Giants Take Two from Cubs in Scottsdale
The EXST Giants swept the EXST Cubs in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played at Indian School Park in Scottsdale this morning, winning 6-2 on Field #1 and 3-2 on Field #2. The game on Field #1 was terminated after seven innings of play, and the game on Field #2 was stopped after the Cubs took their turn (and failed to score) in the top of the 8th. And as usual, the games were played simultaneously.
There wasn’t much offense from the Cubs on either field today, although Xavier Batista did hit a solo home run (his 2nd EXST HR), and Cody Shields, Vismeldy Bieneme, and Jesus Morelli smacked RBI doubles. Chris Huseby once again was a DH, and he struck out twice (first time swinging, second time looking)
The pitching was generally OK (co-closer Danny Keefe fanned four to increase his team-leading strikeout total to 24 in 16.1 IP), the one exception being 6’6 19-year old Taiwanese RHP Tzu-An Wang, who was touched for six runs on five hits (two singles, two doubles, and a triple), two walks, two HBP, and a WP, in 1+ innings on Field #1. The second HBP was a head-shot off the batting helmet of Giants slugger Michael Sandoval that knocked Sandoval out of the game (and it was the last pitch Wang would throw today, too).
Shortstop Wes Darvill made two costly fielding errors (both bobbles) in the bottom of the 5th inning on Field #2, leading to two unearned runs scoring that turned a 2-1 Cub lead into a 3-2 Cub deficit (and eventual loss). Darvill has now committed a team-leading ten errors in 20 games played in the field (six games at 2B, and 14 at SS).
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH-CF: 0-2 (K, 5-3, BB)
2. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, L-4 DP)
3. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (F-9, K, 4-3)
4. Xavier Batista, 1B: 1-3 (F-7, HR, 5-3, R, RBI)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, RF: 0-3 (1-3, K+WP, F-9, R, SB)
6. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K)
7. Cody Shields, LF: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, RBI)
8. Jose Guevara, C: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
9. Kyung-Min Na, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
10. Chris Huseby, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
1. Tzu-An Wang – 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Alvido Jimenez – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/3 GO/FO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Danny Keefe - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (11 strikes)
Jose Guevara: 0-2 CS
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-4 (5-3, K, 2B, 6-3, R, RBI)
2. George Matheus, 3B: 1-2 (1B, BB, 1-4 SH, F-8)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-4 (E-9, K, 2B, 6-3, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 1B: 0-4 (4-6 FC, 6-4 FC, 1-3, 1-3)
5. Bobby Wagner, DH: 1-2 (BB, BB, 4-3 1B)
6. Runey Davis, CF: 0-4 (6-4 FC, F-8, 1-3, 5-4-3 GIDP)
7. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
8. Carlos Romero, C: 1-3 (4-3, 5-3, 1B)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-2 (P-6, BB, 6-4 FC, R)
1. Alvaro Sosa – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 6 pitches (6 strikes)
2. Austin Kirk – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 2/5 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Carlos Rojas – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Andres Quezada - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jesse Ginley – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
1. 3B George Matheus E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely – did not score)
2. SS Wes Darvill E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
3. SS Wes Darvill E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
4. P Andres Quezada E-1 (errant throw on pickoff attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base
Carlos Romero: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
Tony Four Sacks # 27
Hammel has k'd Votto twice. /baseball
Sore Ribs doesn't worry me too much. Getting a "precautionary MRI" has me assuming he is going to be out at least a few days, possibly more.