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
good...he's been stinking up the durham bulls for a couple years now.
Rays DFA Hak-Ju Lee.
Olt for Lee and the circle of life is complete
dusty would have to start baez because both lastella + castro would be pitching because all the other pitcher's arms would have fallen off months ago. it would piss dusty off because baez is a rookie and theo couldn't go out and get him a 39 year old DH to play 2nd. i imagine it would be a 2-box-of-toothpicks night.
lou would have quit his job already, so that's irrelevant and a trick question.
just a theoretical thought...if Dusty was manager (WWDD) or if Lou (WWLD) was manager...
would Javy Baez be in tonight's lineup?
my thought is:
Dusty... Bonifacio would have been brought up and started at 2B
Lou..."I like playing the kids, really I do, but but but Jonathan Herrera really needs to play to stay sharp."
He was replying to tweet who said error should have been hit
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Jeff Russell and Rafael Soriano DFA's to make room for the callups (Berry and Cahill)
The next 4 weeks should answer this for us. If Castro starts hitting again and neither Baez or La Stella perform, he'd be on a playoff roster. If not, and one of those other two guys does well, I wouldn't be surprised if he was left off. A key error or mental lapse in a one game playoff would be killer and he is too prone to them.
To put a finer point on it, Baez playing second and hitting 7th tonight.
"This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." from a Tweet from Arrieta. I who do you think he is talking about.
"This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." --Jake Arrieta on Twitter.
I'll check back in on a day that Starlin doesn't make three errors. But for now I would say him not making the playoff roster is a stretch. Who do you trust more than Starlin to be a RH backup middle infielder? Herrera has no bat at all, and Baez has been in AAA all season and may be as error prone as Castro and may strike out a giant proportion of the time he's at the plate. I'm also less than convinced that La Stella will step in and be a significant contributor. Starlin is at least a big part of the 2B picture for the remainder of the year.
Sadly, nothing is sticking to the wall. The only thing still lingering is the smell from their pitching outings.
i think they were just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.
they wanted to push for the post-season without giving up anything. thank gawd for the cubs winning tear and SF's failure tear...hopefully that holds up until the season ends.
once we're into the post-season (if that happens) then it doesn't matter about the 4-5 slot pitchers. arguably, the pen is much more important at that point when it comes to anyone but the top-3 starters.
Signing Haren was very curious, at best. An over-the-hill fly ball pitcher can survive at Wrigley in April, May & June, when it's cold and the wind tends to blow in (i.e. the ballpark plays "big"). But, signing him to pitch at Wrigley in July, August & Sept., when it's warm and the wind tends to blow out...well, Theo, what did you expect? Gotta believe the Reds will be running up to the plate to get their swings against Haren tonight.
Come on, offense -- we're gonna need another 6-7 runs tonight!
...or they could wait until tomorrow and haren can be DFA'd...maybe...probably not...sigh.
gotta imagine j.russell is on his way out at the very least.