Caridad & Sanchez Get Rehab Work in Extended Spring Training Twin-Bill
Bobby Wagner drove-in three runs with a solo home run and a two-run double and Albert Hernandez had two hits and two RBI, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the EXST Giants in an abbreviated eight-inning game on Field #2, while over on Field #1, Austin Kirk struck out six (including Freddy Sanchez twice) in three innings of work, but the other squad of EXST Giants rallied late to defeat the other squad of EXST Cubs 7-5 in a game that was stopped after seven innings, as the Cubs and Giants played an Extended Spring Training doubleheader at Indian School Park in Scottsdale this morning. As per usual, the games were played simultaneously.
Cubs RHP Esmailin Caridad saw his first game action since being placed on the 15-day DL with a strained forearm on April 12th, working 1.2 IP on Field #2. Caridad threw 19 pitches (11 strikes) and allowed no runs or hits, but he did walk two. He struck out one Giants hitter (swinging), while getting another three outs on a pop-up to the catcher in foul territory, a fly-out to deep CF, and a ground-out to SS. (The 5th out was a CS). Caridad continued to pitch even after he recorded the third out (getting five outs total in the inning), because he had thrown only 11 pitches up to that point, and the Cubs wanted him to throw at least 15-20 pitches, but only pitch one inning. Caridad appeared to have good velocity on his fastball, but his control was spotty.
The Giants also had a big leaguer on a rehab assignment playing in one of the games, as 2B Freddy Sanchez (who is at Extended Spring Training rehabbing from shoulder and knee surgeries) played 2nd base and hit third in every inning on Field #1. Sanchez struck out twice against Cubs 2009 3rd round pick LHP Austin Kirk, once in the 1st inning (on three pitches) and then again in the 3rd. He lined a single to CF off Kirk in the 2nd. Then in three AB against RHP Jose Rosario, Sanchez walked, grounded out to SS, and lined out to third, before completing his day by stroking an F-7 SF against RHP Tzu-An Wang in the 7th (the game continued after the Giants had scored the winning run in the 7th, in order to give Sanchez another AB).
Cubs OF Runey Davis left the game on Field #2 after getting hit flush on the knee with a pitch. He stayed in the game initially and ran the bases (more like limped around the bases), but he was replaced in the field at the start of the next inning.
Here are today’s abridged box scores (EXST Cubs players only):
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH: 0-2 (F-8, F-7, BB, BB, R)
2a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-2 (1B, P-5, CS)
2b. Blair Springfield, 2B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, R)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3, BB, R)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 1-4 (K, L-8, 1B, P-4, R)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 2-3 (4-3, HBP, 2B, 1B, RBI, SB)
6. Cody Shields, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 6-3, 1B, BB, RBI)
7. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B+E5, L-8 SF, K, R, RBI)
8. Jose Guevara, 1B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, HBP, RBI)
9. Rafael Disla, 2B-SS: 0-2 (5-3 SH, 4-6-3 GIDP, K)
1. Austin Kirk – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/FO, 54 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6/1 GO/FO, 51 pitches (31 strikes)
3. Tzu-An Wang – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (14 strikes)
SS Arismendy Alcantara E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS
1a. Runey Davis, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, BB, E-8, HBP, R)
1b. SLOT SKIPPED AFTER DAVIS LEFT GAME DUE TO INJURY
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (4-3, 4-3, BB, 1B, BB, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF-CF: 1-4 (3B, F-9, K, F-8 SF, K, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 2B: 0-5 (4-3, F-9, E-5, 4-6-3 GIDP, 1-3, R)
5. Bobby Wagner, 3B: 2-4 (HR, F-8, 2B, K, 2 R, 3 RBI)
6a. Jae-Hoon Ha, C-DH-RF: 0-3 (F-7, F-9, 6-3)
6b. SLOT SKIPPED AFTER HA MOVED TO RF
7a. SLOT SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THROUGH BATTING ORDER
7b. Luis Flores, DH-C: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Albert Hernandez, LF: 2-4 (F-9, K, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
9. Carlos Romero, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, HBP, K, 2 R)
1. Tarlandus Mitchell – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 50 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Esmailin Caridad – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Drew Rundle – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 3/0 GO/FO, 40 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Jesse Ginley – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 18 pitches (14 strikes)
C Jae-Hoon Ha E-2 (overthow at 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd base – did not score)
C Luis Flores E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base on SB attempt allowed the runner to score unearned run and the trailing runner to advance from 2nd base to 3rd)
RF Jesus Morelli E-9 (dropped fly ball on what would have been a SF anyway, but the drop allowed the batter to reach base safely – did not score)
C Luis Flores E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base, and runner eventually scored an unearned run)
Jae-Hoon Ha: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
Luis Flores: 0-3 CS, 2 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70’s
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."