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

    Eric S 10 min 11 sec 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 3 hours 8 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 3 hours 20 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 3 hours 29 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 3 hours 34 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 3 hours 52 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 4 hours 29 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 46 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 4 hours 48 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 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 5 hours 13 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 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 6 hours 27 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 6 hours 31 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 7 hours 41 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 8 hours 20 min ago view