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.
Cards and Pirates lose. I'm OK with that.
I'm ready for the end of the Miggy era.
he juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust got there...1st appearance, injury...yow
b.matusz it is.
Oops. Colin Rea leaves the game with injury.
Cubs optioned Justin Grimm to Iowa after the game. No corresponding roster move announced yet, but it could be Brian Matusz.
Marlins with a quick 4 spot vs Jaime Garcia. Osuna HR the highlight.
Brian Matusz, supposedly he has attachments. Hope it's not like an email with a virus attached.
One thing to remember about Chapman -- he can be magic, but his ERA is higher than Rondon's this year. 100+ mph is fun, but I'd love to see a few more sliders. I think he enjoys the crowd reaction from 103 mph.
"Diamondbacks designated RHP Josh Collmenter for assignment."
aww...he was my 2nd favorite crapballer. his control issues are rather severe at the moment.
Wow -- Chapman gives up a hit and everything completely caves in. I think the Cubs went into collective shock.
Stolen base with the pitcher holding the ball, WP that should have been caught or blocked, then Russell with a 2-out error on a routine play. Cubs handed them 2 runs. Throw in a Fowler bobble and it was a mess.
Hopefully, that is all out of their system now -- let's get a W tomorrow.
First time I've ever seen a base running slump -- he's made some poor decisions recently, but I thought it was a great idea to try to score there -- it's not like Heyward was going to get a 2-out hit against a LHP. Sliding feet-first into home is probably the safe (ugh) way to go, but it's hard to get the foot on the plate.
Yup. He got squeezed (twice) on the first walk, but, when you have one-run lead and the other team is trying to make an out -- take the out.
Clearly the Cubs need to clear out the farm and trade for another closer
Where's Ed Lynch when you need him?