Will the Vogelbach Curse Haunt Boise Hawks?
Dan Vogelbach singled twice, doubled, drove-in three runs, and scored three more, Carlos Penalver collected three singles and two RBI and scored two runs, and Danny Lockhart had four hits (three singles and a double) and scored twice, leading the AZL Cubs to a 12-6 victory over the Boise Hawks this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.
Rock Shoulders (two singles, a double, and a walk) and Marco Hernandez (two singles, a triple, and two RBI) were the offensive stars for Boise in a losing cause.
Supersub IF-OF Gregori Gonzalez made his 2012 game debut today at DH. He suffered a broken arm in Spring Training.
Since Friday's intrasquad game, centerfielders Shawon Dunston Jr and Trey Martin have switched places, with Dunston now assigned to Boise and Martin assigned to the AZL Cubs. Also, OF Dong-Yub Kim (the hottest hitter at EXST over the last month, or actually ever since he started throwing left-handed) was the DH for Boise after playing with the AZL Cubs last week.
If you want to know how fluid the Boise and AZL Cubs rosters are right now, Brian Inoa was a DH for the AZL Cubs for the first six innings of today's game, and then got a "battlefield promotion" mid-game (after Gregori Gonzalez reported to the AZL Cubs bench and said his arm felt 100%), and he played 2nd base for Boise the last three frames. For the day (five PA combined between AZL Cubs and Boise), Inoa had three hits and a walk, scored two runs, and knocked in a couple more.
You occasionally hear stories about a guy getting traded between games of a doubleheader... How about getting promoted during the game?
None of the pitchers who threw in the game today game had much success, with the exception of veteran RHP Shane Lindsay, who struck out the side in the 9th on 11 pitches. The 27-year old Australian fireballer was sent to Fitch Park from AAA Iowa to work on his mechanics, and if today was any indication, his mechanics are just fine now. (The Cubs signed Lindsay to a minor league contract after he was releaed by the Dodgers last month).
Boise RHP James Pugliese had an especially poor outing, allowing seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits and a walk in five innings (81 pitches). Pugliese had been the best pitcher at Extended Spring Training over the previous nine weeks.
Prior to the game on Field #3, RHP Justin Berg (2011 TJS rehab) and LHP Zac Rosscup (biceps tendinitis) squared-off in a two-inning "sim" game on Field #2.
The Hawks will be flying to Boise tomorrow morning, and their first game is Friday night versus Salem-Keizer at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, OR
Meanwhile, the AZL Cubs will continue to train & drill at Fitch Park ad nauseum for another week or so as draft picks begin to arrive (11th rounder IF-OF Rashad Crawford was there today, but he is not ready to play in games yet), before opening AZL play a week from Wednesday versus the AZL Giants up the road at HoHoKam Park.
All of the AZL Cubs games (home & road) will be night games (7 PM local start-time). The AZL Cubs will play games four nights in a row and then have a day-off every fifth day.
Here is the box score from today’s game:
AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 2-5 (5-3, 1B, K, 1B, K, 2 R)
2. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 4-5 (1B, 1B, 2B, 1B, E-3, 3 R, CS)
3. Carlos Penalver, SS: 3-5 (F-8, 1B, 1B, 1B, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 3-5 (1B, 1B, K, 2B, K, 3 R, 3 RBI)
5a. Brian Inoa, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
NOTE: Inoa was DH for AZL Cubs first six innings, then played 2B for Boise last three innings
6a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
6b. Gregori Gonzalez, DH #2: 1-3 (L-6, 2B, K, RBI)
7. Justin Marra, C: 0-3 (BB, K, K, F-9)
8. Jair Bogaerts,, 3B: 0-4 (4-6-3 DP, 5-3, F-8, K)
9. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 2-4 (4-3, 1B, F-7, 3B, R, SB)
10. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-4 (5-3, K, 3-1, P-5)
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-5 (3-U, P-5, 6-3, 3B, 1B, 2 R)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-9, R, SB)
2b. Brian Inoa, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: Inoa was DH for AZL Cubs first six innings, then played 2B for Boise last three innings
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 3-5 (4-3, P-6, 1B, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI)
4. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-5 (K, 6-3, K, F-7, F-9)
5. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 3-4 (1B, F-8, 2B, BB, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Xavier Batista, LF: 1-5 (4-1, P-4, F-9, 2B, K)
7. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 4-3, K, RBI)
8. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, BB, F-8)
9. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1-3, 1B, R)
AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tayler Scott: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 51 pitches (34 strikes), 6/5 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 40 pitches (26 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Su-Min Jung: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 38 pitches (23 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 15 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
1. James Pugliese: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 81 pitches (58 strikes), 6/2 GO/FO
2. Amaury Paulino: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 46 pitches (33 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Shane Lindsay: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
AZL CUBS ERRORS: NONE
BOISE ERRORS: 4
1. Wilson Contreras - E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base and runner at 3rd base to score)
2. Wilson Contreras - E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runners at 3rd base and at 1st base to score)
3. Rock Shoulders – E-3 (errant throw allowed runner at 2nd base to advance to 3rd base)
4. Rock Shoulders - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 0-1 CS, 2 PB
BOISE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 2 E (see above)
AZL CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Trevor Gretzky - threw out runner 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to outfield
BOISE OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Eduardo Gonzalez - threw out runner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to outfield
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90’s
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.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.
And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):
i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.
there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.
I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.
O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already.
I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.
I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.
Enjoyable read on David Ross.
Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.
With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined).
BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.
If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).
As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).