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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  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 4 hours 55 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 9 hours 12 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 50 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 11 hours 20 sec ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 3 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 11 hours 12 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 14 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 11 hours 20 min ago view
  • QuietMan 11 hours 28 min ago view