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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  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 29 min 26 sec ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 33 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 36 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 56 min 25 sec ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 58 min 42 sec ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • i was going off what AZPhil said above...they keep talking about tweaking the rules, i didn't know if that had been changed or not. my winter/spring was way too hectic aside from a couple weeks vacation in janurary and i missed a lot of stuff.

    if not, this is one hell of an expensive trade for what looks to be 30-40 innings of play...including the playoffs. damn.

    crunch 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • Did the QO rules change?

    unless there's a TARDIS involved, I dont believe that's a possibility

    Rob G. 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • I didn't think you could offer a QO to a player who was traded during the season? For example, Lester was not offered a QO when the Cubs signed him.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • I think the assumption is that make him a Qualify Offer and he signs elsewhere next year.

    billybucks 1 hour 50 min ago view