A's Rally to Edge Cubs at Fitch Park

Jericho Jones had three hits, reached base all four times he batted on two singles, a double, and a HBP, stole a base, and drove in a run, but the EXST A's rallied to score the tying run in the 8th and the game-winning run in the 9th en route to a 5-4 victory over the EXST Cubs in Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in warm & overcast Mesa, AZ. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Manolin DeLeon has been promoted to Peoria (replacing RHP Aaron Shafer, who was placed on the Peoria DL), and OF Francisco Guzman has returned to Fitch Park after spending ten days at Daytona while Tyler Colvin was on the D-Cubs DL with a concussion.

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

  LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, CF:  0-4  (K+WP, 4-3, 4-3, 4-3 - 1 R, 1 SB)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF:  2-4  (P-2, 1B, 2B, 6-3 - 1 CS)
3. Matt Cerda, 2B:  1-4  (1B, L-6, F-7, 4-3 - 1 RBI)
4. John Contreras, DH-C: 0-4  (K, 1-3, P-3, K)
5a. Sean Hoorelbeke, 1B:  0-3  (K, K, E-6)
5b. Francisco Guzman, PR-RF:  1-1  (1B - 1 R, 1 SB)
6. Kevin Soto, RF-1B:  0-2  (P-6, BB, BB, 1-4 FC - 2 R, 2 SB)
7. Jericho Jones, DH #2:  3-3  (2B, HBP, 1B, 1B - 1 RBI, 1 SB)
8. George Matheus, 3B  0-2  (K, 1-3 SH, F-8 SF, 4-3 - 1 RBI)
9. Jose Guevara, C-DH:  1-3  (F-8, 1B, F-8 - 1 RBI)
10. Robert Bautista, SS:  0-3  (K, L-3 DP, F-8)

PITCHING:
1. Su-Min Jung - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 5/2 GO/FO (52 pitches - 32 strikes)
2. Miguel Sierra - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/5 GO/FO (34 pitches - 20 strikes)
3. Gian Guzman - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO
4. Cedric Redmond - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/1 GO/FO
5. Yohan Gonzalez - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

ERRORS (2):
1. 3B George Matheus allowed RBI grounder to go through his legs (E-5) with runners at 2nd & 3rd and no outs in the top of the 3rd, allowing batter to reach base safely (and eventually leading to two unearned runs scoring).
2. SS Robert Bautista threw ball into right field (E-6) while trying to get force out at 2nd base with game tied, one out, and runner on 1st base in the top of the 9th, allowing runner to score an unearned run (the eventual game-winning run) and batter to reach base.

CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jose Guevara - 1-1 CS

OUTFIELD ARMS:
LF Jae-Hoon Ha threw out runner (7-2) trying to score from 2nd base on line drive single to LF with two outs in the top of the 9th.

WEATHER: mid-80's and overcast, rain expected later tonight  

ATTENDANCE: 9  

Comments

You have to like anybody named Jericho Jones. And thank God the attendance figures are back.

Mid 80's but humid......just like the weather in Ruston,Louisiana where Jericho played college ball.

Fucking Pujols...Down 2-0 now. With the way we are scoring runs, that might be too much to ask for to make up.

Ugh...4 game losing streak. Swept by STL. 2 runs in the last 3 games. Lots of guys hitting poorly still and it is almost Memorial Day. These bats gotta get going here soon. And now MIL just took the lead...UGH!

Thank God we got more left-handed.

I'd hate to see this offense without Milty and Fontenot.

Three well-pitched games completely wasted. Bah.

Peavey/White Sox -- hilarious.

The team has scored 3.33 runs in 29 games.

I believe the starters era is higher than that?

So - not a good formula for success.

This could be a year like 2006, with good starting pitching. IS that possible?

There's no way this team is '06 bad. But yeah, it's clear the Cardinals are better. With their guys who we've never heard of... It boggles the mind.

two truths of the universe:

Scott Eyre is still broke

...and the Cubs still don't have a roster spot for Jake Fox

Who would you rather:

Freel or Gathright?

And I guess St. Louis is just BETTER than the Cubs. And by better, I mean their replacement-level players are better than our replacement-level players.

Well, its no secret that their farm system is quite a cut above the Cubs.

And, they have the best player in baseball on their team.

The Cardinals have a pretty crappy farm system.

Consider this, if absolute truths of the universe are false...

Then, either Scott Eyre has lotsa money or

Jake Fox...

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  • Baez still learning

    jacos 6 min 14 sec ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 22 hours 46 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 22 hours 51 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 22 hours 56 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 23 hours 8 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 23 hours 19 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 23 hours 44 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 1 day 24 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago view