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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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.