Angels Harmanize with 9th Inning Rally
Roberto Lopez laced a double into the LF corner to knock-in the tying run, and Drew Heid hit a sacrifice fly to RF to drive-in the winning run, as the Angels scored six runs in the bottom of the 9th and edged the Cubs 9-8 in AZ instructional League action at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe this afternoon.
With the Cubs leading 8-3, LHP Casey Harman (Cubs 2010 29th round draft pick out of Clemson) entered the game in the bottom of the 9th, and was properly pummeled, surrendering five singles, one double, and a triple, before finally recording an out (and that out was the game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly).
But prior to the 9th, Cubs pitchers had been outstanding, allowing three runs on just four hits, with no walks and ten strikeouts.
18-year old Korean RHP Jin-Yeong Kim got the start for the Cubs today, his first since being removed from a game last week after suffering a leg cramp. Kim retired the side 1-2-3 in both his first and third innings of work, but he allowed two runs in the 2nd inning, the first run scoring on a lead-off solo HR by Gabe Jacobo, and the second on a single, a stolen base, and another single.
Hard-throwing ex-3B (now RHP) Charles Thomas worked a 1-2-3 4th inning (P-4, 3-U, and F-7), and then RHP Tarlandus Mitchell threw two no run/no hit innings. Aaron Kurcz pitched the 7th & 8th, striking out four, and allowing one run on one hit (a lead-off pop fly double in the 8th that Oliver Zapata lost in the sun, followed by two ground outs).
Meanwhile, the Cubs got on the board in the top of the 1st inning as Oliver Zapata and Marco Hernandez drew walks and Micah Gibbs and Justin Bour singled, giving the Cubs a quick two-run lead before the Angels could retire a Cub hitter. Xavier Batista made it a three-spot with a two-out RBI single to drive-in Gibbs. The Cubs added two more runs in the top of the 2nd, as Oliver Zapata drove-in Gioskar Amaya with a one-out triple, and then scored on a Marco Hernandez sacrifice fly.
Up 5-2, the Cubs added single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th. Xavier Batista blasted a two-out triple and scored on a Sergio Burruel opposite-field line-drive single in the 6th, Marco Hernandez singled and then later scored on an errant pick-off attempt in the 7th, and Gioskar Amaya singled to knock-in Xavier Batista from 3rd base in the 8th (Batista had walked with one out, moved-up to 2nd base on another Sergio Burruel line-drive single to LF, and then to 3rd on a WP).
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (BB, 3B, 2-3 SH, L-7, BB, RBI, 2 R)
2. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-3 (BB, F-8 SF, 3-1, 1B, 3-6 GIDP, RBI, 2 R)
3. Micah Gibbs, C-DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3, K, BB, R)
4. Justin Bour, 1B-DH: 2-5 (1B, 1-3, 4-3, 1B, K, RBI)
5a. Ryan Cuneo, DH #1: 0-4 (P-4, L-7, 3-U, F-9)
5b. Willson Contreras, 1B: 0-1 (P-5)
6a. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-4 (K, 3-U, 1-3, 1-3)
6b. Delbis Arcila, PH: 0-1 (F-7)
7. Chris Huseby, LF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, P-3, 1-3, RBI)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (6-4 FC, K, 3B, BB, 2 R)
9. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 2-3 (BB, K, 1B, 1B, RBI)
10. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 3-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, 1B, 1B, RBI, R)
1. Jin-Yeong Kim: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 54 pitches (37 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Charles Thomas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (8 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Tarlandus Mitchell: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 24 pitches (14 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Aaron Kurcz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
5. Casey Harman: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
1. 1B Justin Bour E-3 (dropped relay throw from outfield - allowed runner who had stopped at 3rd base to score and batter who had singled to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (fielding error - allowed batter to reach base)
3. 3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (fielding error - allowed batter to reach base)
4. LF Chris Huseby E-7 (bobbled ground ball single in LF - allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
5. SS Marco Hernandez E-6 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single - allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
Micah Gibbs: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy, 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.