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
Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.
The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.
That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.
On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!
KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.
Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?
Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.
Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.
So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?
Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.
Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.
Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?
Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?
Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.
Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?
THAT WAS TURRIBLE.
Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?
Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.
...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.
bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.