Sanchez Continues Rehab as Giants Sweep Cubs at Fitch Park

The EXST Cubs dropped both games in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader at Fitch Park this morning, as one EXST Giants squad won 6-0 on Field #2, while the other squad won 8-4 on Field #3. Both games were pre-scheduled six-inning affairs, and the games were played simultaneously.

Freddy Sanchez (knee & shoulder surgeries) continued his rehab assignment with the EXST Giants, playing 2B and batting four times in the game on Field #2. Facing RHP Jesse Ginley, Sanchez lined into a 6-4 DP (near triple play) with runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs in the top of the 1st, ripped a single with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the 3rd against RHP Jadel Mendez and then scored one batter later on an RBI triple (and Sanchez appeared to be a bit gimpy as he rounded 3rd headed for home), and flied out to CF in the 5th and lined out to LF in the 6th against RHP Alvido Jimenez.

Jae-Hoon Ha continued his hot hitting on Field #3 (he’s now hitting 320/333/480), reaching base three times on two singles and a walk, but he had a bad game behind the plate, committing two costly throwing errors on consecutive plays.

With RHP Frank Batista on the mound, Ha threw a one-bouncer off-line to the 1st baseman on a dropped third strike leading off the 4th that allowed the batter to reach base safely (I can’t remember seeing one of those too often lately), and then on the very next pitch, Ha fielded what should have been a 2-3 sacrifice bunt in front of home plate, before proceeding to air-mail his throw over the 1st baseman’s head and into RF for a two-base error. (Both runners ended up scoring unearned runs). Ha also made wild throws (some bounced, some sailed) to 2nd base before the start of each inning (after the pitcher completed his warm-up pitches).

When you add Ha’s throwing issues to his previously-known receiving problems (six PB in seven EXST games behind the plate), it might equal a move back to the outfield. Ha was a catcher in HS in South Korea, but the Cubs moved him to RF after they signed him in 2008, and then he was moved back to catcher in the AZ Instructional League last September. And while he would certainly be a more-valuable prospect as a catcher than he would be as a RF, his defense behind the plate is just not improving. He tries hard, but I suspect the Cubs might just be considering a permanent move back to the OF for the 19-year old South Korean.

Here are today’s abridged box scores (EXST Cubs players only):


1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, 4-3, SB)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-1 (HBP, BB, K, SB)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 1B)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 0-3 (5-3, L-8, K)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (E-6, F-7, L-4)
7. Blair Springfield, LF: 1-2 (6-4-3 GIDP, 1B)
8. Jose Guevara, 1B: 0-2 (K, 1-U)
9. Rafael Disla, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-9)

1. Jesse Ginley – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 2/4 GO/FO, 34 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Jadel Mendez – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/FO, 20 pitches (16 strikes)


Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS, 1 PB (led to unearned run scoring)


1. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (F-9, F-9, 4-3, L-8)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, C: 2-3 (1B, K, BB, 1B, R, CS)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 2B, F-9, 2 R)
4. Brandon May, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, BB, K, K)
5. Bobby Wagner, 3B: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, BB, K, 2 RBI)
6a. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 1-2 (2B, K)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 4-1, K)
8. Cody Shields, CF: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI)

1. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Frank Batista – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 42 pitches (31 strikes)

P Eduardo Figueroa E-1 (throwing error on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base – eventually scored unearned run)
3B Bobby Wagner E-5 (missed catch on infield pop-up allowed batter to reach base – eventually scored unearned run)
C Jae-Hoon Ha E-2 (errant throw to 1st base after dropped third strike allowed batter reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
C Jae-Hoon Ha E-2 (two-base throwing error over 1st baseman’s head on sacrifice bunt allowed batter to reach 2nd and runner at 1st base to advance to 3rd – eventually scored unearned run)

Jae-Hoon Ha: 2 E (see above)


WEATHER: Sunny and cloudless with temperatures in the 80’s


Maybe this lazy guy can come be teammates with our lazy guys.

Len Kasper quoting fangraphs from the TV broadcast in the bottom 1st inning, something about Ted Lilly's velocity...couldn't find a specific article though.

fastball velocity down to 85 this yr vs 87 last yr and slider velocity down some too...BB says it's by design from Lilly and he's not about velocity but location and changing speeds.

Cubs can add Pirates to list of bad teams they've lost a series to this year.

There's no shame in getting shut down by Charlie Morton.


Actually last year, according to the talking heads he shut us out, so it's an improvement.

That's what mediocre teams do.

The Cubs season summed up in a youtube video:

You're right. The Cubs are totally the fire truck.

Milton Bradley says he needs "help", out indefinitely.


I hope he gets the help he needs.

