EXST Cubs Give Angels the Heat at Diablo

Starlin Castro went 3-4 with a single, a double, and a triple, Junior Lake crushed a two-run homer, Jose Made tripled twice, and 17-year old Dominican LHP Jeffry Antigua pitched four strong innings of one-run ball (retiring the final ten men he faced), leading the EXST Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the EXST Angels in a Rush Hour "Beat the Heat" Special (9 AM start) at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe this morning.

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

LINEUP:
1. Kevin Soto, LF-CF: 2-3 (2 RBI, SF, SH, 2 SB)
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B-3B: 1-4 (RBI, R, SF, K, GIDP)
3. Robinson Chirinos, DH-C: 1-3 (2B, BB)
4. Nelson Perez, CF-RF: 2-4 (RBI, K) 
5. Carlos Perez, C-DH: 1-4 (3B, R, K)
6. Kyler Burke, RF-1B: 1-4 (2B, K)
7. Junior Lake, SS: 1-4 (HR, 2 RBI, R)
8a. Drew Rundle, 1B: 0-2 (2 K)
8b. Cesar Salazar, LF: 2-2 (R)
9a. John Contreras, 3B:  0-2 (2 K)
9b. Jose Made, 2B: 2-2 (2 3B, RBI, 2 R)
10. Starlin Castro, DH #2: 3-4 (2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R, SB)

PITCHERS:
1. Jeffry Antigua - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K (0/5 GO/FO)
2. Luke Sommer - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (1/2 GO/FO)
3. Michael Bunton - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (3/0 GO/FO)  
4. Carlos Rojas - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP (2/2 GO/FO)
5. Harol Tolentino - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (2/0 GO/FO)

ERRORS (1):
Marwin Gonzalez, E-5, failed to stop ground ball that went under his glove  

OUTFIELD ASSIST
Nelson Perez, 8-4, threw out runner at 2nd base who took too wide a turn around the bag.

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carlos Perez, 2-3, picked runner off 1st base.  

WEATHER:
Temperature in the high 80's at game-time, with no clouds and a light breeze.

ATTENDANCE: 13

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Comments

Thanks, Phil.
Any news on Robert Hernandez? I have not seen anything about him being sent anywhere after his suspension... I have been looking for him at Peoria. That is probably where he is headed, right?

JACE: Robert Hernandez pitched four innings last Tuesday (one hit and one unearned run), so he is definitely ready to get promoted back to Peoria whenever the Cubs think the time is right.

If he doesn't get promoted this weekend, his next EXST start should be this coming Monday, and then the final EXST Cubs game is next Wednesday. So I would think he would be back in the Peoria starting rotation no later than June 7th or 8th.

It's possible that the Cubs are making Hernandez spend a little extra time at Fitch Park as punishment for his transgression and/or as an example to other guys who might consider using steroids or other prohibited substances, but more-likely it's simply that there is no room for him on the Peoria Chiefs roster at the moment.

AZ Phil,

I see Carlos Rojas listed as a pitcher in your box score. Am I wrong in remembering him among last year's A-Ball shortstops? Is he yet another in a line of Cubs position players turned pitchers?

Submitted by Charlie on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 3:53pm.

AZ Phil, I see Carlos Rojas listed as a pitcher in your box score. Am I wrong in remembering him among last year's A-Ball shortstops? Is he yet another in a line of Cubs position players turned pitchers?

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CHARLIE: Actually there were two players named "Carlos Rojas" in Minor League Camp at Fitch Park this year, a 24-year old shortstop (Carlos R. Rojas) and a 17-year old RHP (Carlos E. Rojas).

Carlos R. Rojas (the shortstop) was once rated by Baseball America as the #1 defensive shortstop in the Cubs organization (which he indeed was), but he just never learned to hit (.229 career minor league hitter with no power), plus he has below-average speed for a middle-infielder. I stopped using the middle initial for Carlos E. Rojas (the pitcher) after Carlos R. Rojas (the shortstop) got released at the end of Spring Training.

The shortstop Carlos R. Rojas signed with the Baltimore Orioles organization after he got released by the Cubs, joining a long-line of ex-Cubs prospects who went to the Orioles organization after former Cubs team president Andy MacPhail became the GM and John Stockstill (the former Cubs scouting director) became scouting director for the Orioles. Rojas (the shortstop) is presently playing for Baltimore's AA club in Bowie (Eastern League).

