Splitsville in Scottsdale for Cubs and Giants

Robert Hernandez was clubbed for seven runs in a nightmarish bottom of the 1st inning and the EXST Giants cruised to 9-3 victory over the EXST Cubs on Indian Bend Park Field #4 in Scotsdale this morning, but not to worry too much, because Logan Watkins and Matt Cerda drove-in two runs apiece and Su-Min Jung and Toby Matchulat combined to throw six innings of two-hit shutout ball, as the another squad of EXST Cubs defeated another squad of EXST Giants 5-1 at Indian Bend Park Field #3, in a game played simultaneous to the one on Field #4. And I was able to watch both games simutaneously, too.

Dwayne Kemp returned to the lineup (he was a DH on Field #4) after missing a week-plus of games while nursing a sore quad, and he looked rusty, too, striking out in each of his first three ABs.

And the Cubs didn't bring enough position players along to fill the normal two DH slots. Outfielders Jae-Hoon Ha and Francisco Guzman did not make the trip to Scottsdale today. I know Ha is injured (he has been in shorts and t-shirt for several days now), but I don't why Guzman was absent.  

So then here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):

 

SQUAD "A" PLAYING ON FIELD #3:

LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, CF:        3-4  (1B, 1B, 5-3 SH, 1B, 6-3 - 1 R, 1 SB,1 CS)
2. Logan Watkins, SS:    2-3  (L-8, 1B, BB, 1B - 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB)
3. Matt Cerda, 2B:           2-4  (F-7, 1B, 2B, F-7 - 2 RBI)
4. John Contreras, 1B:    0-3  (6-3, 5-3, BB, K)
5. Jericho Jones, RF:      0-2  (BB, BB, K, 3-U - 1 R)
6. Chris Weimer, LF:       0-4  (L-6, L-6, K, F-8)
7. Juan Medina, C:         1-4  (1B, F-7, K, F-9 - 1 R)
8. George Matheus, 3B:  1-4  (F-8, 2B, 3-1, F-9)
9. Jose Guevara, DH:      0-1  (F-8)
NOTE: #9 spot in order was skipped until the 8th inning, when hard-workin' Jose Guevara was finally able to get an AB after being assigned to warm-up pitchers (from both Cubs squads) in the bullpen for most of the game.

PITCHERS:
1. Su-Min Jung -        3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 5/2 GO/FO
2. Toby Matchulat -    3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GO/FO
3. Yohan Gonzalez -  2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP,1 WP, 2/2 GO/FO

ERRORS: (3)
SS Logan Watkins had two errors (one throwing error and one fielding error, both allowing the batter to reach base safely), and 3B George Matheus had one fielding error allowing batter to reach base, although the batter was immediately thrown out 7-4 (LF Chris Weimer to 2B Matt Cerda) when he tried to take 2nd on the play.   

 

SQUAD "B" PLAYING ON FIELD #4:

LINEUP:
1. Hak-Ju Lee, SS:           1-4  (F-8, 1B, F-7, 6-3 - 1 RBI)
2. Dwayne Kemp, DH:      0-4  (K, K, K, 5-3)
3. Kevin Soto, CF:            1-2  (1B, 6-3, BB - 1 R, 1 SB)
4. Sean Hoorelbeke, 1B:  1-3  (6-4 FC, F-8, 1B - 1 R, 1 SB)
5. Alvaro Sosa, C:             0-3  (K, 6-3, K)
6. Robert Bautista, 3B:      2-3  (K, 1B, 2B - 1 RBI)
7. Jesus Morelli, RF:         0-3  (K, F-8, P-4)
8. Sean Williams, LF:       0-3  (K, 4-3, 5-3)
9. Jose Made, 2B:             0-1  (BB, K, BB - 1 R, 2 SB)

PITCHERS:
1. Robert Hernandez - 2.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/FO
2. Dionis Nunez -         2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/FO
3. George Pineda -      1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 4/0 GO/FO

ERRORS: (2)
P George Pineda had one fielding error (dropped throw covering 1st base) leading to two unearned runs scoring later in the inning, and 1B Sean Hoorelbeke had one fielding error (two base error, batted ball caromed off his glove and into right-field foul territory, allowing batter to reach 2nd base) 

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alvaro Sosa: 0-2 CS

WEATHER: Temperature got up into the 90's by the end of the games, but it was also partly cloudy

ATTENDANCE: 13 (including Hak-Ju Lee's family visiting from South Korea)

Comments

AZ Phil......We really appreciate your reports.....i've heard that the quality of the umpires for these games is pretty bad. Are these umpires real young and just starting out there umpiring careers? Are our coaches coping well with these guys trying to learn the strike zone?

Argh, disappointing start for Hernandez after all those good relief appearances. How serious is Jae-Hoon Ha's injury? Thanks!

Also, Francisco Guzman was promoted to Peoria.

Submitted by falcon on Wed, 05/27/2009 - 5:03pm.
AZ Phil......We really appreciate your reports.....i've heard that the quality of the umpires for these games is pretty bad. Are these umpires real young and just starting out there umpiring careers? Are our coaches coping well with these guys trying to learn the strike zone?

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FALCON: The umpiring is VERY inconsistent and some of them are quite young. (Remember "Happy Days"? Richie, Potsie, Ralph, et al?... well, a lot of them are like that). A few of them have rabbit ears, too. Last week, two Giants coaches got thrown out just for asking where a pitch was. (They were thrown out on separate pitches by the same umpire).

People should keep in mind that there's no umpiring in baseball (well maybe T-Ball) that is easier than ML umpiring. You've got the biggest crews, you've got the same players typically from year to year, and you've got guys who are generally around the strike zone. In these low minor games, or HS or College games you have kids thowing fastballs over people's heads one pitch, then nailing the outside corner the next. It's hard to focus when you're jerking your head around constantly and half afraid the next passed ball is going to be off your facemask. And you don't get paid anything.

If you think Bobby Scales story is great - follow the story of your average ML umpire.

Submitted by Raisin101 on Wed, 05/27/2009 - 5:28pm.
Argh, disappointing start for Hernandez after all those good relief appearances. How serious is Jae-Hoon Ha's injury? Thanks!

Also, Francisco Guzman was promoted to Peoria.

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RAISIN: Well I guess that explains why Guzman wasn't there.

As for Ha, I don't know what's wrong with him. He's not wearing a cast or anything like that, and he's not limping. I did try to talk to him, but he just gives me this blank stare. Of course it doesn't help that I don't speak Korean.

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  • 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 6 min 55 sec 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 12 min 21 sec 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 30 min 41 sec 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 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 hour 24 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 1 hour 26 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 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 1 hour 51 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 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 3 hours 4 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 3 hours 9 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 4 hours 19 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 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • Phil, when will the Cubs start moving international players from EST to the Dominican for the start of the DSL season?

    diamondjaxx 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.

    K Dub 8 hours 47 min ago view