Morelli Hit Streak Reaches 20 as Cubs Play Extended Spring Training Finale
Jesus Morelli reached base three times and extended his hitting streak to 20 games and Cubs pitchers fanned 14 EXST Brewers through the first eight innings,, but the Brew Crew hung-on to edge the EXST Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning. This was the final 2010 Extended Spring Training game for both teams.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-3 (P-4, P-6, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TWO TIMES THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH NA REMAINED IN CF
2. George Matheus, SS: 1-4 (6-3, HR, P-4, BB, K, RBI, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, DH #1: 1-3 (BB, 6-3, P-3, 1B, BB, R)
4a. Brandon May, 1B: 2-4 (1B, F-7, E-5, 1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH MAY REMAINED AT 1B
4b. Vismeldy Bieneme, PR: 0-0 (SB)
5. Runey Davis, DH #2: 2-4 (F-9, 3B, K, 1B, RBI, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH DAVIS REMAINED IN GAME
6. Chris Huseby, DH #3: 0-4 (3-U, BB, F-8, L-6, K)
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B: 0-4 (L-7, 4-3, 1-3, 4-3)
8. Alvaro Ramirez, LF: 2-4 (1B, 3B, 3-U, 4-3, R, PO)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 6-3, RBI, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH DARVILL REMAINED AT 2B
10. Carlos Romero, C: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 4-3, 6-3)
11. Xavier Batista, RF: NO AB – PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY
1. Marcus Hatley – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 47 pitches (31 strikes)
3. Marcos Perez – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 49 pitches (35 strikes)
4. Andres Quezada - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
Carlos Romero: 0-2 CS, 1 PB
RF Xavier Batista (at 2nd base)
WEATHER: Sunny and hot, with 100+ temperatures
Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.
Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.
It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.
Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.
Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.
I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.
Benji Molina is out of lineup
Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.
Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.
If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.
No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.
I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.
Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!
BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.
AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?
Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?
CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!
Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.
--- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.