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):
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)
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)
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.
WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless, with temperatures in the 90’s
Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.
The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request
Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.
"they just fade away"
(Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)
Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.
I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.
AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?
He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.
Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.
I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.
I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).
Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.
"What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "
As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.
Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.
Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer
-0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...
-3 WAR projected over the course of a season.
the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.
Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.