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.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.
If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.
If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.
Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.
I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.
Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.