Inoa Makes Pro Debut at Fitch Park as A's Drop Hammer on Cubs
Cody Shields launched a grand slam home run to cap a five-run Cub 1st inning, but the EXST A’s followed with twelve unanswered runs while holding the EXST Cubs scoreless en route to a 12-5 victory in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.
Oakland A’s 18-year old 6’7 Dominican RHP Michael Inoa made his long-awaited pro debut at Fitch Park today, throwing one inning (10 pitches) for the EXST A's. He walked Sergio Burruel on a 3-2 pitch to lead-off the bottom of the 7th inning, before inducing Blair Springfield to bounce into a first-pitch 5-4-3 DP, and striking out Jose Guevara on three fastballs. Inoa received a record $4.25M bonus when he signed with the A’s as a 16-year old in July 2008, but his debut was delayed for more than a year due to a sore elbow.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, P-6, CS)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-9, F-7, R)
3. Brandon May, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, F-9, BB, R)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-4 (1-2 FC, K, F-7, K, R)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, DH #2: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2-3, R, RBI)
6. Cody Shields, LF: 1-4 (HR, 6-3, 6-4-3 GIDP, P-3, R, 4 RBI)
7. Sergio Burruel, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, F-9, BB)
8. Blair Springfield, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, K, 5-4-3 GIDP)
9. Jose Guevara, C: 1-3 (1B, F-8, K, SB)
10. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-3 (K, 3-U, L-5)
1. Luis Liria – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 47 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Hector Mayora – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Andres Quezada - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Carlos Rojas - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (0- ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/FO, 47 pitches (32 strikes)
NOTE: Keefe’s final inning was terminated (“rolled”) with one out after Keefe had thrown his 26th pitch of the inning
1. 3B Blair Springfield E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base – eventually scored unearned run)
2. SS Pin-Chieh Chen E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – did not score)
3. SS Pin-Chieh Chen E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
Jose Guevara: 2-2 CS, 2 PB
WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, hot, and VERY breezy, with temperatures in the 90’s
Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
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