Ryan Dempster Day at Fitch Park
Greg Rohan singled, doubled, clubbed a three-run homer, and walked with the bases loaded, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 10-6 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) on Field #3, and Wes Darvill smacked an RBI triple to give the Chiefs the lead and then scored on a Sergio Burruel RBI single to key a two-run 4th, as Peoria defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Angels “A” affiliate) 4-2 on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Named the Cubs Opening Day starter last week by Manager Dale Sveum, veteran RHP Ryan Dempster made the short trip to Fitch Park (instead of the long bus ride to Goodyear) and got the start for Daytona.
He was supposed to throw six innings or 90 pitches (whichever came first).
Pitching to a lineup of “A”-ball kids, Dempster allowed six runs on eight hits (including three triples) in five innings of work. He threw 88 pitches (58 strikes), with 50 of the pitches thrown over his final two innings, as he was obviously laboring, and possibly tiring, too. He walked one, struck out four, and unleashed one wild pitch, with an 3/8 GO/FO (he had trouble keeping his pitches down).
RHP Zach Cates was scheduled to start for Daytona today, but was switched to the Peoria game to accommodate Ryan Dempster. Cates (acquired from SD in the Anthony Rizzo-Andrew Cashner deal) threw four innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk, with two strikeouts.
There have been a number of roster moves at Minor League Camp over the past couple of days, including CF Jae-Hoon Ha from the Iowa squad to the Tennessee squad, CF Matt Szczur from AA Tennessee to Daytona, 2B-OF Zeke DeVoss, C Rafael Lopez, and OF John Andreoli from Tennessee to Peoria, RF Reggie Golden and CF Pin-Chieh Chen from Daytona to Peoria, and SS Javier Baez, 1B Dan Vogelbach, C Neftali Rosario, OF Trey Martin and several others from Peoria to Boise/Mesa.
As usual, players and pitchers from the Boise/Mesa squad were dispersed among the four full-season squads who played games today (AA Tennessee and AAA Iowa played the Angels AA and AAA squads at Diablo Park in Tempe), and several of the ones who did not travel to Tempe saw game action for Peoria or Daytona.
Although the Chiefs and D-Cubs were leading their games after 8-1/2 innings, the bottom of the 9th was played in both games so that all of the Angels pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work in, and a top half of the 10th inning was played on Field #2 so that Cubs RHP Jin-Young Kim could get an inning of work.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played at Fitch Park (Cubs players only)
FITCH PARK FIELD #2
1a. Zeke DeVoss, 2B-DH: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 1B, 4-3, R)
1b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 5th TIME THRU ORDER
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS-3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, L-8, BB, 3-U, R, SB)
3. Rafael Lopez, DH-C: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, 4-3, BB, F-8)
4a. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, K, K, RBI)
4b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (5-4 FC, RBI)
5. Paul Hoilman, 1B: 0-3 (1B, F-7, BB, F-7)
6. John Andreoli, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, BB, 5-3, R)
7a. Wes Darvill, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, 3B, 3-1, R, RBI)
7b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
8a. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, F-8, RBI)
8b. Brian Inoa, PH: 0-0 (BB)
9a. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 1-2 (2B, K)
9b. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
10a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TWO TIMES THRU ORDER
10b. Kenny Socorro, 2B: 0-2 (P-6, 5-3)
1. Zach Cates: 4.0 IP, 4 H 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 54 pitches (35 strikes), 5/5 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (15 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Ramon Garcia: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
4. Bryce Shafer: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Jin-Young Kim: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 7 pitches (6 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
PEORIA ERRORS: 2
1. P Zach Cates - E1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base)
2. C Sergio Burruel - E2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
PEORIA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
FITCH PARK FIELD #3
1. Matt Szczur, DH #1: 2-5 (K, 1-2 FC, 1B, 2B, 5-3, 3 R)
2. Elliot Soto, SS: 2-4 (6-3, BB, 1B, 1B, E-6, R, 2 RBI, CS)
3. Rubi Silva, LF: 1-5 (F-8, E-6, 1B, 3-1, E-6, R)
4. Greg Rohan, 3B: 3-4 (2B, BB, L-7, 1B, HR, R, 4 RBI, PO)
5. Richard Jones, 1B: 3-5 (K, 3-1, 1B, 1B, 2B, R, RBI)
6. Abner Abreu, RF: 1-5 (6-3, 4-3, 6-3 DP, 2B, F-8, RBI)
7. Dustin Harrington, 2B: 3-5 (1B, 1B, 1B, K, 4-3, R)
8a. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
8b. Anthony Giansanti, C: 2-3 (2B, P-4, 1B, 2 RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 1-2 (BB, HBP, K, 1B, R)
10. Dan Vogelbach, DH #2: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, K, 4-3, R)
1. Ryan Dempster: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 88 pitches (58 strikes), 3/8 GO/FO
2. Eduardo Figueroa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (17 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Jeff Lorick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
6. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 14 pitches (8 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
DAYTONA ERRORS: 3
1. P Ryan Dempster - E1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 1B Richard Jones - E3 (dropped pop-up in foul territory extending AB)
3. 3B Greg Rohan - E5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Micah Gibbs: 0-3 CS
WEATHER: Overcast and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).
TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.
TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.
Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.
Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.
Think Baby Maddux.
Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.
Kyle is on the far left.
I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.
My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.