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
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.
A couple of Cub related puzzles.
Can't teach height and thinness
Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.
j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.
Wow. I didn't know they could do that.
Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.
Game is officially called...also officially a tie.
Stats count, no make-up date of course.
Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.