Cubs Triple-Down on A's at Fitch Park
Rafael Disla, Cody Shields, and Xavier Batista ripped RBI triples in a five-run Cub 7th, leading the EXST Cubs to an 8-3 victory over the EXST A’s in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
21-year old Cuban Defector RHP Juan Yasser Serrano got the start for the Cubs and went three innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. This was Serrano’s third appearance in the last week, and his pitch count has been increased each time out (one inning - 13 pitches last Saturday, two innings - 23 pitches this past Tuesday, and now three innings - 40 pitches today), as it appears that the Cubs are making an effort to get him through Extended Spring Training as quickly as possible. Serrano received a reported $250K bonus (essentially equivalent to "4th round money") when he was signed by the Cubs this past March.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-7, 6-3, RBI, R, SB)
2a. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, 5-3, RBI, R)
2b. SLOT SKIPPED 4th TIME THRU ORDER ALTHOUGH NA REMAINED IN CF
3a. Blair Springfield, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, E-6, K, CS)
3b. SLOT SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-4 (F-8, P-2, 1B, 3B, RBI, PO)
5. Bobby Wagner, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-6, K)
6. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-4 (6-4 FC, 5-4-3 GIDP, E-5, L-8, R)
7. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-3 (F-7, K+WP, BB, F-9, R)
8. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-4 (F-7, F-8, 3B, L-3, 2 RBI, R)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (4-3, 3-U, 1B, 1-U, RBI, R)
10. Cody Shields, LF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 3B, RBI, 2 R, SB)
1. Juan Yasser Serrano – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1 BALK, 5/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 66 pitches (41 strikes)
3. Andres Quezada – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 38 pitches (26 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s
Outfielder Chris Young signs "multiyear" contract w BoSox.
Wow, Dombrowski is a buffoon
Not sure I understand the logic, especially for more than one year.
well, that's the past. we're left with the present. even though that past you're seeing is some weird black/white either/or where hybridization of ideas isn't allowed...nonetheless...
the present is ice skating, movies, concerts, beer gardens, hotels, office space and other wonderful baseball activities based around a young, successful baseball team.
All money making ventures, which would have been offset with a reasonable TV contract that previous ownership screwed up
Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.
of course not. maybe go ice skating and think about it a while. make advanced reservations at the hotel they're starting construction on. check new releases for possible entertainment from the movie screens they want installed. think about renting an office in the new office spaces. write a letter to the cubs requesting your favorite beer be added to the beer garden. lobby your favorite band to play the outdoor venue.
...and in between that maybe they can find $40-50m to invest in the product that all of this revolves around.
let's not get caught up on phrasing for a setup and lose the gist of the post. i don't care what one wants to call the playoff exit.
+they lost their playoff attempt
there. now we can focus on something other than not liking the tone of a line that's setting up a point.
I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.
Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."
I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work
Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!
Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.
Damn wanted Zimmermann
Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...