Cubs Out-Fox Sox at Camelback Ranch

Jake Fox had three hits and drove in five runs with a two-run double and a three-run homer, Milton Bradley drove in three runs with a two-run home run and an RBI single, Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs with a solo HR and an RBI single, and Sean Marshall started the game and pitched five strong innings (getting ten ground balls), as the Cubs drubbed the White Sox 13-2 in Cactus League action at Camelback Ranch this afternoon

box score  

I was not at the game, but I can provide the scoring summary: 

Top of the 3rd (Cubs batting versus LHP Mark Buehrle): Alfonso Soriano hit a solo HR and Ryan Theriot singled with one out, and then Milton Bradley hit a two-run HR with two outs.

Cubs lead 3-0

Bottom of the 3rd (White Sox batting versus Sean Marshall): Left-handed hitter Dewayne Wise singled with one out, and scored on a two-out double by left-handed hitter Chris Getz.

Cubs  lead 3-1

Top of the 4th (Cubs batting versus LHP Mark Buehrle): Mike Fontenot singled leading off the inning, and scored on a two-out RBI double by So Taguchi. Alfonso Soriano singled to score Taguchi, and Ryan Theriot walked, advancing Soriano to 2nd. Then Reed Johnson singled scoring Soriano from 2nd, (RHP Jack Egbert relieved Buehrle). Milton Bradley singled, scoring Theriot. Jake Fox doubled, scoring R. Johnson and Bradley, and then Mike Fontenot singled, but J. Fox was thrown out at the plate by White Sox RF Brian Anderson trying to score frrom 2nd....

Cubs lead 9-1 

Bottom of the 5th (White Sox batting versus Sean Marshall): Josh Fields hit a solo HR leading off the inning.

Cubs lead 9-2

Sean Marshall pitched five innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits (two singles by Paul Konerko and one by Dewayne Wise, the Chris Getz RBI double, and the solo HR by Josh Fields), no walks, one HBP (Carlos Quentin), and a WP, while striking out three (Jim Thome twice and Alexei Ramirez once), with a phenomenal 10/2 GO/FO.

Top of the 6th (Cubs batting versus RHP Scott Linebrink ): Ryan Theriot singled leading off the inning, PH Micah Hoffpauir walked with one out, and Jake Fox hit a three-run home run.

Cubs lead 12-2 

Top of the 7th (Cubs batting versus RHP Randy Williams): Koyie Hill singled leading off the inning, and then Andres Blanco and Bobby Scales singled with two outs, with Scales driving in K. Hill.

Cubs lead 13-2

The Cubs also loaded the bases in the top of the 8th with two outs versus RHP Lance Broadway (Estaban German and Mark Johnson singled and Joey Gathright walked to load the bases), but Nelson Perez (up from minor league camp) struck out.

Jeff Samardzija, Luis Vizcaino,  Mike Stanton, and Chad Fox each worked one shutout inning of relief for the Cubs...

Samardzija allowed a one-out single to Jim Thome in the 6th before striking out Ben Broussard and A,. J. Pierzynski, Vizcaino pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning (striking out Gordon Beckham and Josh Fields and then getting Wise on a GO)  Stanton allowed a one-out single to left-handed hitting Getz and a two-out walk to left-handed hitting Thome in the 8th with a 1/2 GO/FO (no strikeouts), and Chad Fox pitched the bottom of the 9th and allowed a two-out single to Fields and struck out two (Beckham and Wise).

I think it's fairly obvious that Jake Fox can hit, and he probably has the most power of any player in the Cubs minor league system. The problem is, his best position is DH, but if he stays in the N. L., his only chance to DH is a couple of weeks in June during interleague play and then (maybe!) in the World Series. 

Fox is a defensive liability no matter where he plays, but it looks like the position where he might have a chance to become at least passably mediocre is 1st base, and so it appears that the Cubs have decided to get him as many reps as possible there, which is probably why he hasn't played any LF, RF, 3B, or catcher so far this Spring, even occasionally.

Fox will likely play 1B at Iowa in 2009,and perhaps could get a call-up for interleague play, where he can platoon with Hoffpauir at DH, and then again on September 1st, when he can spend the month of September hitting off the bench as the Cubs #1 RHPH (presuming he can handle that duty).

