Ten Extra-Base Hits Do the Trick for Cubs at Fitch Park

Dwayne Kemp had three hits (including two triples) and drove in four runs, Chris Weimer slugged three doubles and drove-in three runs, Logan Watkins had three hits and two RBI, and Kevin Soto had three hits and an outfield assist, leading the EXST Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the EXST Angels at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in hot & sunny Mesa.

A native of Rotterdam, Kemp was the second player signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Baseball Academy (Italian RHP Alessandro Maestri was the first) and was a member of the Team Netherlands provisional roster for the WBC, and like Cubs 2B Mike Fontenot, the 5'8 might-mite really packs some punch. Both of Kempy's triples today were opposite field shots slammed off the right-centerfield fence.

20-year old Venezuelan RHP Robert Hernandez, who is at EXST rehabbing from a sprained ankle suffered in a game at Papago Park the last week of Minor League Camp, pitched two innings today and showed no ill effects. Several of his family and friends were at the game today, and he looks to be about ready to move up to Daytona.  

And LHP Chris Siegfried, who was left at Fitch Park at the end of Minor League Camp to work on his mechanics and revamp his delivery, has been promoted to Peoria.

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

LINEUP:
1. Logan Watkins, SS: 3-5 (5-3, 2B, 6-3, 1B, 1B - 1 R, 2 RBI)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 0-4 (K, SH, P-4, L-5, 6-3 GIDP)
3a. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. John Contreras, C: 1-2 (1B, FC - 1 R, 1 RBI)
3c. Jose Guevara, PH-C: 0-1 (4-3)  
4. Chris Weimer, 1B: 3-4 (6-3, 2B, 2B, 2B - 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Sean Hoorelbeke, DH #1: 2-4 (2B, 2B, FC, 1-3 - 2 R, 1 RBI)
6. Jericho Jones, LF: 1-3 (2B, 4-3, BB, K - 2 R, 1 RBI)
7. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 3-4 (3B, 5-3, 3B, 1B - 4 RBI
8. Kevin Soto, RF: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 1B - 1 R)
9. Sean Williams, DH #2: 1-4 (3-1, 1-3, 1B, K - 1 R)
10. Jose Made, 3B: 2-4 (2B, 3-U, 1B, FC - 2 R)   

PITCHING:
1. Andres Quezada - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/FO
2. Robert Hernandez - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO
3. Adam Spencer - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2 WP, 1/2 GO/FO
4. Carlos Rojas - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/FO
5. Manolin DeLeon - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO

ERRORS: NONE

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
John Contreras; 0-1 CS

OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jae Hoon Ha threw out a ruunner 8-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to left-center, and RF Kevin Soto threw out a batter 9-6 trying to stretch a bloop single hit down the RF line into a double.

BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Sean Hoorelbeke was thrown out 7-6-5 while inexplicitly trying to stretch a double into a triple with two outs in the 3rd inning, and Dwayne Kemp was thrown out 2-1 with two outs in the 6th while trying to score from third base on a pitch that bounded away from the catcher.

ATTENDANCE: 13

Comments

AZ Phil....It looks like these guys wore themselves out running the bases today in that heat. Even though some of these players were disappointed at not being assigned to a team at the break of spring training in March, it looks like they are working very hard at getting out of Mesa.Thanks for your reports and keep them coming !

Thanks, Phil!

A question I'd love for you to chew on (out loud, mouth open) for us...

Have you seen an appreciable difference in talent at Mesa and in the minors since Wilken and his people took over?

And/or with Fleita's leadership?

(and how much do people like Hendry, Fleita, and Wilken coordinate their efforts?)

I know it's a little early to tell still, and I don't know if it's just because I'm more knowledgeable about the Cubs minor leaguers than I was several years ago, but it seems like there is more talent up and down the farm system than in years past.

AZ Phil -

A lot of us in Boise are excited to see how Casey Kopitzke is doing as a first-year manager. How is he handling the team during the Extended Games?

Keep up the great work

he got so close yet too far away...damn lack of power.

didn't even know he was part of the coaching/managing staff now. sweet.

Hey Phil -

Thanks for the reports. I was wondering if you could post a roster of the players at EST? There are some players who haven't played in the last few games that you have posted that I am wondering if they are in Arizona, have been released, or sent to the Dominican, etc. Also, are any of the injured players close to being ready to be activated by their clubs (Robert Hernandez, etc.)? Thanks!!!

Good to see Dwayne Kemp had a good day - it'll be interesting to see how he handles Boise this season. How did he look defensively?

PITCHERS

Jeff Antigua

Rogelio Carmona
Manolin DeLeon
Eduardo Figueroa

Gian Guzman
Yohan Gonzalez
Cody Hams
Robert Hernandez
Su-Min Jung
Josh Lansford
Toby Matchulat
Tarlandas Mitchell
Jonathan Nagel
Dionis Nunez
Julio Pena
Marcos Perez
George Pineda
Andres Quezada
Carlos E. Rojas

Miguel Sierra
Ryan Sontag
Adam Spencer
Larry Suarez
Melvin Vasquez

CATCHERS

Matt Cerda
John Contreras
Jose Guevara
Juan Medina
Alvaro Sosa

INFIELDERS

Robert Bautista
Sean Hoorelbeke

Dwayne Kemp
Hak-Ju Lee
Jose Made
George Matheus

Logan Watkins

OUTFIELDERS

Jae-Hoon Ha
Jericho Jones
Jesus Morelli
Kevin Soto
Jose Valdez
Chris Weimer
Sean Williams

FALCON: Justin Bristow and Chris Siegfried were promoted to Peoria, Jake Opitz, Francisco Guzman, and Ryan Keedy have been promoted to Daytona, and Dumas Garcia was traded to Toronto.

Interesting.

So Keedy jumps Ridling? Was this expected?

Keedy jumped Ridling and Guzman jumped Jones.......it's tough to figure out what goes through the minds of the powers that be. Kurt Calvert got so frustrated with their moves he hung up his spikes and left the team.

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  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 8 min 47 sec ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 39 min 48 sec ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 54 min 38 sec ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 5 hours 10 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 9 hours 38 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 10 hours 26 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 11 hours 50 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 51 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 57 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 12 hours 1 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 4 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 12 hours 13 min ago view