Even Angels Evil Twins Can't Prevent Victory at Diablo
The EXST Angels banged-out 13 hits including four doubles and two triples en route to an 8-4 victory over the EXST Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park in Tempe.
Kyung-Min Na provided most of the offense for the Cubs, collecting three hits (two singles and a double) and three RBI.
Augie Ojeda continued his rehab assignment, getting five more AB (one in each of the first five innings), and (once again) going 0-5 (line-drive out to RF that was turned into a DP, pop-out to the first-baseman in foul territory, an inning-ending 6-4-3 GIDP, a called third strike, and a ground out.
The game was full of errors and misplays of all kinds.
The Angels had five runners thrown out on the bases (one trying to score from 2nd base on a single to CF, one for missing 2nd base on what should have been a triple, one at 3rd base trying to stretch a double into a triple when he slowed down to slide, one picked-off 1st base, and one thrown out trying to steal 3rd base with no outs).
Meanwhile, one Cub base-runner was doubled-off 2nd base on a line-drive out to RF (and it wasn’t a hit & run, either), and another was picked-off 2nd base with Cubs slugger Reggie Golden at the plate representing the tying run.
Also, Cub defenders committed three errors (one throwing, one fielding, and one Catcher’s Interference), and allowed the Angels to score a runner from 2nd base on a bunt. In the immortal words of Jack Benny, “Follow this”... Runner at 2nd base and no outs... Angel batter lays a bunt down the third base line... Cubs let the ball roll, hoping it will go foul... It does not... Cubs just stand around marveling at their bad luck as the Angel hitter takes second base (nobody covering) and runner who was on second base scores (nobody covering home, either).
Needless to say, if somebody had to miss an Extended Spring Training game, this was the one to miss.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
NOTE: Augie Ojeda was a DH and had five AB (going 0-5), batting third in the top of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings, and first in the top of the 4th and 5th innings.
X. Augie Ojeda, DH #1: 0-5 (L-9 DP, P-3, 6-4-3 DP, K, 4-1)
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3, 2B, 3 RBI, PO)
2. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH#2: 1-4 (4-U FC, 1B, F-8, K, SB)
3a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3b. Eduardo Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-2 (F-7, L-5)
4. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-3 (3-U, K, K)
5. Dustin Harrington, 2B: 1-3 (F-9, F-7,1B, R)
6. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, K, BB, R)
7a. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
7b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
8a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
8b. Brian Inoa, DH-C: 1-2 (F-7, 1B, R)
9. Xavier Batista, LF: 0-2 (F-8, BB, 5-3)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-4)
11. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-1 (3B, BB, BB, R)
1. Willengton Cruz: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 46 pitches (31 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
2. Dustin Fitzgerald: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 48 pitches (28 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Alvido Jimenez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 31 pitches (15 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 32 pitches (18 strikes), 0/5 GO/FO
1. 3B Dustin Geiger - E5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Wes Darvill - E6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
3. C Brian Inoa - E2 (Catcher’s Interference allowed batter to reach base safely)
1. Yaniel Cabezas: 1-1 CS
2. Brian Inoa: 1 E (see above)
1. CF Kyung-Min Na threw out runner 8-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line-drive single to CF
2. RF Reggie Golden helped to throw out runner 9-4-5 trying to stretch a double into a triple
WEATHER: Mostly sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s
if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.
I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.
They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.
If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!
(But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)
Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.
Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.
He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.
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.
Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?
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!]
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/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
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.
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).
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.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.