Cubs May Put "GO" in Chicago, but A's Put "GO" in Papago
Making his second injury rehab appearance in four days, Todd Wellemeyer threw two perfect innings (31 pitches – 17 strikes) with three strikeouts (all swinging), but the EXST Athletics scored at least one run off each of the other four EXST Cubs pitchers who followed en route to a 7-2 victory in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Connie Mack Field at the Papago Park Baseball Complex in Phoenix this morning.
The game was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and A's pitchers to get their scheduled work.
Wellemeyer missed most of Spring Training with a sore hip, and he had indicated that he might even consider retiring if the pain persisted. But with the way he has thrown (so far) in his first two Extended Spring Training rehab outings, I think he probably made the right decision when he chose to keep pitching. He still throws hard, and while he may not be an “ace” (or anything close to one), he certainly isn’t any worse than a lot of other pitchers (including some pitching for the Cubs) who are throwing in MLB games these days.
21-year old RHP Su-Min Jung followed Wellemeyer to the mound, and while he was hit fairly hard at times (allowing three runs—two earned--on three singles, a double, and a triple), the Korean youngster was able to throw three innings and close to 60 pitches, so he could be about ready to complete his rehab assignment and get moved up to either Peoria or Daytona, if the Cubs choose to do so.
RHP Austin Reed (Cubs 2010 12th round draft pick out of Rancho Cucamonga HS - Rancho Cucamonga, CA) had a poor outing, walking five A’s hitters in just two innings (throwing 48 pitches, but only 22 strikes). The 19-year old Reed has electric stuff, but he also occasionally suffers from bouts of wildness, as was the case today.
The Cubs scoring consisted entirely of a Jesus Morelli solo HR (his 2nd HR of EXST), and an Oliver Zapata triple followed by an RBI GO.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Jose Valdez, CF-DH: 2-4 (3-1, 1B, K, 1B)
2. Oliver Zapata, RF-CF: 1-4 (F-8, F-8, 3B, K, R)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-3 (BB, 3-U, 4-3, 4-3, RBI, SB)
4. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #1: 1-4 (5-3, K, 2B, K)
5. Jesus Morelli, LF: 1-3 (BB, HR, F-9, 5-3, R, RBI)
6. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-4 (F-8, 5-3, K, 1B)
7. Max Kwan, DH #2: 1-3 (K, BB 1B, K)
8. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, 4-6 FC)
9. Hector Suarez, C: 0-3 (F-9, FC+E4, 5-3)
10. Dustin Harrington, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 5-3, 1B)
11a. Vismeldy Bieneme, DH #3: 0-1 (K)
11b. Marco Hernandez, PH: 0-1 (K)
11c. Gregori Gonzalez, RF: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
1. Todd Wellemeyer: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 31 pitches (17 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Su-Min Jung: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 56 pitches (34 strikes), 6/3 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 48 pitches (22 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 20 pitches (13 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Casey Harman: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
1. 3B Dustin Geiger E5 – throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run
2. LF Jesus Morelli E7 – dropped line drive allowing batter to reach base safely and runner who was on 2nd base to score unearned run
Hector Suarez: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70’s
There's an interview with Heyward up on ESPN where he says the wrist thing has been lingering and he just brought it up with the team as it didn't go away. So that could very well explain why he hasn't had the same hard contact recently.
Ryan Kalish writeup (by Peter Gammons last November):
Villanueva goes to the 60 day DL.
Peter Gammons just tweeted that teammates are tweeting Kalish is getting recalled. Not sure which ones and what they'll do with the 40 man but there we go.
Jesee Rogers just said he thought Ryan Kalish would be the call up.
Ryan Kalish is not on the 40-man either.
Schwarber hurt, Heyward hurt, Szczur hurt. Let's see how many guys have to go down before Soler gets his job back.
RHP Jake Arrieta (5-0, 1.00)
Neat. This ought to be a good game.
Unless somebody goes on the 60-DL or ouright them they can't call up Shane he's not on the 40 man roster, he still on a minor league contract
Everytime I recall Szcur's bone marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!