Cubs Use SF to defeat SF
Jae-Hoon Ha hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th to break a 1-1 tie and the Cubs scored two more times in the 9th, en route to a 4-1 victory overv the Giants in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.
RHP Thomas Diamond got the start for the Cubs and allowed just one run. He was in trouble in all three innings, however, squirming out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in his last inning of work by getting a pop-up and a FC grounder to end the inning.
RHP Rafael Dolis followed Diamond to the hill and also escaped potential damage, by getting two weak ground outs with runners on 2nd & 3rd and one out in the 4th.
And RHP Eduardo Figueroa worked out of trouble in the 7th, striking out the side with a runner at 3rd base.
The Cubs scored four runs, but didn't break any windows doing it. Down 1-0 in the 5th, the Cubs tied it up when Sergio Burruel hit into a 4-6-3 DP after the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs on a Richard Jones single, a Runey Davis double, and a HBP.
The Cubs took the lead in the 7th, when Davis drew a lead-off walk, stole second, advanced to 3rd on a ground out, and scored on the Ha sac fly.
The Cubs completed their scoring in the 9th, plating two runs. Jovan Rosa broke out of his Instructs slump, slamming a lead-off pinch-hit double to the right-centerfield fence. and then pinch-runner Logan Watkins advanced to third on a fly out. Watkins scored on a Brett Jackson FC grounder (Watkins beat the throw home), and after Jackson swiped second and Ha walked, Jackson scored on a error by the Giants first-baseman, who threw a potential inning-ending DP ball into LF.
The Cubs managed only six hits today, but they benefiited from improved patience at the plate, drawing eight walks, plus one HBP (Blair Springfield, who left the game after being hit on the arm by a pitch in the top of the 5th).
Also, 3B Pin-Chieh Chen and SS Hak-Ju Lee escaped serious injury when the two infielders collided while going after a ground ball between 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 3rd inning. At first it appeared that Lee sustained a right thumb injury, but he remained in the lineup and finished the game.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-5 (1-3, F-9, 4-6-3 DP, K, 5-3)
2. Matt Cerda, 2B-3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, BB)
3. Brandon Guyer, CF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9, BB, BB), PO
4. Justin Bour, DH-1B: 1-4 (3-U, K, 1B, K)
5a. Richard Jones, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC), R
5b. Jovan Rosa, PH: 1-1 (2B)
5c. Logan Watkins, PR: 0-0, R
6. Runey Davis, DH #2: 1-3 (F-7, 2B, BB, F-8), R, SB
7a. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-1 (E-4, HBP)
7b. Brett Jackson, LF: 0-2 (3-U, FC), R, RBI, SB
8a. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-2 (4-3, 4-6-3 DP)
8b. Jae-Hoon Ha, C: 0-0 (F-7 SF, BB), RBI
9a. Pin-Chieh Chen, 3B: 0-2 (L-8, P-6)
9b. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-1, (BB, FC+E3), SB
10. Kyung-Min Na, RF: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-5, 3-1)
1. Thomas Diamond - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 53 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Rafael Dolis - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Eduardo Figueroa - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 BALK, 1/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Hector Mayora - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Steve Grife - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB,1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
Sergio Burruel - 0-1 CS
BASERUNNING: Kyung-Min Na was thrown out 7-4 trying to stretch a single into a double wth one out in the top of the 3rd inning.
WEATHER: 80 & sunny
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).
TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.
TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.
Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.
Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.
Think Baby Maddux.
Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.
Kyle is on the far left.
I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.
My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.