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.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?
Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump
Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.
j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.
felix pena, your turn.
it's been a while since joe's over-managed a game...it's gotta feel good for him to be back in the saddle making people's scorecards look like their pens blew up.
Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.
barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.
Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?
"An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."
rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.
Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.
In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)
Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.
Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.
Ramos torn ACL