The Wright Stuff Not Enough to Prevent Giant Sweep
Tennessee Smokies OF Ty Wright (DL rehab assignment) had three hits (two singles and a double) in his first game action since suffering a sprained ankle in a Southern League game on April 17th, but the EXST Giants swept a doubleheader from the EXST Cubs by scores of 7-5 and 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
The games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields, and both games were seven-inning affairs.
20-year old Dominican LHP Willengton Cruz had the best outing among the six Cub pitchers who threw at Fitch Park today, tossing three innings of one-hit shutout ball with no walks and six strikeouts (five swinging) on Field #2, and 2B Gregori Gonzalez reached base four times on a double, a single, and two walks, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, also on Field #2.
On the negative side, the Cubs committed six errors (resulting in four unearned runs) in the combined 14 innings of play, including five errors in the game played on Field #3.
For those of you who were Cub fans back in the day, you may be interested to know that ex-Cub Manager Tom Trebelhorn is the EXST Giants skipper (as he has been for the past four seasons), and ex-Cub manager Joey Amalfitano (who is now 77 years old) is an infield and bunting instructor with the EXST Giants. Both are looking well.
Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):
SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 1-3 (F-8, P-1, BB, 1B, R)
2. Gregori Gonzalez, 2B: 2-2 (BB, BB, 2B, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-3 (1B, HBP, K, 3-1, R)
4. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-2 (F-9 SF, 2B, BB, F-7, 2 RBI)
5. Jesus Morelli, DH: 1-3 (F-8, F-8 SF, 1B, F-8, RBI)
6. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-4 (5-3, K, F-8, 1B)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (P-4, BB, 4-6 FC, 2B, R, SB)
8. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-3 (BB, P-4, L-3, L-9)
9. Max Kwan, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, P-6, K)
SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. Willengton Cruz: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 39 pitches (28 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Jeffry Antigua: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
SQUAD “A” ERRORS: 1:
3B Wilson Contreras - E5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
SQUAD “A” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS
NOTE: Ty Wright was a DH and batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, and second in the bottom of the 5th inning.
SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
X. Ty Wright, DH #1: 3-5 (5-4 FC, 1B, 2B, F-8, 1B, RBI)
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 1-3, K)
2. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-2 (6-4 FC, HBP, 1B, R, CS)
3. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (4-6 FC, F-8, 1B, R)
4. Dong-Yub Kim, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, K, R, SB)
5a. Brian Inoa, C: 0-2 (6-3, FC)
5b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6b. Rafael Valdes, DH #2: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
7. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 1-3 (6-3 DP, K, 1B, RBI)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (F-9, F-7, K)
9. Carlos Romero, DH #3: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, 1-3)
10. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (1B, 4-6 FC)
SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. Joe Zeller: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 40 pitches (30 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
2. Dustin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 27 pitches (15 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
3. Manolin DeLeon: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 37 pitches (24 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
SQUAD “B” ERRORS: 5:
1. 1B Dong-Yub Kim - E3 (errant throw attempting to throw-out runner at plate allowed another runner to score and batter to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Dustin Geiger - E5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Vismeldy Bieneme - E4 (fielding error allowed batter reach base safely)
4. LF Eduardo Gonzalez - E7 (dropped pop fly in LF allowed batter reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
5. 1B Dong-Yub Kim - E3 (missed catch at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Brian Inoa: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s
I know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.
With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.
I'll take that omen instead...
"oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"
Ok, now that was funny. :)
KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.
Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.
Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.
Dodgers ahead 2-1.
96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.
Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.
cubs win, pirates lose...
the curse is now yours.
cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.
Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.
he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.
he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).
I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.
I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.
he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.
he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.
I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.
Nice article on Rizzo
Written by ex teammate
JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat