Cubs Clip Angel Wings at Fitch Park
Six pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter, and the Cubs scored once in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie and take the lead and two more insurance runs in the 7th to provide the final margin of victory, defeating the Angels 4-1 in AZ Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning against Cubs starter Charles Thomas, as Matt Long lined an RBI triple into the RF corner.
The Halos only other hit was a two-out single in the top of the 5th, as Cub relievers combined to retire 11 of the last 12 Angel hitters they faced.
The Cubs tied it up in the bottom of the 2nd on a Jeffrey Baez sacrifice fly, following a lead-off walk to Micah Gibbs and consecutive singles by Neftali Rosario and Justin Marra.
The game remained 1-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning, when Rubi Silva led-off with a line-drive single over the 2nd baseman’s head, stole 2nd base, and then came around to score on a Rafael Lopez RBI single.
The Cubs scored their final two runs of the day in the bottom of the 7th, as Neftali Rosario reached base on an E-5 to open the inning, and after advancing to 3rd base on a stolen base plus an E-2 overthrow at 2nd base, scored when Trey Martin crushed a two-out RBI double over the centerfielder’s head. And then Carlos Penalver came through with another two-out RBI hit (a single to CF) to plate Martin from 2nd base with the game’s final run.
Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Rubi Silva, 2B: 1-3 (L-8, BB, 1B, F-7, R, SB, CS)
2. Zeke DeVoss, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, K, 4-3, CS)
3a. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, RBI)
3b. Garrett Schlecht, PR-DH: NO AB
3c. Dan Vogelbach, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
4b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (K)
5. Micah Gibbs, 1B: 0-2 (BB, F-7, 4-3, R)
6. Neftali Rosario, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, E-5, R, SB)
7. Justin Marra, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, P-5, F-8, RBI)
8. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, P-3, K, RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 1-3 (K, 5-3, 2B, R, RBI)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, RBI)
1. Charles Thomas: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 34 pitches (23 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
2. Austin Reed: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (6 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Luis Liria: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 41 pitches (22 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
4. Tarlandus Mitchell: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 12 pitches (6 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
5. Frank Del Valle: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (14 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
6. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
Rafael Lopez: 1-3 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70’s
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.