Cubs Use SF to defeat SF
Jae-Hoon Ha hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th to break a 1-1 tie and the Cubs scored two more times in the 9th, en route to a 4-1 victory overv the Giants in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.
RHP Thomas Diamond got the start for the Cubs and allowed just one run. He was in trouble in all three innings, however, squirming out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in his last inning of work by getting a pop-up and a FC grounder to end the inning.
RHP Rafael Dolis followed Diamond to the hill and also escaped potential damage, by getting two weak ground outs with runners on 2nd & 3rd and one out in the 4th.
And RHP Eduardo Figueroa worked out of trouble in the 7th, striking out the side with a runner at 3rd base.
The Cubs scored four runs, but didn't break any windows doing it. Down 1-0 in the 5th, the Cubs tied it up when Sergio Burruel hit into a 4-6-3 DP after the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs on a Richard Jones single, a Runey Davis double, and a HBP.
The Cubs took the lead in the 7th, when Davis drew a lead-off walk, stole second, advanced to 3rd on a ground out, and scored on the Ha sac fly.
The Cubs completed their scoring in the 9th, plating two runs. Jovan Rosa broke out of his Instructs slump, slamming a lead-off pinch-hit double to the right-centerfield fence. and then pinch-runner Logan Watkins advanced to third on a fly out. Watkins scored on a Brett Jackson FC grounder (Watkins beat the throw home), and after Jackson swiped second and Ha walked, Jackson scored on a error by the Giants first-baseman, who threw a potential inning-ending DP ball into LF.
The Cubs managed only six hits today, but they benefiited from improved patience at the plate, drawing eight walks, plus one HBP (Blair Springfield, who left the game after being hit on the arm by a pitch in the top of the 5th).
Also, 3B Pin-Chieh Chen and SS Hak-Ju Lee escaped serious injury when the two infielders collided while going after a ground ball between 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 3rd inning. At first it appeared that Lee sustained a right thumb injury, but he remained in the lineup and finished the game.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-5 (1-3, F-9, 4-6-3 DP, K, 5-3)
2. Matt Cerda, 2B-3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, BB)
3. Brandon Guyer, CF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9, BB, BB), PO
4. Justin Bour, DH-1B: 1-4 (3-U, K, 1B, K)
5a. Richard Jones, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC), R
5b. Jovan Rosa, PH: 1-1 (2B)
5c. Logan Watkins, PR: 0-0, R
6. Runey Davis, DH #2: 1-3 (F-7, 2B, BB, F-8), R, SB
7a. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-1 (E-4, HBP)
7b. Brett Jackson, LF: 0-2 (3-U, FC), R, RBI, SB
8a. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-2 (4-3, 4-6-3 DP)
8b. Jae-Hoon Ha, C: 0-0 (F-7 SF, BB), RBI
9a. Pin-Chieh Chen, 3B: 0-2 (L-8, P-6)
9b. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-1, (BB, FC+E3), SB
10. Kyung-Min Na, RF: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-5, 3-1)
1. Thomas Diamond - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 53 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Rafael Dolis - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Eduardo Figueroa - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 BALK, 1/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Hector Mayora - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Steve Grife - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB,1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
Sergio Burruel - 0-1 CS
BASERUNNING: Kyung-Min Na was thrown out 7-4 trying to stretch a single into a double wth one out in the top of the 3rd inning.
WEATHER: 80 & sunny
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.
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...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
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.
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.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
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.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
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.