I Can See Four Miles (ABs)

Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies. 

Miles, on the Cubs 15-day DL since May 27th with a sore shoulder, got the start at shortstop, and hit 2nd in each of the first four innings. He was the middle-man on a 4-6-3 DP in the top of the 2nd, but otherwise had a quiet day in the field throughout his four innings at SS.

At the plate, Miles grounded out to 2nd base (4-3) on a hit & run play that advanced a runner to 2nd base in the 1st inning, walked in the 2nd inning, popped up to short in the 3rd inning, and singled to right (sending the runner on 1st to 3rd) in his final AB in the 4th.  

In addition, IF-OF Ryan Freel (on the Cubs 15-day DL with a strained hamstring since May 28th) and INF Luis Rivas (on the Iowa Cubs DL with a hamstring strain since April) took "live" BP, but did not play in the game. (Rivas has actually been at Fitch Park for several weeks, but he is just now starting to get out onto the field). 

18-year old Dominican LHP Jeffry Antigua got the start for the EXST Cubs today and was outstanding, throwing four shutout innings, allowing two ground singles and no walks, while striking out eight. He kept the ball down on every hitter, getting four ground outs in addition to the eight punchouts, including the 4-6-3 DP that featured a nice "turn" by Aaron Miles. 

19-year old RHP Tarlandus Mitchell (Cubs 2008 22nd round draft pick out of Alto HS - Alto, TX) followed Antigua to the mound, and threw two hitless & shutout innings, striking out four while walking two. Mitchell had a very poor outing last week in Tempe (he was yanked out of the game after only one inning), so I'm sure he felt good with his comeback outing today.  

RHP (and ex-OF) Andres Quezada then threw two shutout innings, and RHP Carlos Rojas finished up with one inning of shutout relief.

The Cubs offense got going right off the bat in the bottom of the 1st. Jose Valdez was hit on the foot with a pitch (he also was hit on the same foot with a pitch in his next AB), and advanced to 2nd on the Aaron Miles ground out. Then with two outs, John Contreras blasted a double off the LF fence, scoring Valdez.

The Cubs scored again in the 4th. Matt Cerda (2008 4th round pick out of Oceanside HS - Oceanside, CA) led off with a walk, and advanced to 3rd on a line single to right by Miles. Then with one out, Chris Weimer lined a single to CF, scoring Cerda.

The Cubs got three insurance runs in the 8th, as 20-year old lanky Dominican switch-hitting infielder Robert Bautista (batting right-handed) led-off the inning by blasting a home run over the left-field fence onto 8th Street. (The normally light-hitting Bautista hit an inside-the-park HR yesterday, so maybe I should stop comparing his speed and defensive play to Junior Lake and his hitting prowess to Veronica Lake). Jose Valdez and Dwayne Kemp singled, and Valdez scored on a passed ball. Then Contreras singled, scoring Kemp. 

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

LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, CF:           1-2  (HBP, HBP, F-8, 1B + 2 R, 1 CS)
2a. Aaron Miles, SS:          0-1 (4-3) 
2b. Dwayne Kemp, SS:      1-2  (4-3, 1B + 1 R)
3. Matt Cerda, DH-C:          0-3  (F-7, BB, F-9, 4-3 + 1 R) 
3x. Aaron Miles, PH:          1-1 (1B)
4. John Contreras, DH #2:  3-4  (2B, 1B, K, 1B + 2 RBI)
5. Chris Weimer, 1B:          2-4  (K, 1B, 3B, L-6 + 1 RBI)
6. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF             2-4  (1B, 1B, K, 1-3)
6x. Aaron Miles, PH:           0-0  (BB)
7. Logan Watkins, 2B:        1-2  (1-3 SH, P-6, 1B)
8. Jesus Morelli, RF:           0-2  (5-2 FC, K, 5-3 SH)
9. Alvaro Sosa, C-DH:         1-3  (F-7, E-6, 1B + 1 PO)
10. Robert Bautista, 3B:      1-3  (F-7, F-7, HR + 1 R, 1 RBI)
10x. Aaron Miles, PH:          0-1  (P-6)

PITCHERS:
1. Jeffry Antigua -        4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 GIDP, 4/0 GO/FO
2. Tarlandus Mitchell - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
3. Andres Quezada -    2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/FO
4. Carlos Rojas -          1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO

ERRORS (2):
1. C Alvaro Sosa - overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt, allowing runner to advance to 3rd.
2. 2B Logan Watkins - dropped pop-up in short RF, allowing batter to reach base.

