Cubs Shut-Down A's at Papago Park
Hak-Ju Lee singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, leading the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the A’s Split Squad #1 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon.
Today’s game was part of an unusual doubleheader involving three different teams played simultaneously on adjacent fields at the A’s minor league complex. While the Cubs played the A’s Split Squad #1 on Field #3, the Angels played the A’s Split Squad #2 on Field #2.
The Cubs-A’s game was originally scheduled to be played at Fitch Park in Mesa, but was moved to the more-spacious Papago Park to allow the MLB Scouting Academy students more room to roam (and more players to watch and evaluate) than would have been the case if only one game was played at Papago Park and one was played at Fitch Park. (The A’s have two Instructs teams this year, with one squad normally playing on the road and one squad playing at home each day).
Another unusual part of the event was the miking of the umpires so that the umpire instructor at the park could offer real time feedback to the men in blue during the course of the games. (Presumably the instructor offered something more useful than booing or screaming “you suck” into his microphone when one of the young umps missed a pitch or made a bad call on the bases).
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1a. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, 2 R, SB)
1b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (K)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K, BB)
3. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 0-3 (E6, F-8 SF, 6-3, F-8, RBI, R)
4. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, BB, F-8, BB)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-4 (K, 1B, E5, K)
6a. Sergio Burruel, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 3-1, 5-3, R)
6b. Oliver Zapata, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
7. Reggie Golden, DH #2: 1-3 (2B, 3-U, K, BB, R)
8a. Max Kwan, C: 0-2 (3-U, K, RBI)
8b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-2 (P-6, 1-3)
9. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, K, K, RBI)
10. Willson Contreras, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, 6-3, F-8)
1. Brent Ebinger: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (21 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
2. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Jhon Rodriguez: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 39 pitches (23 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Casey Harman: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 38 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
RF Xavier Batista: threw out baserunner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line-drive single to RF
ATTENDANCE: 60 (including 40+ from MLB Scouting Academy)
WEATHER: Sunny & very hot, with 100+ degree temps