A's Rally to Edge Cubs at Fitch Park

Jericho Jones had three hits, reached base all four times he batted on two singles, a double, and a HBP, stole a base, and drove in a run, but the EXST A's rallied to score the tying run in the 8th and the game-winning run in the 9th en route to a 5-4 victory over the EXST Cubs in Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in warm & overcast Mesa, AZ. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Manolin DeLeon has been promoted to Peoria (replacing RHP Aaron Shafer, who was placed on the Peoria DL), and OF Francisco Guzman has returned to Fitch Park after spending ten days at Daytona while Tyler Colvin was on the D-Cubs DL with a concussion.

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):  

  LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, CF:  0-4  (K+WP, 4-3, 4-3, 4-3 - 1 R, 1 SB)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF:  2-4  (P-2, 1B, 2B, 6-3 - 1 CS)
3. Matt Cerda, 2B:  1-4  (1B, L-6, F-7, 4-3 - 1 RBI)
4. John Contreras, DH-C: 0-4  (K, 1-3, P-3, K)
5a. Sean Hoorelbeke, 1B:  0-3  (K, K, E-6)
5b. Francisco Guzman, PR-RF:  1-1  (1B - 1 R, 1 SB)
6. Kevin Soto, RF-1B:  0-2  (P-6, BB, BB, 1-4 FC - 2 R, 2 SB)
7. Jericho Jones, DH #2:  3-3  (2B, HBP, 1B, 1B - 1 RBI, 1 SB)
8. George Matheus, 3B  0-2  (K, 1-3 SH, F-8 SF, 4-3 - 1 RBI)
9. Jose Guevara, C-DH:  1-3  (F-8, 1B, F-8 - 1 RBI)
10. Robert Bautista, SS:  0-3  (K, L-3 DP, F-8)

PITCHING:
1. Su-Min Jung - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 5/2 GO/FO (52 pitches - 32 strikes)
2. Miguel Sierra - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/5 GO/FO (34 pitches - 20 strikes)
3. Gian Guzman - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO
4. Cedric Redmond - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/1 GO/FO
5. Yohan Gonzalez - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

ERRORS (2):
1. 3B George Matheus allowed RBI grounder to go through his legs (E-5) with runners at 2nd & 3rd and no outs in the top of the 3rd, allowing batter to reach base safely (and eventually leading to two unearned runs scoring).
2. SS Robert Bautista threw ball into right field (E-6) while trying to get force out at 2nd base with game tied, one out, and runner on 1st base in the top of the 9th, allowing runner to score an unearned run (the eventual game-winning run) and batter to reach base.

CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jose Guevara - 1-1 CS

OUTFIELD ARMS:
LF Jae-Hoon Ha threw out runner (7-2) trying to score from 2nd base on line drive single to LF with two outs in the top of the 9th.

WEATHER: mid-80's and overcast, rain expected later tonight  

ATTENDANCE: 9  

Comments

You have to like anybody named Jericho Jones. And thank God the attendance figures are back.

Mid 80's but humid......just like the weather in Ruston,Louisiana where Jericho played college ball.

Fucking Pujols...Down 2-0 now. With the way we are scoring runs, that might be too much to ask for to make up.

Ugh...4 game losing streak. Swept by STL. 2 runs in the last 3 games. Lots of guys hitting poorly still and it is almost Memorial Day. These bats gotta get going here soon. And now MIL just took the lead...UGH!

Thank God we got more left-handed.

I'd hate to see this offense without Milty and Fontenot.

Three well-pitched games completely wasted. Bah.

Peavey/White Sox -- hilarious.

The team has scored 3.33 runs in 29 games.

I believe the starters era is higher than that?

So - not a good formula for success.

This could be a year like 2006, with good starting pitching. IS that possible?

There's no way this team is '06 bad. But yeah, it's clear the Cardinals are better. With their guys who we've never heard of... It boggles the mind.

two truths of the universe:

Scott Eyre is still broke

...and the Cubs still don't have a roster spot for Jake Fox

Who would you rather:

Freel or Gathright?

And I guess St. Louis is just BETTER than the Cubs. And by better, I mean their replacement-level players are better than our replacement-level players.

Well, its no secret that their farm system is quite a cut above the Cubs.

And, they have the best player in baseball on their team.

The Cardinals have a pretty crappy farm system.

Consider this, if absolute truths of the universe are false...

Then, either Scott Eyre has lotsa money or

Jake Fox...

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  • AL pitcher hits a home run for a 1-0 lead. There goes perspective

    billybucks 9 sec ago view
  • Here are the ERAs for the last five starting pitchers:
    3.40
    3.64
    4.28
    4.68
    9.45

    At what point does the manager note it's not the "other pitcher"?

    And why does he start Montero in the middle of a downturn?

    The E-Man 10 min 23 sec ago view
  • Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.

    billybucks 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.

    QuietMan 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.

    John Beasley 2 hours 41 min ago view
  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 27 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 7 hours 35 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 11 hours 8 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 13 hours 11 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 22 hours 13 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 22 hours 56 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 23 hours 7 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 23 hours 14 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 23 hours 17 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 23 hours 28 min ago view