Milton Bradley:15 day DL(Emotionally Retarded).


lol, seriously, though... I'm just gonna say it... Clinical depression. It can be debilitating.

from the surface he acts bipolar as hell. i dunno shit about what's going on with the guy.

he definitely cries (literally) a lot for a guy who's been around the game long enough to know that when you're on your 3rd-4th crying spell you've probably done 3-4 too many.

texted Gammons and says any stories of him packing up and going home are false...

showed up to a community event earlier today with some other teammates

probably out until the weekend

He's going through some things in his life right now that are very personal and emotional.

team seems to be saying all the right things and will help him and welcome him back...

I don't consider it a successful day unless I go through some things that are very personal and emotional.

trade ideas?

Mariners want a power hitter, unfortunately all of ours have NTC's.

teams that could use Gorzelanny...

Dodgers, Tigers, Nationals, DBacks among others.

Lee, colvin and gorzy for adrian gonzalez

Brad Snyder for Matt Tuiasosopo, a reasonably patient 3B with some pop who's blocked by Figgins.

I don't know, this team is mysterious. It's like they are just slightly deficient in every aspect. Some days, when the offense clicks they destroy the opponent.

The biggest needs, in order:

1. A big league shortstop...still. I'm tired of hearing that Theriot is "good enough". No he isn't. I would try to get Jack Wilson (Seattle probably wouldn't trade him) or Omar Infante (Braves probably wouldn't trade him). There's always Castro. I mean at this point, why not? Player development? Don't make me laugh.

2. Bullpen. Maybe the April bullpen would have looked different with a healthy Caridad and Guzman. Who knows, but I would add a boring veteran reliever. Some guy like Weathers (is he even still pitching) or some other guy that is sure to induce eye rolling.

3. Aramis Ramirez. WTF happened, dude?

I mean to work a 3-1 count last night with the bases loaded only to watch a meatball of a fastball right down the middle of the plate. That was mind-blowing. Then to settle for a sac fly on what would have been ball 4...

Yeah it was not a very good at bat, at least he got somethign out of it.

Then we have Soriano who had a good approach at the plate for a week and instantly determined that means that he can hit whatever he swings at and went back to sucking again.

And by "Gorzelanny" do you mean "Lilly"?

Norm's, a Fremont bar, has never been one to cry in its customers' beers. To the contrary, in years' past, it has offered domestic bottle discounts corresponding to the horrible batting averages of notorious big-bucks washout Richie Sexson and underachieving third baseman Adrian Beltre (who's back on his game this year in Boston).

Now, with Bradley currently hitting .214, a bottle of Bud currently goes for $2.14 at Norm's on Mondays (or whatever his batting average is by this coming Monday). But Norm's has added an extra wrinkle to this year's "crappy Mariner" promotion that stands to fatten bellies --and wallets--even further.

If Bradley spazzes out--storming out of the dugout, bumping an ump, flipping off rival fans, accusing an entire city of hating African-Americans (as he did in Chicago)--in the week leading up to a given Monday, Norm's patty melts, aka the "Milton Meltdown," will be discounted to $5 per sandwich, along with the cheapo brews.

That's awesome. At least they know what kind of freak they have on their hands in the clubhouse.

John Kruk said it best on BBTN, when is it his fault and not someone else's? And maybe this is the first time in his life he might be accepting blame for it.

No one should ever trust Milton at face value or take his word on anything. He has made a career out of apologizing and saying he has changed only to act like the same shit head he always has been.

Go back and read his comments when the Cubs signed him. I think i will put money on the fact he is bullshitting to cover his ass about walking out on the team. Even ESPN mentions you can't really trust Milton's comments....

If Bradley truly is contrite and is serious about seeking help, it will be a welcome change. The key is whether he is sincere. If so, perhaps he can come back and help the Mariners, or much more importantly, help himself. The shame will be if he is not and this week winds up as just another drop in the water torture that has been his career.

when is it his fault and not someone else's?

Exactly. Maybe, just maybe he's finally come to that point. When he stormed off, he said "I'm not helping the team, I'm packing my stuff" or something to that effect. Clearly, he's going to have to deliver before I believe Milton Bradley, but just maybe it's reached that point.

Interesting comments, but what do they have to do with trading Ted Lilly?

"He has made a career out of apologizing and saying he has changed only to act like the same shit head he always has been."


yeah, I'd be thrilled to move Lilly's 85 mph fastball but I think he has a NTC and I assume other teams have scouts

He has "no-trade protection", which I assume to mean a list of teams he can't be traded to.

At this point, Gorzellany's a pretty valuable asset. With Lilly gone and Silva due to turn into a pumpkin - unless you're sure that Cashner and Jackson will be ready next year, we'd have to replace Gorz on the free agent market during the off-season were we to trade him.

I'm not all that worried about Lilly, yet. Even with what he showed last night he can probably luck into two good starts in a row to get someone to take him off our hands. If he's averaging 85, then he's probably throwing some pitches harder.

I saw a few 87 mph's last night and he certainly knows how to pitch as they say. But if you square up a fastball, it goes a long way.

No big deal, just trying to figure out the trade options and what the Cubs can get. Besides the bullpen, I assume their biggest needs are to try and find some younger power hitters (good luck).

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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).