Caridad Rehab Moves Up to Iowa from Extended Spring Training
LHP Marcos Perez threw four shutout innings and DH Jae-Hoon Ha homered and doubled, but the EXST Angels scored two in the 5th, three in the 7th, and two more in the 8th, to defeat the EXST Cubs 7-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.
With four more shutout innings today, Perez has now thrown 14-1/3 innings of shutout ball in six Extended Spring Training outings (2 GS), allowing just five hits and one walk in those 14.1 IP, while striking out 15. He also has a 17/10 GO/FO ratio, has averaged just 11.5 Pitches-Per-Inning, and has thrown 73% of his pitches strikes. I would say the Cubs pitching prospect Perez most-closely resembles is Peoria LHSP Jeffry Antigua, except Perez has better control.
19-year old Jae-Hoon Ha was a DH today, and he appears to finally be healthy after playing most of last season with a sore wrist. The power that he displayed at Minor League Camp in 2009 is slowly returning (he homered over the LF fence onto 8th Street today), and he’s finally able to turn on the ball and drive it. The only negative with Ha is that his catching has not progressed as well as was hoped, and I’m not sure he will remain behind the plate. While you do see some infielders or outfielders take to the position (most-notably Steve Clevenger and Robinson Chirinos), others (like Matt Cerda and Brandon May) just don’t seem to adapt very well. In the case of Ha, he was a catcher in high school in South Korea, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him operate behind the plate. He needs a LOT of work. (20% CS and 6 PB in six games at catcher so far at EXST). It’s no wonder the Cubs moved him to RF after they signed him (although they moved him back to catcher in the AZ Instructional League last September).
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Esmailin Caridad (on the Cubs 15-day DL since April 12th with a strained right forearm) has completed the Fitch Park portion of his injury rehab and will be joining the Iowa Cubs in New Orleans tonight, where he will be continuing his minor league rehab assignment. Caridad was at Extended Spring Training for a couple of weeks, but only appeared in one game (this past Saturday at Indian School Park in Scottsdale versus the EXST Giants, where he threw 19 pitches in 1.1 IP, allowing no hits or runs, while walking two and striking out one). He had good zip on his fastball, but his control was a bit off.
Here is today’s abridged box score (EXST Cubs players only):
1. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-4 (1B, 2-3, 6-3, 4-3)
2. Runey Davis, CF: 1-4 (6-4-3 GIDP, F-8, L-6, 1B)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-3 (1B, 2B, BB, K)
4. Brandon May, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, BB, 6-3)
5. Charles Thomas, 3B: 0-3 (C-INT, K, P-4, K)
6. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 1-4 (K, F-7, 2B, K, R)
7. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH #2: 2-3 (K, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
8a. Carlos Romero, C: 0-3 (F-7, K, 4-3, RBI)
8b. Luis Flores, C: ---
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 1-3 (P-5, K, 1B, RBI, CS)
10a. Cody Shields, LF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
10b. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (K)
1. Marcos Perez – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/FO, 52 pitches (36 strikes)
3. Gian Guzman – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Carlos Rojas - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
2B Wes Darvill E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
SS Arismendy Alcantara E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
Luis Flores: 0-1 CS, 1 PO (runner at 3rd base)
CF Runey Davis threw out runner 8-6 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single
Runey Davis was thrown out 8-6 trying to stretch a single into a double with one out and the bases empty in the 7th
WEATHER: Sunny, breezy and cloudless, with temperatures in the 70’s
LaTroy is going to LaTroy
I am remarkably calm about today's game. Not that I am expecting to win, but that I have no expectations at all either way.
If the Cubs game goes to 14 innings, I will no longer be calm.
TEX/TOR in the 14th inning, btw...fun stuff.
Yay! KB at 3B!
Molina in the Cards lineup.
Fowler (CF), Schwarber (RF!), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Coughlan (LF), Russell (SS), Ross (C), Lester (P)
If the baseball gods would guarantee that result, I'd take it :-).
I wonder if it is about numbers specifically against the Mets. But, it could also be because Kershaw can go 9 innings everytime, while Grienke very rarely makes it through the game. They don't want to expose their weak bullpen.
I have trouble getting past the extraordinary 1.66 ERA, but I don't know what the heck will happen with the Cy Young vote this year.
So Kershaw is opening the series for the Dodgers. How, then, does Greinke get the Cy Young? Not even the best pitcher on his team!
You have angered the baseball gods. Now Lester will lose and Hendricks will win.
Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.
Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.
Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December
So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.
He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".
I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.
I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?
Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*