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.

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  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 15 hours 58 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 16 hours 41 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 16 hours 52 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 16 hours 58 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 17 hours 2 min ago view
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    crunch 17 hours 13 min ago view
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    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 17 hours 18 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 17 hours 34 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 20 hours 26 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 22 hours 59 min ago view
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    chitownmvp01 23 hours 31 min ago view