EXST A's walk-off HR stomps Cubs at Papago Park
RHP Robert Hernandez, serving a 50-game prohibited substance suspension, threw four shutout innings (70 pitches, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K), but RHP Harol Tolentino surrendered a game-winning three-run walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th, as the EXST A's defeated the EXST Cubs 6-3 at the Papago Park Sports Complex in Phoenix this morning.
Whenever Hernandez's 50-game suspension is over (and barring rain-outs, that should be May 26th), he certainly looks like he will be ready to step right back into the Peoria Chiefs starting rotation. He was outstanding again today.
In EXST Cubs roster news, 2B Jeffrey Rea (quad) and LF Brandon Guyer (elbow) have completed their rehab assignments at Fitch Park and have been assigned to Peoria, and C-1B Luis Bautista (brother of Pirates 3B Jose Bautista) was also promoted from EXST to Peoria.
Coming down to the EXST Cubs from Peoria are RF Kyler Burke (acquired frrom SD for Michael Barrett last June) and infielders Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Made. The three are supposed to report to Fitch Park tomorrow morning
Burke was hitting just .206/278/305 at Peoria, with 34 K in 142 PA. He was a highly-regarded LHP prospect in HS (some MLB scouts supposedly even had him rated higher as a pitcher), so maybe the Cubs will make him a pitcher at Fitch Park. And Burke does have one of the best OF arms in the organization.
Speaking of OF arms, maybe the Cubs will make Ryan Harvey (recently demoted from Tennessee to Daytona) a pitcher too, one of these days. Because he has THE best OF arm in the Cubs organization, and, like Burke, was a combination P-OF in high school.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Cesar Salazar, RF: 2-4 (RBI, K, GIDP)
2. Gian Guzman, 2B: 1-4 (R, K, GIDP)
3. Drew Rundle, CF: 2-3 (R, 3B, K, SH)
4a. John Contreras, 3B: 0-3 (CS)
4b. Roberto Sabates, PH: 1-1 (2B, RBI)
4c. Nelson Perez, PR: 0-0
5. Bryan Jost, 1B: 0-3 (BB, 2 K)
6. Carlos Perez, DH #1: 0-3 (RBI, SF, K)
7. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-2 (BB, 2 K)
8. Junior Lake, DH #2-3B: 0-3 (K)
9. George Matheus, SS: 1-3 (R, K)
10. Kevin Soto, LF: 1-3 (K)
1. Robert Hernandez - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (2/3 GO/FO)
2. Israel Camacaro - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (1/1 GO/FO)
3. Yohan Gonzalez - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (3/1 GO/FO)
4. Harol Tolentino - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR (2/2 GO/FO)
Alvaro Sosa: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Mostly sunny and very breezy, high in the 80's
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.
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.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.