A Sosa Deja View from Center Street

Francisco Sosa slugged a two-run HR onto Center Street and his teammates rapped out ten singles, seven doubles, and two triples, as the EXST Rockies took both games of a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader from the EXST Cubs by scores of 4-2 and 11-2 this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.


The games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields and were scheduled as seven-inning affairs, but the game on Field #2 was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and Rockies pitchers to get their scheduled work.



While the Rockies were ripping ten extra-base hits in the two games, the Cubs managed just one (a Dustin Harrington double). The Cubs also grounded into five double plays, committed two errors, and pulled a couple of base-running gaffes.


Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):


FIELD #2


LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-U, K)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (1-6-3 DP, 1B, K)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, L-7, 2-3)
4. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, 5-4-3 DP, K)
5. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, 6-3)
6. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-8)
7. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-3 (6-3, 2B, 1B, 2 R)
8. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB)
9. Brian Inoa, DH: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)


PITCHERS:
1. Matt Loosen: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 51 pitches (28 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Jean Sandoval: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 46 pitches (31 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Luis Villalba: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 27 pitches (15 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO


ERRORS: 1:
C Johan DeJesus E2 – overthrow at 3rd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to score unearned run


CATCHERS DEFENSE
Johan DeJesus: 3-4 CS, 1 E (see above)


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FIELD #3


LINEUP:
1. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-4 (F-8, 1-U, 4-6-3 DP, P-6)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
4. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
5. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (6-3 DP, 1B, 3-1, F-8, RBI)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (2-3, 5-3, 6-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
7. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 3-4 (4-3, 1B, 1B, 1B, R)
8. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B)
9. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-8)


PITCHERS:
1. Charles Thomas: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 40 pitches (19 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
NOTE: Thomas first inning of work was stopped with one out when he reached his max pitch limit for that inning
2. Colin Richardson: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Rafael Diplan: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 45 pitches (29 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
NOTE: Diplan’s second inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit
4. Larry Suarez: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Suarez’s inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit


ERRORS: 1:
C Yaniel Cabezas E2 – overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd base


CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)


ATTENDANCE: 6


WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80’s


 

Comments

Yikes. Suarez just can't get it going. I remember being pumped when we signed that kid. We've given out more to other international prospects (I think he only got 400K or something like that), but he was one of the first big ones I can remember out of LA.

And speaking of Venezuelan pitchers, one named Carlos Silva (yes, THAT one) is pitching tonight for the Tampa Yankees versus the Daytona Cubs, and Jae-Hoon Ha took him deep for a two-run HR in the top of the 1st inning. That's Ha's 5th HR of the season.

and rosscup (from the TB trade for garza) going tonight for daytona

I read that Dolis is being moved to the bullpen at the Cubs request.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/may/01/smok...

The Smokies rotation took a hit this week when Rafael Dolis, their most consistent starter to this point, was moved to the bullpen at the behest of the Chicago Cubs. Dolis, who is on the Cubs' 40-man roster, had a rough outing in his first relief appearance Saturday night, giving up four unearned runs in what eventually was a 7-6 Smokies loss.

"We feel like he could be a big league eighth-ninth inning guy," Harper said. "Last night he didn't throw like he can, but we feel like he'll develop quick in that role."

He had started 4 games and had a 2.70 era, 15/7 K/BB, 15/16.2 k/ip, 19/16.2 whip (too lazy to do the math, but you get it)

he's always been a fringe stamina guy anyway...deep counts. i wonder what pitch count he starts to tap out at. he doesn't put in too many outings more than 5-6ip.

Is he fat?

Hopefully, not a Ricketts forecast:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/05...

fwiw, it was near 90 today and the first week back from Spring Break for a lot of parents. Not gonna take their kids out a school after being out last week.

It was a decent crowd last night, although far from packed.

z.greinke isn't a NL fan so far...5 runs given up so far, 0 outs in the 4th.

Phil,

How did Colin Richardson look? What are your thoughts on him? Any Ryan Hartman or Brian Smith sightings? What are your thoughts on them?

Submitted by Koyies Bansaw on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:59pm.
Phil,

How did Colin Richardson look? What are your thoughts on him? Any Ryan Hartman or Brian Smith sightings? What are your thoughts on them?

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K BANSAW: Colin Richardson looked OK (especially compared to the other pitchers who threw on Field #3). He threw a high percentage of strikes, although he had trouble keeping his pitches down and so some of them were a bit too hittable.

Ryan Hartman last threw on Monday in a sim game (along with five other pitchers). He has really struggled. He threw in an EXST game versus the Rockies a couple of weeks ago that I did not cover (I was at the other game that day), but I got back to Fitch Park just in time to see his outing (he was the last pitcher), and it wasn't pretty. So I've seen him throw in at least three EXST games during the first couple of weeks, and he hasn't shown much to this point. His curve ball is normally his "out" pitch, but not so far. And he doesn't have the stamina to throw more than two innings, either.

I haven't seen Brian Smith.

Thanks again Phil!

FYI

Doug Davis is pitching today for the Daytona Cubs.
Tom Wellemeyer is pitching today for the Iowa Cubs.

Tom related to Todd?

Any word on Todd Wellemeyer?

Davis went 6.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.

Daytona up 5-0 in 9th. Big day for Jr. Lake, 3 for 5, HR, triple, 3 RBI.

Call him up, or activate him or whatever.

I wonder what the Florida St League record is for consecutive PA's as a the #1 hitter without accepting a walk is (or was).

wow..nothing says "Cubs prospect" like Jr. Lakes' .297 BA and .298 OBP.

HAHA

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  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 29 min 51 sec ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 53 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 5 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 48 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 12 hours 33 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 12 hours 34 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 22 hours 15 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 1 hour ago view