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):
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)
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)
Marwin Gonzalez, E-5, failed to stop ground ball that went under his glove
Nelson Perez, 8-4, threw out runner at 2nd base who took too wide a turn around the bag.
Carlos Perez, 2-3, picked runner off 1st base.
Temperature in the high 80's at game-time, with no clouds and a light breeze.
Cubs record for last 3 months of regular season baseball: 59 - 23. (Aug, Sept/Oct and April, with one still to go).
That's a .720 winning percentage and projects to 117 wins over 162 games.
That's a lot of dance parties.
So where does Warren G rank in the list of terrible "Take me out to the ballgame" renditions? It's gotta be near the top.
They only need to win 18 more in a row to match the 1984 start of the Detroit Tigers.
I agree that it is frustrating and baffling and I am surprised more teams don't try and take advantage of it. However, in the end, I would rather have a pitcher that has 4-5 outs innings versus 4-5 runs innings.
.464 obp play him over Mr june-august
And he can play the field
I don't have any problem being "reminded" of it -- but anything more than a short sentence about it makes my eyes glaze over and skip to the bottom.
per Len: Not Wrigley Field Friendly confines today, it's Szczur's Palace
It's kinda neat seeing guys with such little experience doing so well off the bench. Usually it's guys with a bit more time. How many major league at bats do those two have between them?
It's really not any more newsworthy than a pitcher who runs up and misses it with his glove, walks the batter instead, or throws it into right field where some runs score. Holding the ball was brilliant. He knew he didn't have the throw eyed. And then he follows up with a gutsy performance. The guy rocks.
Of course it's noteworthy. I was going to make a post about it if you hadn't. But per Robs point the headline should be "Lester pitches 7 innings with only 1 ER and and 10ks" with "he got himself into a jam by not throwing on a fielded bunt which he was able to pitch out of." As a paragraph in the article and not the headline.
Or as I write this the headline should be Szczur hits a grand slam but Lester kept them in it the whole game which can be a sub headline.
between him and lastella there's a R/L combo that seems to be comfortable + productive off the bench.
handy stuff for a playoff contending team.
Well, he's consistent at that then.