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
Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.
Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.
He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.
He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.
Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.
Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.
That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible
I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.
at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.
anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.
Now looming VERY large. Game tied.
That Braves TOOTBLAN trying to stretch a double into a triple is looming very large.
Phil, do you know if Victorino has an opt out date approaching? Thanks.
Maybe he can even fall asleep/passout at a red light. #cardinalway
hopefully he has enough time to pound 6-10 beers before the drive back home.
: / )
Yeah, there's that....
CTSteve -- have they decided to skip tomorrow's game...? (I keed)
Not a bad thing -- Bryant and Miggy are hurt, and Ross could use a day off.