Morelli Extends Hit Streak to 15 Games As Cubs Rally to Drop Brewers

Carlos Romero bounced a game-tying RBI single to right, Alvaro Ramirez lined an RBI single down the RF line, and Pin-Chieh Chen knocked-in two insurance runs with a two-run single, as the EXST Cubs rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 8th to defeat the EXST Brewers 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa. The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest, so that more Brewer and Cub pitchers could get game work.


Besides the four-run rally in the 8th, other EXST Cubs highlights today included Tarlandus Mitchell and Austin Kirk combining to fan ten Brewers in just 5-1/3 innings, and Jesus Morelli extending his hit streak to 15 games with a 1st inning single. (Morelli is now hitting 382/447/574 in 21 EXST games since being moved down to Extended Spring Training from Peoria).


Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):


LINEUP:
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 1-5 (P-4, F-9, 6-4 FC, 1B, F-7, R)
2. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-4 (P-3, 4-3, F-7, 1B, RBI, R, SB)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 2-3 (1B, BB, 4-3, 1B, 2 RBI, R)
4a. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
4b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH MORELLI REMAINED IN RF
5. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, 5-3)
6a. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K, RBI)
6b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH BURRUEL REMAINED IN GAME
7. Chris Huseby, DH #2: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, 5-3)
8a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-2 (K, 1B, BB, R, SB, CS)
8b. Wes Darvill, PH-SS: 0-1 (F-7)
9a. Jose Guevara, 1B: 0-3 (K, P-5, 3-1)
9b. Blair Springfield, PH-1B: 0-1 (5-3)
10a. Carlos Romero, C: 2-3 (P-4, 1B, 1B, RBI)
10b. Kyung-Min Na, PR-DH: 1-1 (1B, R)


PITCHERS:
1. Tarlandus Mitchell – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 45 pitches (26 strikes)
NOTE: Mitchell’s 1st inning was terminated (“rolled”) with two outs after Mitchell had thrown his 27th pitch of the inning
2. Austin Kirk – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 60 pitches (40 strikes)
3. Jesse Ginley – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Jose Rosario – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (13 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carlos Romero: 1-3 CS


BASERUNNING MISADVENTURES: Pin-Chieh Chen was thrown out 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning.


ATTENDANCE: 18


WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless, with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

Phil, did the Cubs send some players back to the Dom. Rep. such as Disla, Camerena and Mendez?

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Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 5:03pm.
Phil, did the Cubs send some players back to the Dom. Rep. such as Disla, Camerena and Mendez?

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HAGSAG: No.

Hey Az Phil,

A lot of people think the Cubs over-reached with Kirk in the third round. I understand it's way too early to tell (by about four years) if that's true, but what is your gut feeling about Austin? I know he comes from a HS powerhouse in OK, and he's a LEFTY, but other than that he kind of went unnoticed through the 2009 draft analysis stories. I think that neglect led to a lot of the reasoning behind the over-reaching statements.

Submitted by Childersb3 on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 5:56pm
Hey Az Phil,

A lot of people think the Cubs over-reached with Kirk in the third round. I understand it's way too early to tell (by about four years) if that's true, but what is your gut feeling about Austin? I know he comes from a HS powerhouse in OK, and he's a LEFTY, but other than that he kind of went unnoticed through the 2009 draft analysis stories. I think that neglect led to a lot of the reasoning behind the over-reaching statements.

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CHILDERS: I like Austin Kirk. He had a poor Minor League Camp (control issues) and that's why he wasn't considered for a slot on the Peoria Chiefs Opening Day roster, but he has pitched very well at EXST (3.07 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .212 OBA, with a team-leading 28 K), and I would say he is ready for Peoria right now.

Kirk is a fly ball pitcher with a plus-fastball and a plus-curve who gets a lot of swings & misses and pop ups, whereas fellow EXST Cubs LHP John Mincone (who also appears to be ready for Peoria) has more sinking action on his fastball and so he is much more of a ground ball pitcher.

through 8 inning at Florida

phils up 1-0 on 1 unearned run

long flyout to CF for the first out

K's W. Helms for out #2

groundout to 3b to do it

That was a fun one to watch.

Kendry Morales breaks his ankle during celebration after walk-off grand slam...

The Grammatica school of celebrating.

Z to start Wednesday according to Muskat...

that is Randy Wells turn in the rotation, although no announcement that he's been moved to the pen or will be sent down.

BLACKHAWKS!!!!

This whole postseason, I keep thinking to myself, "I wish I cared about hockey." Gotta be an exciting time for fans.

Dontrelle designated for reassignment today. At least he's rich.

Poor Dontrelle. I thought he was pitching ok...of course Schertzer is better.

Wonder if he wants to be a reliever?

Or play third.

per muskat:

rf fuke, 2b riot, 1b lee, 3b ramy (if OK), cf byrd, lf sori, c soto, ss castro, p demp

(Tyler Colvin's mom sticks a pin in her Piniella bobble head doll)

Fontenot and Colvin both ought to be in the lineup vs. Wainwright. Cub #s against him are mostly awful, except for Soriano and Aramis.

I am tired of Lou now.

Can he please go home?

Fontenot has been one of our few offensive bright spots this week.

And, he will be replaced by a guy batting .170, with an injured thumb, tricep, and shoulder?

http://tinyurl.com/3a93q3

Muskat's hair is on fire...

Cubs will call up Andrew Cashner on Mon in Pitt

http://twitter.com/CarrieMuskat/

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  • Thanks, Phil!

    Charlie 58 sec ago view
  • Well executed!

    I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.

    JoePepitone 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.

    Cubster 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.

    Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.

    South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.

    The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.

    CTSteve 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • Looks like no Heyward or Rizzo in the lineup today.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: Kevonte Mitchell has shown some improvement in 2016. He takes a lot of walks, shows occasional power, and he's an athletic defender capable of making the big play in the OF.

    However, he strikes out way too much, he doesn't always take the most-direct-route to get to balls hit into the air, and he sometimes runs himself into outs on the bases. He is still very raw.  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • E-MAN: I don't think Dallas Beeler has a long-term future with the Cubs, but (when healthy) he has gotten the call over the past couple of years as the "26th man" when the Cubs needed an extra starter in a doubleheader. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • PHIL: Thanks for the wrap. A 2010 early-ish round Hendry draft pick, why do you surmise the new management team just doesn't cut bait on Beeler? Not shown that much as a starter. Does he have a power arm when right? Is he another Schlitter? Or, is he rosyer filler while the org waits out the lower-level arms to surpass him?

    The E-Man 3 hours 47 min ago view
  • Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.

    John Beasley 7 hours 4 min ago view
  • Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.

    Hagsag 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.

    Hagsag 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • so far ryan williams (AAA) is the only system prospect on the "could be ready soon" horizon doing well...that said, he's not very exciting and he's assumed to be an end-rotation talent at best.

    paul blackburn is getting great early returns in AA, but he's getting surprisingly low K numbers doing it. he throws lot of low/sinking stuff with good control...also assumed to be an end-rotation guy, but he's got room to be better, especially given his control as base to build on.

    crunch 12 hours 43 min ago view
  • Speaking of pitching -- another ugly outing for Underwood at AA. Through 6 starts: 5.19 ERA, WHIP 1.69. Yikes!

    Man, do we need starting pitching depth. Our best hopes are still hanging with AZ Phil in Arizona. Very scary.

    billybucks 13 hours 41 min ago view