Giants Take Two from Cubs in Scottsdale
The EXST Giants swept the EXST Cubs in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played at Indian School Park in Scottsdale this morning, winning 6-2 on Field #1 and 3-2 on Field #2. The game on Field #1 was terminated after seven innings of play, and the game on Field #2 was stopped after the Cubs took their turn (and failed to score) in the top of the 8th. And as usual, the games were played simultaneously.
There wasn’t much offense from the Cubs on either field today, although Xavier Batista did hit a solo home run (his 2nd EXST HR), and Cody Shields, Vismeldy Bieneme, and Jesus Morelli smacked RBI doubles. Chris Huseby once again was a DH, and he struck out twice (first time swinging, second time looking)
The pitching was generally OK (co-closer Danny Keefe fanned four to increase his team-leading strikeout total to 24 in 16.1 IP), the one exception being 6’6 19-year old Taiwanese RHP Tzu-An Wang, who was touched for six runs on five hits (two singles, two doubles, and a triple), two walks, two HBP, and a WP, in 1+ innings on Field #1. The second HBP was a head-shot off the batting helmet of Giants slugger Michael Sandoval that knocked Sandoval out of the game (and it was the last pitch Wang would throw today, too).
Shortstop Wes Darvill made two costly fielding errors (both bobbles) in the bottom of the 5th inning on Field #2, leading to two unearned runs scoring that turned a 2-1 Cub lead into a 3-2 Cub deficit (and eventual loss). Darvill has now committed a team-leading ten errors in 20 games played in the field (six games at 2B, and 14 at SS).
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH-CF: 0-2 (K, 5-3, BB)
2. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, L-4 DP)
3. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (F-9, K, 4-3)
4. Xavier Batista, 1B: 1-3 (F-7, HR, 5-3, R, RBI)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, RF: 0-3 (1-3, K+WP, F-9, R, SB)
6. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K)
7. Cody Shields, LF: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, RBI)
8. Jose Guevara, C: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
9. Kyung-Min Na, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
10. Chris Huseby, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
1. Tzu-An Wang – 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Alvido Jimenez – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/3 GO/FO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Danny Keefe - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (11 strikes)
Jose Guevara: 0-2 CS
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-4 (5-3, K, 2B, 6-3, R, RBI)
2. George Matheus, 3B: 1-2 (1B, BB, 1-4 SH, F-8)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-4 (E-9, K, 2B, 6-3, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 1B: 0-4 (4-6 FC, 6-4 FC, 1-3, 1-3)
5. Bobby Wagner, DH: 1-2 (BB, BB, 4-3 1B)
6. Runey Davis, CF: 0-4 (6-4 FC, F-8, 1-3, 5-4-3 GIDP)
7. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
8. Carlos Romero, C: 1-3 (4-3, 5-3, 1B)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-2 (P-6, BB, 6-4 FC, R)
1. Alvaro Sosa – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 6 pitches (6 strikes)
2. Austin Kirk – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 2/5 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Carlos Rojas – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Andres Quezada - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jesse Ginley – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
1. 3B George Matheus E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely – did not score)
2. SS Wes Darvill E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
3. SS Wes Darvill E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
4. P Andres Quezada E-1 (errant throw on pickoff attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base
Carlos Romero: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.
Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.
Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.
Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.
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.