Cubs and Giants Play Two at Fitch Park
Sergio Burruel ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to tie one game, while LHP Marcos Perez allowed his first runs in 17+ innings in the other, as one squad of EXST Cubs and one squad of EXST Giants played to a 1-1 tie on Field #1 and the other squad of EXST Giants defeated the other squad of EXST Cubs 4-1 on Field #3 in a split squad Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played at Fitch Park in Mesa this morning. Both games were pre-scheduled to go seven innings, although the game on Field #1 was extended an extra half-inning to allow Rogelio Carmona to get an additional inning of work.
Iowa 1B-OF Jason Dubois (on the I-Cubs DL since April 21st with a lower back strain) played LF again today and got four Plate Appearances in the game on Field #3, batting third in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings. He was called out on strikes in his first AB, and then grounded out 6-3, 5-3, and 5-3 in his other three PA. So far in four EXST games, Dubois is hitting 215/267/357, with two doubles, a walk, and four strikeouts. He is expected to rejoin the Iowa Cubs in Reno this weekend.
Cubs pitchers retired the first 15 Giants in the game on Field #1. RHP (ex-C) Alvaro Sosa made his EXST game debut by retiring the side 1-2-3 (Ks, 4-3, Ks) in the top of the 1st, and then 19-year old Taiwanese RHP Yao-Lin Wang retired all 12 men he faced (including five strikeouts).
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Yohan Gonzalez and 3B-1B Charles Thomas have been promoted to Peoria, while INF George Matheus (160/208/220 in 16 games) and RHP (and ex-OF) Andres Quezada (5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with 17 hits allowed and 10/13 BB/K in 15.0 IP) have been sent to Extended Spring Training from Peoria.
In seven EXST games (all in relief) over the past month, Gonzalez had a 0.82 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and .200 OBA in 11.0 IP, allowing just one run on eight hits, with 2 BB and 14 K, 1 GIDP, and a 9/10 GO/FO. The 20-year old 6’4 200 Gonzalez pitched at Boise in 2009, going 3-3 with a 4.21 ERA, allowing 44 hits (3 HR), and 7/31 BB/K in 23 games and 47 IP (all in relief) for the Hawks.
The Cubs 2009 10th round draft pick out of Edward Waters College, the 21-year old 6-4 225 Thomas hit 303/367/348 with three doubles, 5/8 BB/K, 13 runs scored, eight RBI, and four SB in 19 EXST games and 68 PA. Thomas has a cannon for an arm, and could eventually move to the mound if things don’t work out as a position player. He led the AZL Cubs (Mesa) in hits, doubles, and RBI in 2009. He can play both 1B and 3B, but his arm is wasted at 1B. For a big guy, Thomas has shown virtually no HR power so far in his career.
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3, 5-4 SH)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 2-3 (F-9, 1B, 1B, CS)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
4. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 0-3 (P-6, F-8, K-DP)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, LF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Rafael Disla, 3B: 0-2 (3-1, 2-3)
8. Kyung-Min Na, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, L-7)
9. Jose Guevara, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, K)
10. Blair Springfield, DH #2: 0-1 (5-3, BB, CS)
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
11b. Cody Shields, CF: 1-1 (1B, R)
1. Alvaro Sosa – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/3 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS
NOTE: LF Jason Dubois batted 3rd in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings, getting four Plate Appearances total in the game
X. Jason Dubois, LF: 0-4 (K, 6-3, 5-3, 5-3)
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R)
2. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 5-3, 2B)
3. Brandon May, 3B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3, RBI)
4. Runey Davis, CF: 0-3 (F-8, K, 5-3)
5. Luis Flores, DH: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B)
6. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 1-3 (F-9, 3B, 5-4-3 GIDP)
7. Carlos Romero, C: 0-1 (HBP, 4-3)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-1 (5-3 SH, K)
1. Marcos Perez – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 5/6 GO/FO, 49 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Danny Keefe – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
C Carlos Romero E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)
Carlos Romero: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80’s
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The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.
Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.
Thanks for the reporting Phil.
He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.
Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.
And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.
I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.
Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.
Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.
I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.
The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.
I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable
Did you expect anything different?
Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?
men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.
cubs lose :(
UH OH! RALLY TIME!
Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce
Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.
The use of Peralta in any
semblance of a high leveragesituation is questionable at best.
fixed that for ya.
The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.