Hoff-POWER! Act Getting a Bit Old

Micah Hoffpauir hit a three-run homer and reached base three times, Mike Fontenot drove in four runs with a two-run homer and a two-run triple, and Sam Fuld smacked a solo home run, scored two runs, and threw a runner out at the plate, as the Cubs thrashed the Texas Rangers 10-4 at Surprise Stadium today.

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Ted Lilly got the start, and worked two shutout innings, leaving unscathed thanks to a runner (Frank Catalanotto) being thrown out at the plate after a two out double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the second.

The Cubs had taken the lead in the top of the frame, throwing up a seven spot on Rangers starter Scott Feldman.

Doug Deeds led off the Cubs second with a triple, and scored on an RBI single by Luis Rivas. So Taguchi then reached base on an error and Ryan Theriot singled to load the bases. After the runners advanced on an RBI ground out by Reed Johnson, Hoffpauir slammed a three-run blast, his second homer in three days. Geovany Soto singled with two outs, and then Fontenot followed with his two-run shot.

The Rangers came back with single runs off J. R. Mathes in the 3rd (a Ryan Theriot error  followed by two singles) and 4th (a single, a double, and an RBI GO), before the Cubs took an 9-2 lead in the top of the 6th.

Reed Johnson reached base leading off the inning after being hit by a pitch, and pinch-runner Sam Fuld moved up to second on a two-out walk to Mark Johnson. Fontenot then followed with a two-run triple to plate Fuld and Johnson.  

The Rangers scored two off Rocky Roquet in the 7th to narrow the Cub lead to 9-4, as Adam Melhuse smashed a one-out bases loaded double. But the potential third run was cut down at the plate.    

Fuld led off the 8th for the Cubs with a solo HR, and Jake Fox followed with a double, but was left stranded when DH Jason Dubois struck out, Mark Johnson grounded out, and Bobby Scales struck out.

Cubs pitchers retired the last seven Rangers batters on three ground outs and four punch-outs, and Cubs pitchers racked up 12 strikeouts for the day. Andruw Jones struck out three times (not easy to do in a Spring Training game). 

The Cubs return to Mesa tomorrow to play the White Sox.  

BTW, I was not at today's game (Surprise is like half-way to California), so I was forced to follow the game via "live" box score. 

Comments

THANKS PHIL! Sorry you weren't in attendance for this one.

IS there any way, if Jake Fox continues to hit the cover off the ball this spring, that he'd be the last RH bench player?

It seems as if there is no fielding position if Hoff is added as the 1B sub. And, certainly, he is no more a catcher - which is now a position where he'd actually be of tremendous value if he was a decent.

OH - I am NOT saying "FIRST!"

Good, 'cause you're second :)

"Good, 'cause you're second"

Actually, he was first and second.

Thanks, Phil, as always, appreciate the update.

http://www.insidesocal.com/dodgers/2009/02/source-...

supposedly Boras upped the ante to 2/55M to offset the no interest deferrment...

Dodgers said no.

I hope Manny has to sign with the Giants for half the money.

I recognize the hypocrisy in criticizing the players and not the owners, etc., and I have plenty of problems with the whole business end of the game. But anyone who would essentially say that they won't play baseball for $10 million this year and $15 million deferred deserves to be told he can sit out the season, then. It would be different if he had multiple teams bidding on him and the price was being driven up between the two of them.

Pretty much all players do it all the time. They all fight for extra money, and many are even willing to hold out over a couple of million dollars.

It is Scott Boras's job to get Manny as much money as possible.

I also think that it is funny that it is Manny's failt that we wants the money to not be deferred, but it is NOT the owner's fault for wanting the money deferred.

Do it is okay when the owner/management says that they don't want one of the top few hitters in baseball because of a few million bucks, but it is not okay when the player says no because of a few million bucks.

Micah Hoffpauir???

Don't let the "Children of the Corn" name fool you this Amish Babe Ruth SOB can hit!!!!!!!!!!
Who was the a-hole third baseman who hit .400 with 10 hr in ST three years ago? Clayton Moore?

I don't know maybe we can put him crack and meth and he can be this year's Josh Lewin.

Yes Im durnk, why do you aks?

Scott McClain, not that it's particularly relevant.

It's very relative.

Scott Eyre's broke.

I say let's take up a collection.

poo bastard

A poo bastard? I love the sound of it but I don't know what the hell it means. ~grin~

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lol wtf?

i thought it was a good way to reply to a weird drunken rant posting...meh.

hehe...

And here I thought it was next-morning projectile vomiting.

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  • That is a hell of a lot if they don't get an extention done. I'm assuming Chapman is going to be the closer with Rondon in the 8th and Strop in the 8th. That sounds great but Rondon #s aren't as good in non-save situations so we'll see how he responds to being the setup man.

    johann 9 sec ago view
  • @JonHeyman: Yanks and Cubs have a deal. Torres, mckinney, Warren and likely 1 more to NYY.

    CTSteve 7 min 28 sec ago view
  • Rumor McKinney part of package

    jacos 10 min 4 sec ago view
  • I would rather have Ian Happ at second.

    Rob Richardson 47 min 8 sec ago view
  • that is a hell of a lot of talent to shift for a reliever who's gonna get paid top-scale "free agent" type money in 2017+ after a 1/2 year rental for the remainder of 2016.

    crunch 59 min 40 sec ago view
  • Cubs are going to need a 2nd baseman of the future. I'm still not convinced Baez can be that offensively on an everyday basis.

    johann 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Updating: Per @Joelsherman1, #Cubs-#Yankees trade, if completed, would be Chapman for Torres, Warren and likely two others.

    Can only imagine they'd only give that much up if he's signing an extension. 

    Rob G. 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • The official police report on Chapman:

    https://www.scribd.com/document/292708682/Chapman-...

    You can draw your own conclusions.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • Where is he going to play for the Cubs?

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • That was, ummmm, you know. A joke?

    Old and Blue 4 hours 21 min ago view
  • Even from an on-field perspective, Torres is a 19-year-old beating up High-A pitching who also plays a great SS. Even if he never develops a legit MLB power stroke, he's still an obvious 4-tool guy with a very high floor. Sucks to trade away his next 6-8 years for a closer, albeit a great one.

    John Beasley 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 12 hours 30 sec ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 12 hours 4 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 12 hours 29 min ago view