)
4a. Nelson Perez, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 1B + R, F-7)
4b. Drew Rundle, RF: 0-1 (6-4 FC + SB)
5. Roberto Sabates, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, BB+ R, F-9, 1B)
6. Luke Sommer, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, BB + R, F-8, F-7)
7. Andres Quezada, CF: 2-4 (F-8, 1B-RBI + R, 6-3, 1B + R)
8. Kevin Soto, LF: 3-4 (Ks, 1B-RBI, 1B + R, 2B)
9. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 2-3 (3B, 6-4-3 GIDP, TWO RUN HR, F-7 SF-RBI) 
10. Jose Guevara, C: 0-3 (Kc, BB + R, 4-3, 4-3)

1. Arik Hempy - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP
2. Jim Henderson - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
3. Robert Hernandez - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
4. Yohan Gonzalez - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K
5. Julio Pena - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP 

ERROR (1):
Dwayne Kemp (overthrow at 1st while attempting to complete 5-4-3 DP allowed batter-runner to advance extra base)

LF Kevin Soto (7-2, runner thrown out at home trying to score from 2nd base on line single to LF)
RF Nelson Perez (9-4-5, runner thrown out at 3rd base trying to stretch RBI double into triple)

Dwayne Kemp was thrown out 8-6-2 trying to stretch triple into inside-the-park HR.

Jose Guevara: 0-2 CS, 2 PB 

WEATHER: Hot & sunny, temp in 80's

ATTENDANCE: 4 (including Orkin pest control guy, who was there to try and neutralize an agitated Africanized "Killer Bee" hive located in a tree next to Field #4).

SAGE ADVICE FROM AZ PHIL: Speaking from personal experience, Killer Bees will chase a person up to a half-mile, so once they decide they don't like you, the best thing to do is cover your head, keep runnin', and don't stop!

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arik hempy.

now there's a guy who would sell jerseys...or be a co-star character on spongebob.


he's local to here (central NC)...didnt know.

also had his elbow reconstructed while a junior in college.

check out the sidebar links to success stories...cubs, ex-cubs, and a HGH using almost-cub on that list.

I have to assume that Biggio and Bagwell remain unharmed?

real bees get stuck in bagwell's meth-biker beard protecting him from harm.

biggio just leans into the bee's stings and takes it like a man.

By that do you mean he plants his right foot at the back of the batters box and his left foot at the front in full immobile stretch and then waves weakly at the ball with his arms until an infield groundball issues from his bat?

matt murton has 1904873894732894 batting stances.

most of his stances/bat-grips the past year+ have been immobilizing stuff to keep him from flailing at outside stuff he knows he can contact, but doesn't make great contact with.

he doesnt seem to be choking up on the bat as much with his current stance and it is deep, but i've not seem him all straddled motionless in the box.

still...whatever he's rocking now (and in AAA it seems) isn't producing the lift or keeping him from offering at the outside stuff he don't contact for power.

Dwayne Kemp seems to have had a busy day.

Any early thoughts on how he seems to be adjusting to playing in the US?

Submitted by wvcbxl on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 3:54am.

Dwayne Kemp seems to have had a busy day. Any early thoughts on how he seems to be adjusting to playing in the US?


WVCBXL: Dwayne Kemp is doing fine. He is a pretty good hitter, sort of a right-handed version of Mike Fontenot. He plays with a LOT of energy, and while he runs OK, he's not quite as fast as I thought he would be (again, just like Fontenot).

He has struggled a bit defensively at 2B, which is why the Cubs have occasionally played him in LF at EXST. But to make it, he needs to be able to play 2B.

" But to make it, he needs to be able to play 2B. "

I figured as much from when he played in the Dutch league (where he did quite well as 2B, but at a level not comparable quite comparable to pro ball in the US). He has baseball pedigree though: his dad played, and is curently still coaching in the Netherlands - it's been reported he's the one that held him back a year from going to the States.

Tip for the future: apparantly Dwayne has a five year old brother called Tyriq who's nuts about baseball and already raking the ball. Remember the name ;-)

I think it's kinda farcical that a suspended player can still gain experience by playing in extended Spring games.

If baseball was truely serious about it's drug policy, it would not allow suspended players near any training facility without additional penalty.

Yer right. It's ridiculous.

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