Ten Extra-Base Hits Do the Trick for Cubs at Fitch Park
Dwayne Kemp had three hits (including two triples) and drove in four runs, Chris Weimer slugged three doubles and drove-in three runs, Logan Watkins had three hits and two RBI, and Kevin Soto had three hits and an outfield assist, leading the EXST Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the EXST Angels at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in hot & sunny Mesa.
A native of Rotterdam, Kemp was the second player signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Baseball Academy (Italian RHP Alessandro Maestri was the first) and was a member of the Team Netherlands provisional roster for the WBC, and like Cubs 2B Mike Fontenot, the 5'8 might-mite really packs some punch. Both of Kempy's triples today were opposite field shots slammed off the right-centerfield fence.
20-year old Venezuelan RHP Robert Hernandez, who is at EXST rehabbing from a sprained ankle suffered in a game at Papago Park the last week of Minor League Camp, pitched two innings today and showed no ill effects. Several of his family and friends were at the game today, and he looks to be about ready to move up to Daytona.
And LHP Chris Siegfried, who was left at Fitch Park at the end of Minor League Camp to work on his mechanics and revamp his delivery, has been promoted to Peoria.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Logan Watkins, SS: 3-5 (5-3, 2B, 6-3, 1B, 1B - 1 R, 2 RBI)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 0-4 (K, SH, P-4, L-5, 6-3 GIDP)
3a. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. John Contreras, C: 1-2 (1B, FC - 1 R, 1 RBI)
3c. Jose Guevara, PH-C: 0-1 (4-3)
4. Chris Weimer, 1B: 3-4 (6-3, 2B, 2B, 2B - 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Sean Hoorelbeke, DH #1: 2-4 (2B, 2B, FC, 1-3 - 2 R, 1 RBI)
6. Jericho Jones, LF: 1-3 (2B, 4-3, BB, K - 2 R, 1 RBI)
7. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 3-4 (3B, 5-3, 3B, 1B - 4 RBI
8. Kevin Soto, RF: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 1B - 1 R)
9. Sean Williams, DH #2: 1-4 (3-1, 1-3, 1B, K - 1 R)
10. Jose Made, 3B: 2-4 (2B, 3-U, 1B, FC - 2 R)
1. Andres Quezada - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/FO
2. Robert Hernandez - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO
3. Adam Spencer - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2 WP, 1/2 GO/FO
4. Carlos Rojas - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/FO
5. Manolin DeLeon - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO
John Contreras; 0-1 CS
CF Jae Hoon Ha threw out a ruunner 8-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to left-center, and RF Kevin Soto threw out a batter 9-6 trying to stretch a bloop single hit down the RF line into a double.
Sean Hoorelbeke was thrown out 7-6-5 while inexplicitly trying to stretch a double into a triple with two outs in the 3rd inning, and Dwayne Kemp was thrown out 2-1 with two outs in the 6th while trying to score from third base on a pitch that bounded away from the catcher.
In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.
Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?
Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]
ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.
cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels.
M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores) the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating.
E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.
Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).
PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
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.
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.
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.
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.