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
doh, yes...dunno what happened there. jake arrieta is all "bro wut?"
lester going for #20...cubs haven't had a LH (thanks jpep for the correction) 20 game winner since d.ellsworth in 1963.
fwiw, all the games are free on mlb.tv
Short rest for MadBum would be 2 days. WC game is Wed., Games 1 & 2 are Friday/Saturday.
A left-handed one...
J-Hey not finishing with an offensive onslaught.
If Geoff Blum could be a Playoff hero, there is hope still...
Giants scare me. I think you're wrong about Bumgarner, he would pitch on short rest for Game 2 and then full rest for Game 5. Cueto would go Game 1, then short rest in game 4. Add in some really tough outs in that lineup and I want nothing to do with them. With that rotation they can easily steal a series.
Cards are a tough matchup. The rivalry evens out their comparable lack of talent. And like someone said, they love HRs, which is how to beat the Cubs. The upside is that I would feel really good about Lester twice against STL.
j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er
zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8
heyward 0-4 :(
Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales
Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says
Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.
I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.
The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.
I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.
I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.
With that said in reverse order:
3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.
2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.
1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.
CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.
Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.
I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.
any opponent preference for NLDS?
Mets are down to 1 great pitcher instead of 4. Syndegaard may pitch Sunday which means if Mets win the WC game, he'd be set up for Game 1. There's a chance they clinch a spot by Sunday so he'd pitch the WC and then we'd probably get Colon for Game 1. They've certainly had the hottest bats over the last week and month out of the WC options.