Morelli Hit Streak at 17 as Cubs Drop Giants

Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to 17 games with two doubles, Arismendy Alcantara tripled, singled, and scored a run, Xavier Batista doubled, tripled, and scored a run, and Vismeldy Bieneme reached base three times, scored one run, and drove-in another, as the EXST Cubs defeated the EXST Giants 4-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Indian School Park Field #4 in Scottsdale this morning.


Morelli has hit 437/485/621 over the course of his 17-game hit streak that goes back to May 5th, and with two more hits today, Morelli is hitting 384/452/603 with a team-leading 12 doubles in 23 EXST games since being sent down from Peoria on April 23rd. He has hit safely in 22 out of the 23 games he has played at Extended Spring Training, and he has reached base safely in all 23 games (he walked in the one game he went hitless). 



AA Tennessee LHP Casey Lambert (September 2009 TJS) continued his rehab, throwing one shutout inning (16 pitches) in today’s game.


Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):


LINEUP:
1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH #1: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI)
1b. Rafael Disla, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 2-4 (3B, 1B, 1-3, 4-3, R, PO)
3. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3, 1-3, K, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 3B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, L-8, BB)
5. Xavier Batista, DH #2: 2-4 (K, 2B, 3B, 5-4 FC, R)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-4 (2B, 2B, 4-3, P-6, RBI)
7. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 0-4 (F-8 DP, P-5, 3-1, F-8)
8. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 2-4 (K, 1B, P-6, 1B, R)
9a. Carlos Romero, C: 0-1 (K, 1-3 SH)
9b. Sergio Burruel, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
10. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, BB, K, RBI, R)


PITCHERS:
1. Casey Lambert – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
2. John Mincone – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/FO, 56 pitches (38 strikes)
3. Luis Liria – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Hector Mayora - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 35 pitches (24 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1 PO


ATTENDANCE: 5


WEATHER: Sunny, breezy, and hot, with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

Phil,
Less than a week until the draft. Do you have any interesting tidbits?

Submitted by Hagsag on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 3:18pm.
Phil,
Less than a week until the draft. Do you have any interesting tidbits?

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HAGSAG: Only because it seems obvious to me, but I expect the Cubs to select a catcher in the first two rounds, and if he falls to #65 in the 2nd round, Kellin Deglan (Wes Darvill's teammate on the Canadian Junior National Team) might be the one. Otherwise, it might be LSU catcher Micah Gibbs. Or Justin O'Conner could be their 1st round pick if none of the pitchers they like make it through to #16, mainly because O'Conner could get moved to the mound if he doesn't hit enough to remain behind the plate.

Xavier Batista had a pretty good year in the Dominican summer league last year and is young and has some size and power. What do you think of him?

Submitted by chuck on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 3:19pm.
Xavier Batista had a pretty good year in the Dominican summer league last year and is young and has some size and power. What do you think of him?

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CHUCK: He is a RH hitting version of Nelson Perez. He has plus-power, he runs well for a big guy, he has a plus-arm that's a bit scatter-gun, and he strikes out a LOT. (He has 40 K in 93 PA so far at EXST).

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  • unique curiosity is a good description...

    he has a lot of 4-5 out innings. this is at least the 2nd time he's turned a double play ball into 0 outs just this year that i've noticed and he's got a slew of "4-out" innings under his belt, too.

    and 1.83 ERA

    Cubs should trade him, get a worse pitcher that loses games instead but can make a throw to 1b.

  • Agreed, but like with Garza, I am surprised that more managers don't try an exploit a clear weakness.

  • not sure either, but in most cases I imagine someone else can field it. And if you bunt it directly at him, he would have enough time to underhand toss it or just run it over?

    Today's bunt, he really, really didn't want to field it. Not sure if he lost it in his glove after that or just wasn't going to make the throw. It's not ideal obviously, yet still hasn't had any real impact on the team.

  • well, how long do keep pretending that a bunt hit well back to the pitcher that would be a double play for many pitchers isn't a "thing"? it's a story. it's not like it's a physical defect people are picking on.

    no one gave chuck knoblauch a pass when he lost the ability to throw a ball to 1st.

    it's a unique curiosity for a guy who throws a ball on a professional level for a living.

  • CB Bucknor behind the plate...he is and will continue to always be awful.

  • Not sure why teams don't bunt more often against him.

  • To be fair he also had a strike 3 called a ball.

  • Tomorrow's Sun-Times Headline after Lester's 1 ER, 10 K effort. "150M Lester Fails to Field Sac Bunt."

  • LESTER ESCAPES! no runs after bases loaded, 0 out!

    30 pitch inning.

  • Yeah, I saw that. Gotta love being a pitcher and getting that "several inches off the inside corner" called as a strike.

  • he just got a gift on that 2nd K...sides have shifted in a patented lester 4-5 out inning.

    ...and holy crap, that 2nd strike call on markasis. wow. that was gift wrapped.

  • Whew. Lester v Braves + Umpires. Umpires are threatening this inning...

  • ruh roh, 24-hour Lester YIPS narratives coming at you after that failed attempt to field a bunt. Time to log off.

  • holy shit lester...just that. wow.

    double play ball turns into a single out play which turns into 0 outs...and lester is left holding the ball while the bases go loaded with 0 outs.

  • plenty of time to get back, didn't pick up the ball or maybe he thought it might drop, but it was a pretty lazy pop fly.

  • Sounded like a failed hit-and-run, though?