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alvaro Sosa: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Matt Cerda: 1-3 CS

WEATHER: temperature in the 90's, mostly cloudy, not as hot as yesterday,  

ATTENDANCE: 8

Comments

AZ Phil-

I love ya, but please don't associate that piece of crap ball player with the one of the all time greats, the Who.

How about "2000 Miles" by the Prenteders(also good) as in keep Aaron Miles 2000 miles away from Wrigley.

Thanks always for the great reports.

Wittenmyer
http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Lineup: sori, riot, fuky, lee, font, rejo, hill, blanco, z.

McLouth will bat third tonight for Braves.

"Harden to throw today and head to Iowa for Sunday rehab start. Barring setback, returns from DL 6/12 vs. Minn."

No DL for Bradley for now.

and then seems like some jokes by Z about players going into Lou's office.

Geo traded?

Hopefully there will be a Jeff Gillooly sighting, and a possible mysterious injury that keeps Miles in Arizona for the rest of the summer.

Oh my goodness, it looks like Antigua was trying to top Suarez' last outing.

Arizona Phil, is it safe to assume these two will be locked into Boise's rotation (along with Nagel) in a few weeks, right? I hope so because Boise allows you the option to watch their home games online for free.

Submitted by Raisin101 on Thu, 06/04/2009 - 4:13pm.
Oh my goodness, it looks like Antigua was trying to top Suarez' last outing.

Arizona Phil, is it safe to assume these two will be locked into Boise's rotation (along with Nagel) in a few weeks, right? I hope so because Boise allows you the option to watch their home games online for free.

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RAISIN: Yes, unless one of them ends up in Peoria before then.

loooooooooooots of rain.

delay...might be a long one.

3 outs from #300.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-la-r...

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is suing the social-networking site Twitter, claiming an unauthorized page that used his name to make light of drunken driving and two Cardinals pitchers who died damaged his reputation and caused emotional distress.

Good. In general I am against the US being 'A nation of litigants' as my grad school roommate described us. However, the amount of really nasty shit people think they can get away with on the internet is way out of whack.

So we have a right to free speech unless someone doesn't like what you are saying? It's the Internet. People say cruel shit all the time. Grow a pair, Tony.

No, but the right of free speech combined with assumed anonymity shouldn't over rule existing libel laws.

I'm definitely no law expert, and I understand and respect your point, but libel is specific to harming someone's reputation. And if someone is talking about true events: i.e. Tony getting busted drunk driving, I'm pretty sure that is more about Tony La Russa hurting his own reputation. If he doesn't like it maybe he should do less drinking and driving.

The bit about his feelings being hurt is B.S. He can ignore Twitter if he wants. Litigators do this crap for juries. Throw a few different charges out there with the hopes that a jury will pick one: Plaintiff gets what they want and the jury can go home feeling like they split the middle.

Impersonating someone and saying stupid shit is harming to his reputation, so that's libel right there.

I am going to go out on a limb and guess that the things quoted in the article aren't the only things these knuckleheads said.

Imagine, for instance, if Kile's kid thought this was the real Tony LaRussa and signed up for the Twitter.

If only! It's not that easy at all. If all you had to do was impersonate someone and say stupid shit there would be millions of libel suits more than there are now.

You have to prove harm to your reputation, emotional distress, or loss of money. You can't just be annoyed. Just being bothered or annoyed by something is the first reason these cases are dismissed. The onus is on the supposed victim to prove this. Did someone call him wondering why he was saying these things, did the newspaper pick up on it and report those quotes as his, did someone cancel a talk he was supposed to do because they thought he said them, etc.? Did people believe he said them. The site explicitly said that "bio-parodies are funny." The quotes were also outrageous. Would a reasonable person attribute those quotes to him, did anyone? If Darryl Kyle's kid did think he said that and called him and Tony then experienced emotional distress as he had to talk to him, then fine, but he would have to show that.

Most likely is that an agent or friend said "hey, there is this parody site out there pretending to be you, how do we go about shutting it down and discouraging this type of shit in the future?" Answer - file a libel suit. It gets attention to the problem, shuts down the site, gets twitter to be tougher on who signs up for accounts, make sure they never let anyone else sign up as Tony LaRussa ever again - and then in the MONTHS between now and when the case would go before a judge, you drop the charges, or you let the case get thrown out early on.

