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
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.