Giant Nine Spot Crushes Cubs

Matt Downs clubbed a grand slam home run to cap a nine-run 2nd inning, and the Giants coasted to a 9-4 victory over the Cubs in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa. 

18-year old Venezuelan RHP Larry Suarez got the start for the Cubs today, and just like last time, had an easy 1-2-3 1st inning before struggling in his second inning of work. 

The big right-hander allowed five runs on three hits and two walks in the top of the 2nd, and while his stuff was good (heavy sinker and a "plus" breaking ball), the big right-hander struggled with his mechanics, as he had a lot of trouble throwing strikes.

2008 11th round pick RHP Toby Matchulat (Wabash Valley CC) relieved Suarez with one out in the 2nd inning, and proceeded to surrender two bases-loaded walks and the grand slam to Downs. Matchulat had even more difficulty finding home plate than did Suarez.

Tarlandus Mitchell (two innings) and Erik Hamren, Jayson Ruhlman, Brian Schlitter, and Steve Vento (one inning each) threw six innings of one-hit shutout relief, but by then it was too late. Schlitter returned to the mound looking none the worse for wear, after getting struck flush on the shin by a line drive last week.   

On offense, the Cubs scored a run in the bottom of the 1st, as speedy lead-off hitter Tony Campana worked a walk, stole second, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Josh Vitters RBI ground out. 

The Cubs plated three more runs in the 4th on doubles by Vitters and Robinson Chirinos, a walk, two wild pitches, and a two-out RBI single by Junior Lake.   

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

LINEUP:
1. Tony Campana, CF: 1-2 (R, 2 BB, SB, CS)
2. Josh Harrison, 2B: 0-3 (BB, K, 2 SB)
3. Josh Vitters, 3B: 1-4 (2B, R, RBI)
4. Brandon Guyer, RF: 1-4 (2 K)
5. Robinson Chirinos, C-DH: 1-4 (2B, R, RBI, K)
6. Jericho Jones, DH #1: 1-3 (R, 2B, BB, K)
7. Jake Opitz, 1B: 1-3 (2B)
8. Junior Lake, SS: 1-3 (RBI)
9. Carlos Morales, LF: 0-3 (2 K)
10. Carlos Perez, DH-C: 1-3  

PITCHERS:
1. Larry Suarez - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP (1/1 GO/F/O) - 31 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Toby Matchulat - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR (3/2 GO/FO) - 30 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Tarlandus Mitchell - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (1/3 GO/FO) - 39 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Erik Hamren - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP (1/1 GO/FO) - 17 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Jayson Ruhlman - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (0/1 GO/FO) - 11 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Brian Schlitter - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (1/2 GO/FO) - 15 pitches (9 strikes)
7. Steve Vento - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (1/1 GO/FO) - 17 pitches (8 strikes)

ERRORS (2):
1. Toby Matchulat, E-1, fumbled dribbler hit in front of pitcher's mound allowing batter to reach base;   
2. Junior Lake, E-6, two base overthrow at 1st base allowing batter to reach 2nd base.

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Robinson Chirinos: 1-1 CS

WEATHER: Hot but VERY breezy
ATTENDANCE: 60+ (MLB Scout School Day) 

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Comments

Phil -
I've seen a half dozen Dominican Summer League players listed so far. Do you have a complete list of Dominican players who are in camp?

Thanks, Hook

Submitted by Hook on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 9:55am.

Phil - I've seen a half dozen Dominican Summer League players listed so far. Do you have a complete list of Dominican players who are in camp? Thanks, Hook

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HOOK: Pitchers Miguel Corletto, Diego Encarnacion, and Andres Quezada, catcher Juan Medina and infielder Carlos Morales are the five DSL Cubs who were invited to Mesa to attend Instructs. Normally a shortstop, Morales has also played 3B and LF at Instructs.

Besides those five, other Dominicans at Instructs are pitcher Alberto Cabrera and infielders Starlin Castro and Junior Lake, but Cabrera, Castro, and Lake all played in the U. S. in 2008.

Also, RHP Alberto Alburquerque (April 2008 shoulder surgery) is on the Cubs AZ Instructional League active roster, too.  

Check out this video on changing Wrigley to something else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwhPTJMzzBc

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