Unfortunately, Foxy's long-term future is probably not with the Cubs.   

The Cubs (and Jake Fox) return to Mesa tomorrow to face the Seattle Mariners at Ho Ho Kam Park

 

Comments

You are the man, AZ Phil
Here's to the Phil to Phlorida Phund
Cheers

Phil, I know that you cant be in two places at once, but is there anything exciting going on at Fitch Park?

Phil: Could you provide an update on how Josh Vitters has looked this spring?

AZ Phil,

You called the Harden opening the season on the DL correctly. Sun Times reporting this morning that his opening the season on the active roster 'in jeopardy'. I'd post the link if I wasn't internet-challenged.

This is an Arlington Daily Herald story, but it's also on Harden trying to be ready in time for his first regular season start:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=280805

I say give him most of April off, let Marshall take his starts. Heck, let Heilman take some of the 5th starter spots and see what he's got and give Harden until May to be ready. Then you have some extra time to evaluate those bullpen arms and see what you've got in Patton, Guzman, etc., maybe even see if a trade market opens up for Gaudin (if they still kind of want to get rid of him).

You must have missed it, but last week LOU said Atkins is the probable sixth starter.

who cares...it makes so little sense it probably won't happen. he's not on the active roster and is ready to start training with his AAA teammates soon.

and either way marshall can shift to 4th and skip the 5th starter for while...heilman is properly stretched and breaking with the club.

Speaking of opening on the DL, former Cub great Rich Hill will be there, too. Apparently his rehab from "elbow soreness" isn't proceeding quickly enough for him to be ready by Opening Day. Story says they're shooting for the middle of April.

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

Rumor has it that Juan Pierre will be a White Sux soon, per Sun-Times twitter page.

Ha... *points and laughs*

Gammons says Marcus Thames is available.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=...

He doesn't fit on the currently constructed Cubs, eseentially being a right-handed Hoffpower, but having seen many Tigers games in the past few years, let me say I LOVE this guy as the power bat off the bench. He might be the best pure power hitter in baseball - better than Branyan, Howard or anyone.

Isn't he another DH?

As has been pointed out by AZ PHIL, at least HOFF is sparkling with the glove at 1B.

And, fox from the other side is all you need, as a DH. Just don't see much point in Thames on a NL team like the Cubs...

"He doesn't fit on the currently constructed Cubs, essentially being a right-handed Hoffpower"

Just pointing out that the purest power hitter in baseball can be had for a song. I don't think he fits on the '09 Cubs either.

Thames is a 31-year-old DH type with a career 105 OPS+. There won't be many teams chomping at the bit to get him. I'd much rather have Hoffpauir. I might prefer Fox as well, since he seems to be improving with the bat. Good luck finding a gig, Thames.

But, where do you get this "best pure hitter in baseball" bullshit from?

I don't want the guy for a "song". He's surpurflous on the Cubs, and if he is such "great" pure hitter as you say, even on an AL team, he's not wanted.

I meant, "best pure power hitter..."

Who would rather call on - for one AB - to hit a HR? I'll take Thames. That's what I mean by "pure power hitter."

When do you call on a guy just to hit a homerun? When is it a homerun or nothing? I'll take Hoffpauir over Thames. More likely to put the ball in play and I would guess he's only slightly less likely to hit a homerun, maybe more likely to collect an extra base hit.

Do you mean good batting practice hitter?

might as well have dubois if you want a guy who closes his eyes and swings as hard as he can...at least dubois can swing hard without aggravating his back/side every few months.

power is about all thames does right and it's streaky at best. his total lack of speed is a killer. his glove isn't THAT horrible, but the guy can't run down anything to get to it.

parachat be open for USA vs. Japan...

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 10 hours 41 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 10 hours 50 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 10 hours 55 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 11 hours 14 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 11 hours 50 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 12 hours 7 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 12 hours 9 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 12 hours 27 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 12 hours 34 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 13 hours 30 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 13 hours 48 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 13 hours 52 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 15 hours 2 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 15 hours 41 min ago view