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):
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)
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)
Sergio Burruel: 1 PO
WEATHER: Sunny, breezy, and hot, with temperatures in the 90’s
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.