Well, yeah, there has to be damages, or there's no reason to sue. If Twitter people thought they had a rock-solid case, they wouldn't have taken the pages down. I would imagine they're going to wind up having to be a little more thorough on what is defined as a 'parody' page in the future. You can see my comment below if you want an example of a page that has been up for 2 years, with no policing of it whatsoever.

What a load of crap! The Twitter Tony L was clearly labelled a PARODY which is protected speech. Here's Twitter's policy

The standard for defining parody is, "would a reasonable person be aware that it's a joke." An account may be guilty of impersonation if it confuses or misleads others—accounts with the clear INTENT to confuse or mislead will be permanently suspended.

What happens to impersonation accounts?
Parody impersonation accounts are allowed to exist. The profile information on a parody account must make it obvious that the profile is fake, or it is subject to removal from Twitter.com. If it is not evident from viewing the profile that it is a joke, it is considered non-parody impersonation. Non-parody impersonation accounts may be permanently suspended for Terms of Service violations.

But because the perpetually inebriated LaRussa is suing Twitter, all parody accounts using his name are being pulled including NotTonyLaRussa.

How do you know that it was clearly labeled, since it's been taken down? For instance, they may have added the label after some people signed up. I don't know, I never even signed up for twitter, but a quick google search leads me to this:

http://twitter.com/georgebush

Obviously not the real George Bush, yet no mention of the word 'Parody' on it.

Do they have any estimate as to when the game might start?

http://www.weather.com/outlook/homeandgarden/home/...

not looking good at all for quite a while.

according to the hour-by-hour tab on that link, it should clear up around midnight EST for about 3-4 hours.

They can't possibly be waiting for that.

only trip to Atlanta this year so they'll wait it out as long as possible.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090604&c...

as long as he can pinch hit in Cincy, he won't go on DL, they'll find out tomorrow. Think he can play the field again by the time they reach Houston.

As mentioned, Harden should be back to open homestand.

"Obviously, Geo is my No. 1 catcher. I'm just giving him a nice little mental break."

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Just like that, it's official. Game banged. Don't have a makeup date yet.

Game Banged? That's hot.

June 22nd is the makeup date. Greatest day ever.

At the bottom of the Tribune's Cubs article today it has this encouraging word:

"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."
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Nice news. Today (Friday) is exactly 4 weeks after the Friday, May 8th shoulder injury to ARam.
So he is on track for the schedule the Cubs (via Tribune writer Paul Sullivan, link below) reported. As per the Piniella quote (below) we'll get a better estimate as to ARam's return as he returns to baseball activity. Everyone has extimated 6-8 weeks for this recovery then add a few games in the minors (rehab assignment). 4 weeks is vs Brewers at Wrigley (July 3rd) and 8 weeks is at Washington after the all-star break, July 16th.
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MILWAUKEE (May 9th)-- Aramis Ramirez will be in a sling for one week and spend three weeks in non-baseball activities, namely motion and strengthening exercises on his shoulder.

That suggests his stint on the disabled list will probably closer to eight weeks than 4-6, though the Cubs said it's too early to speculate on how long he'll be out of action.

"You're looking at a while," manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll know more after the first month."

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/spor...

Baseball-related activities... Lou told him to go find a bat stretcher.

Impersonating someone and saying things in that person's voice might damage that person's reputation, but it's not necessarily libel. (He's suing for trademark infringement, among other things, not libel.)

A libelous statement is more along the lines of someone not impersonating him said, "Tony LaRussa likes to kill and eat kittens."

These are the tweets in question:

"Lost 2 out of 3, but we made it out of Chicago without one drunk driving incident or dead pitcher... I'd call that an I-55 series."

"Fortunately, Ian Snell sucks now... when Molina and Duncan Jr. go deep off of you it's time to look yourself in the mirror, have an ice-..."

"drinking a cold Zima and wishing fucking Hancock was alive, I bet he could've gotten Jack Wilson out."

Dumb but not libelous.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 40 min 59 sec ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 53 min 8 sec ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 13 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 5 hours 31 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 5 hours 36 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 16 hours 40 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 16 hours 44 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 17 hours 32 min ago view