Morelli Extends Hit Streak & Huseby Returns to Mound at Fitch Park
Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 1st inning RBI double, leading one squad of Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Giants on Field #3, while the other squad of Giants defeated the other squad of Cubs 6-2 on Field #2, as the EXST Cubs and EXST Giants played a Memorial Day Cactus League Extended Spring training split squad doubleheader at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. Both games were stopped after eight innings.
Making his first appearance on the mound since throwing 16 consecutive balls (no strikes) and walking all four batters he faced in a game versus the EXST Angels at Diablo Park on April 28th, RHP Chris Huseby appeared to be headed down a similar path today, throwing seven of his first eight pitches for balls, before allowing a two-run RBI triple. However, he then suddenly seemed to turn a corner, and proceeded to strike out the side on just 10 pitches (all strikes), stranding the runner at 3rd. Then after completing his one inning of work, Huseby remained in the game as a DH, grounding out 6-3 in the 3rd and reaching base on a HBP (glancing blow off his helmet) in the 5th, before heading for the clubhouse.
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
1a. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-2 (1-3, HBP, K, SB)
1b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH THE ORDER ALTHOUGH NA REMAINED IN CF
2. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, K, 6-4 FC, SB)
3a. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (1-3, F-7, K)
3b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH THE ORDER
4. Richard Jones, 1B: 1-4 (3-U, 1-3, K, 3B, R)
5. Runey Davis, LF: 2-4 (3B, 3B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI, R)
6a. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (6-3, F-7, K, RBI)
6b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH THE ORDER
7. Jose Guevara, C: 0-3 (F-8, L-4, BB, 5-3)
8. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, BB, BB, K)
9. Bobby Wagner, DH #1: 0-2 (F-8, P-3, BB)
10a. Chris Huseby, P-DH: 0-1 (6-3, HBP)
10b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH THE ORDER
1. Chris Huseby – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 22 pitches (15 pitches)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 5/6 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Danny Keefe – 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Andres Quezada - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
1. 2B Blair Springfield E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Richard Jones E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off throw at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)
Jose Guevara: 1-2 CS
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 2-5 (1B, E-5, K, 1B, 4-3, R, CS)
2. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-5 (F-9, 6-3 GIDP, E-5, 2B, F-8, RBI, SB)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, K, R)
4. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-4 (2B, 1B, 6-3, 4-3, RBI)
5. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (4-3, HBP, 2B, E-7, R)
6. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 4-3, F-7 SF, 1B, RBI)
7. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, BB, E-6, BB, R)
8. Cody Shields, LF: 0-4 (L-6, FC, 6-4 FC, 6-4-3 GIDP, R)
9a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THROUGH THE ORDER
9b. Carlos Romero, DH: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, CS)
1. Marcus Hatley – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Carlos Rojas –1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Marcos Perez - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3/7 GO/FO, 30 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Alvaro Sosa - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
SS Arismendy Alcantara E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – did not score)
WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless, with temperatures in the 90’s
The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).
A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was.
Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.
ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)
Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.
Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.
Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.
Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
Hope they can sustain it.
Don't sell yourself short, Judge.
I love this team.
Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.
Hey! I remember this team!
The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...
I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!
I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.
Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.
Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.
Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.
I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....
@Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.
I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.
Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.
This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.
Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.