As for Carlos E. Rojas (the pitcher), he appears to have decent upside, probably as a reliever. 

Thanks, AZ Phil. Now I understand why that name looked so familiar; I saw Carlos R. Rojas in some AAA box scores last year as I kept track of all the .300 hitters in Iowa.

Carlos R. Rojas is hitting just .245 for the Orioles AA team.

Whoops. Didn't mean to imply that Carlos R. Rojas was among the players at AAA that hit .300 last year.

Right-hander Jim Brower was traded Friday from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs for cash.

i guess AAA cubs need a HBP master.

Who's this Junior Lake guy? How old is he? I've heard of most of these names, but he's the one that I can't remember. And any comment on how Robby's looked behind the dish so far?

Rich Hill pitched 3 innings for Iowa last night (with Jim Hendry in attendance).

Box score looks not so good.

66 pitches 42 strikes
1 HR
3 Hits, 3 R/ER, 3 WALKS, 5 K

http://iowa.cubs.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=g...

Good news, though, is that Patterson, Pie, and Murton had a collective 9-14.

Patterson and Pie especially had good nights, as Patterson went 3-5 and Pie went 2-5 with a double and his second homer of the season. Murton hit his 8th double, but still has only one homerun. Hopefully Pie will do some good things with the bat today and Sunday so that the Cubs will see reason to recall him and will not burn his last major league option.

I wonder how much Patterson and Murton would have to hit to be called up to Chicago. I guess if Patterson got hot enough with the bat they'd call him up and play him in center. Maybe if Murton continues to hit for his ridiculous average and walk about twice as much as he strikes out, and adds power, LouPa will forget how much he likes seeing Fuki playing RF and shift him over to CF to make room for the Pesky Redhead.

I doubt that thought can be found anywhere in the mind of Hendry. EP is the regular second baseman for Iowa.

Here's where I saw the info on Hendry being in Iowa...

at the bottom of the Zeus article in the sun-times:

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/98030...

Rich Hill's career path suddenly seems to be tracking similarly to this player.

Little known fact about Bill Faul gleaned from an interview over 40 years ago during a rain delay at Wrigley... Bill may have invented sabremetrics years before Bill James et. al.. He was working on a Masters degree in statistics at the time and was using MLB as his field of study trying to develop new statistics to predict performance.

Pie and Patterson still can't hit in the majors to save their lives. Only Murton has the ability at this moment and he doesn't play CF.

I am perfectly happy with an Edmonds/Reed platoon in CF. It doesnt help the development of Pie and Patterson to flail away in the majors and look like crap. It's one thing if they had a clue when they stepped into the batters box, but neither one can hit breaking balls and both chase fastballs out of the zone in comic fashion for strikeouts.

I see where you get that for Pie, as he has a few hundred MLB ABs at this point, but what does E-Patt have, 30? Have you seen him a lot at AAA, or are you basing your assessment of him on those few Major League ABs?

I'm encouraged with Patterson on his ability to hit to left field, which Pie has shown only sporadically. I would certainly agree that Murton is the only proven major league bat, but I think E-Patt is more likely than Pie to translate his success to the big leagues as he is a more well-rounded hitter than Pie, though Pie certainly has better tools and is a better defender. If Hendry and Lou are still on the never-ending quest for speed, though, E-Patt is about the only guy who makes sense since Pie hasn't figured out how to steal bases yet.

They do both strikeout more than Murt, but I'm not sure how much more they strikeout than Edmonds and Johnson. More, I'm sure, just I'm not sure how much more. If Edmonds has "figured it out," then he is the best option right now, but I'm still not convinced he's done that. Maybe he'll prove it soon with consistent good ABs.

he will be wearing a colored jeresy, Lou does not like him and now Hoffpauir and edmonds are above him on the organizational depth chart in the OF since his last call-up. As for Epat if he continues his hot streak in AAA I could see him getting a call-up when Soriano goes down sometime next month.

I like having Reed on the club. Jury's still out on Edmonds. Indifferent about Pie other than his defense and speed.

I won't be perfectly happy until Hendry makes his trade this summer for a CF and another arm.

Cubs face Glendon freaking Rusch today. That *should* be a good thing, as long as he doesn't go all Shawn Estes on us.

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