Easter Lilly in Full-Bloom at Fitch Park Sunrise Service
Ted Lilly threw 5.2 IP (66 pitches – 46 strikes) for the Iowa Cubs this morning against the Angels AAA squad (Salt Lake) at Fitch Park Field #3, allowing one run on three hits, no walks, with four strikeouts.
Lilly was supposed to throw four innings/60 pitches, but he was so efficient with his pitches he ended-up working into the 6th inning before he hit 60 pitches, and even then he ended up going slightly over his pre-arranged pitch limit.
Lilly retired the first nine men he faced, and he generally threw strikes (he didn’t walk anyone, and he went to a three-ball count on only two of the 20 men he faced). While he had outstanding command of his fast ball and had a really good change-up today (same as last time), he had some difficulty commanding his curve, bouncing three in the dirt.
Here is Lilly’s INNING-BY INNING LOG:
F-7 on 3-2 pitch
3-U on 2-0 pitch
K (swinging) on 1-2 pitch
F-9 on 1-0 pitch
F-9 on 1-1 pitch
K (swinging) on 2-2 pitch
5-3 on 0-1 pitch
P-3 on 2-0 pitch
K (looking) on 0-2 pitch
Bunt single (ball bounced off plate and over Lilly’s head) on first pitch
F-9 on 1-0 pitch
Lilly balked – runner advanced to 2nd base (otherwise runner was picked-off)
Lilly threw wild pitch as breaking ball bounced in dirt in front of plate, runner advanced to 3rd base
F-7 SF on 1-2 pitch, runner scored easily from 3rd base
P-6 on 1-1 pitch
F-9 on 0-1 pitch
K (looking) on 3-2 pitch
Line single to RF on first pitch
1-3 on 0-1 [pitch
F-7 on 1-2 pitch
Triple into right-centerfield alley on 1-2 pitch
FC (6-2) on 0-2 pitch, runner thrown out at home
The Iowa Cubs didn’t do much offensively, scoring a run in the 4th on a Bryan Lahair lead-off double into the RF corner and two ground outs, and the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th on a throwing error by the Angels 3rd baseman on a Darwin Barney infield single after Marquez Smith and Matt Camp walked. (The game ended in a 2-2 tie, as Micah Hoffpauir flied out to the warning track in left-center with the potential winning run on base).
While Lilly was throwing against the Angels AAA squad on Field #3, Cubs #5 starter Tom Gorzelanny was getting shelled by the Angels AA squad (Arkansas) on Field #2, getting knocked-out of the game in the top of the 4th after allowing two HR. His breaking ball was really sharp, but his fast ball had no life and he really got hammered.
Starlin Castro had two RBI triples in the game.
Today is “getaway day” for the Cubs full-season minor league teams (Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria), so all games started at 9 AM. The Boise/Mesa squad will be remaining at Fitch Park and becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad, playing games most every morning Monday-Saturday (they get Sunday’s off) until mid-June.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Iowa Cubs players only):
NOTE: Jose Guevara was brought up from Boise/Mesa for today's game only, and utility infielder Jonathan Mota will be assigned to Extended Spring Training for a while as he continues to learn the art of catching.
1. Matt Camp, SS: 0-4 (Kc, 6-3, Ks, P-4, BB)
2. Darwin Barney, 2B: 2-5 (1B, E-3, F-8, F-7, 1B+E5)
3. Micah Hoffpauir, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 3-1, BB, F-8)
4. Jason Dubois, LF: 0-4 (L-7, F-7, 5-3, Ks)
5. Bryan Lahair, RF: 2-4 (3-U, 2B, 1B, Ks, R)
6. James Adduci, CF: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, E-4, Ks)
7. Chris Robinson, C: 0-4 (4-6 FC, E-4, 6-4 FC, F-8, RBI)
8. Marquez Smith, 3B: 0-3 (4-U FC, F-9, 6-4 FC, BB, R)
9a. Ted Lilly, P: 0-2 (4-3, F-7)
9b. Bobby Scales, DH: 0-1 (Kc)
9c. Jose Guevara, PH: 0-1 (Ks)
1. Ted Lilly- 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 4/9 GO/FO, 66 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Thomas Diamond – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
3. J. R. Mathes - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Jay Jackson – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
Best I can tell, here are the Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, Peoria, and Boise/Mesa rosters as they were yesterday:
UPDATED 2010 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS – SATURDAY 4/3:
* John Gaub
* Scott Maine
* J. R. Mathes
* Mark Johnson (Inactive - player/coach)
* Matt Camp
* Micah Hoffpauir
* Bryan Lahair
# Bobby Scales
* James Adduci
* Sam Fuld
* Brad Snyder
* Ryan Buchter
Chris Carpenter (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
* Jeremy Papelbon
David Patton (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
* Dustin Sasser
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer
* Steve Clevenger
* Ryan Flaherty
* Blake Lalli
* Jake Opitz
* Matt Spencer (Disabled List – broken toe)
* Tony Campana
* James Leverton
* Brooks Raley
* Chris Rusin
* Mark Reed
# Alvaro Sosa
# Marwin Gonzalez
D. J. Lemahieu
# David Macias
# Matt Matulia (Inactive - player/coach)
* Ryne White
* Kyler Burke
* Brett Jackson
* Jason James
* Nelson Perez
* Jeffry Antigua
* Jeffrey Beliveau
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
* Hak-Ju Lee
* Logan Watkins
* Richard Jones
* Alvaro Ramirez
# Jose Valdez
Justin Bristow (Limited Activity – injury rehab)
Gian Guzman (ex-SS)
* Cody Hams
Marcus Hatley (TJS rehab)
Dylan Johnston (TJS rehab)
* Austin Kirk
* Casey Lambert (TJS rehab)
* John Mincone
* Marcos Perez
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
* Sergio Burruel
Jonathan Mota (ex-SS)
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Ping-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
# Rafael Disla
D. J. Fitzgerald
Rebel Ridling (appendectomy rehab)
* Bobby Wagner
# Vismeldy Bieneme
* Francisco Guzman
* Kyung-Min Na
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa squad becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team at Fitch Park April-May-June.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.
First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.
Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.
Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.
"Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."
In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...
Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)
Phil, when will the Cubs start moving international players from EST to the Dominican for the start of the DSL season?
It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.
Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?
i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.
but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.
seriously, i'll take it.
BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?
He's been workin' on the D!
j.urias didn't have a good debut...
2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp
81 pitches. yow.
Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!
Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.
Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile