Morelli Hit Streak at 18, But A's Edge Cubs

Cody Shields had three hits, an RBI, and an outfield assist, Wes Darvill reached base three times on two singles and a walk, and Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to 18 games, but Eduardo Figueroa and Jose Rosario were tagged to the tune of seven runs on ten hits (including two doubles and a HR) and four walks in five combined innings, as the EXST A’s edged the EXST Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Papago Park Field #2 in Phoenix this morning. The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning affair, to allow more pitchers to get work.


RHP Chris Huseby started the game for the Cubs and threw one inning (24 pitches – 12 strikes). He walked the first man he faced on four pitches, and the next batter on six pitches, and then the third hitter grounded a single to RF on a 2-0 pitch to load the bases. But then just like he did two days ago, Huseby somehow wiggled out of the jam, striking out the next two hitters on eight pitches, before getting the final out on a broken bat pop up to short on an 0-2 pitch, leaving the bases loaded.


Huseby still has trouble throwing his fastball for strikes (most all of them end up high & outside), but he is able to get his curve ball over the plate virtually at will, and so when he can get ahead of a hitter with his breaking ball, he can use his ultra-wild head-high fastball as a strikeout pitch (or at least that’s how he’s been doing it the last two times out).


The Cubs continue to have a problem with runners making the first or third out of an inning (especially the third out) at 3rd base. Today speedster Cody Shields ripped a two-out line-drive into the LF corner, but was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple, getting nailed at 3rd base just a split second after the slower Richard Jones scored. In previous games, the Cubs have actually had runs disallowed because a faster runner made a third out at 3rd base before the runner ahead had a chance to cross the plate.


While I realize that the Cubs have a lot of fast players at Extended Spring Training who like to be aggressive running the bases, there’s aggressive, and then there is stupid. This habit must be broken.


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


LINEUP:
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-4 (5-3, F-8, F-8, 1B, BB, R)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-5 (1B, E-4, K, E-4, 4-U FC, 2 R, CS)
3. Jesus Morelli, DH #1: 1-5 (F-8, 4-3, 5-3, 6-3, 1B, RBI, R)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-4 (K, K, L-5, F-9 SF, 2B, 2 RBI)
5. Richard Jones, 1B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1-3, 1B, F-9 SF, RBI, R)
6a. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-2 (1B, F-7)
6b. Jose Guevara, C: 0-2 (K, L-8)
7. Cody Shields, LF: 3-4 (1B, 2B, K, 1B, RBI)
8. George Matheus, 3B: 1-4 (K, K, E-6, 1B)
9. Blair Springfield, DH #2: 0-3 (K, HBP, K, 6-4-3 GIDP)
10. Wes Darvill, SS: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, F-7, R)


PITCHERS:
1. Chris Huseby – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (12 strikes)
2. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/5 GO/FO, 68 pitches (38 strikes)
3. Jose Rosario – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/3 GO/FO, 37 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Drew Rundle - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Corey Martin - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 15 strikes (9 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Sergio Burruel: 0-2 CS
2. Jose Guevara: 1-2 CS


OUTFIELD ASSIST:
Cody Shields threw out runner 7-5 trying advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to LF


ATTENDANCE: 7


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

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Az Phil , can you explain the significants of the July 2 International signing day? I see the Cubs have signed about 26 new players for the two DSL teams. Is there a differant group of players eligible at that time? Thanks.

Submitted by Hagsag on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 4:45pm.
Az Phil , can you explain the significants of the July 2 International signing day? I see the Cubs have signed about 26 new players for the two DSL teams. Is there a differant group of players eligible at that time? Thanks.

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HAGSAG: The International Signing Period that begins on July 2 ONLY applies to International players (essentially Latin players from countries where compulsory education ends at age 16) who turn 16 during the period extending from the end of the previous International Signing Period up through August 31st.

Players who turn 16 during the period extending from the end of the previous International Signing Period (August 31st) and July 2nd can sign beginning on July 2nd, and players who turn 16 after July 2nd can be signed starting on their birthday. All other International players can be signed at any time.

Also, a player who turned 16 after the end of the previous International Signing Period can be signed prior to July 2nd IF the player turns 17 prior to the completion of his first minor league season. In other words, an MLB club can sign a 16-year old if the player is placed on the Reserve List of a minor league club whose regular season ends after the player turns 17, even if that date is after August 31st.

Note that on the DSL Cubs #1 roster there is a player named Gabriel Jimenez, whose listed birthday is 9-26-93, which means he turned 16 AFTER the end of the last International Signing Period, and won't turn 17 until after all of the Cubs minor league teams have completed their 2010 regular season schedules, such that he can't be signed until July 2, 2010. The ONLY way the Cubs could have signed such a player prior to the start of the 2010 International Signing Period (July 2nd) is if Jimenez was signed to a Major League contract and was placed on the Cubs 40-man roster (which we know did not happen). Which means either the DOB listed for Jimenez is incorrect, or the rule was changed without any public announcement being made.

As to why the Cubs signed so many Latin players over the past three months, the Cubs Dominican Academy at Boca Chica operates tryouts and Spring Training during that time (March through May), so that's when new players are most-likely to be signed (and when older Latin players are most-likely to get released).

AZ Phil,

I just read in a Baseball America Update about a Dom. Rep. signing that Dominicans don't have to wait for MLB approval to start playing for any DSL team. If that's true, Jimenez would be able to play for us in the DR, but nowhere else for us.

BTW: I hate to say it, but the Cubs need to breakup the roster if any clubs are willing to give back money and prospects. People might say it's too early, but our North-Siders are playing with no enthusiam at all.

Rami and DLee are near their end, Lilly was throwing 78 MPH Fastballs last night (and I did not mistake those pitches for changeups), Grabow strained his "Lou", Samardzija is a rich I-Cub, Fukudome is beginning his normal summer snide, Theriot's pissed he lost his Arb case, Big Z is Big Z and Soto was possiby another Cub Rookie flash in the pan (Jerome Walton).

Ricketts has to be thinking dump salary. These guys just aren't good to watch. No Life!!!

All of this is a result of the sale of the team. We drove up the payroll in an attempt to raise interest and playoff possibilities. Now that that is all over, I think we'll see the Cubs tail-off a little. These guys had their run, and honestly we fans have been spoiled here of late. We have had five winning seasons in seven years.

It sounds as though Ricketts is serious is about producing talent from within. That would be a drastic change from past years. We already had a game this year where we started four position players from our system and had three pitches play as well. I know I haven't seen that before. The perennially solid teams (NYY, STL, BOS, LAD, LAA, MIN) always have talent playing that have always worn the same cap.

Anyway, go Cubs.

Submitted by Childersb3 on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 6:29pm.
AZ Phil,

I just read in a Baseball America Update about a Dom. Rep. signing that Dominicans don't have to wait for MLB approval to start playing for any DSL team. If that's true, Jimenez would be able to play for us in the DR, but nowhere else for us.

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CHILDERS: But if Gabriel Jimenez's birthday really is indeed 9-26-93, the Cubs wouldn't be able to sign him until July 2, 2010, because he turns 17 AFTER all of the Cubs minor league teams have completed their 2010 regular season schedule. The only team in the organization still playing regular season games on September 26 is the Chicago Cubs, and Jimenez was not signed to a Major League Contract and he was not added to the Cubs 40-man roster.

Baker starts over Colvin! Kick-ass!

Phil --

Are you hearing anything new about Arizona's efforts to keep the Cubs in Mesa/Arizona?

Submitted by Sweet Lou on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 5:46pm.
Phil --

Are you hearing anything new about Arizona's efforts to keep the Cubs in Mesa/Arizona?

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SWEET LOU: Only that the Mesa mayor is talking to the other Maricopa County mayors with Spring Training clubs to try to find a way to get funding that by-passes the state legislature, which is dead in the water right now.

Probably the only way the Cubs stay in Arizona (Mesa) is if the Cubs don't use the July 12th opt-out date to make a new deal with Naples. Mesa is going to need more time, and the Cubs might be smart to push this whole thing down the road, even if it means going year-to-year with Mesa beyond 2011.

But if the Cubs decide in July that they want to go to Naples, they should be able to do so. Mesa is not presently in a position to do anything about it.

ken griffey jr. calls it a career...c ya in cooperstown.

all the baseball writers on twitter seem to want to make it clear that Griffey was the clean slugger during the PED era...

~shrug~

Given his injury history and dropoff as he aged, that seems reasonable to me.

thank you Dr. PED

He never looked bulked up - he was always sort of fat, so he didn't use PED's, just like Rafael Palmeiro.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocubs/post/_/id...

"We were looking for two outs [from Lilly] then I was going to get [Carlos] Marmol in," Piniella said of Lilly, who had retired Walker in three previous at-bats on Tuesday. "I don't want to get in the habit of throwing Marmol 35 or 40 pitches to save a baseball game. I just don't."

~snip~

"I never dreamed home run," Piniella said. "Never gave it a thought."

with a perfect game through 7

#notajoke

make it 8

nice over the shoulder basket catch by Austin Jackson for the first out

6-3 for the 2nd out...

Jason Donald up

safe at first on grounder to 1b, blown call by ump

WOW!

~edit~ why Cabrera fielded that ball rather than the 2bmen I don't know, but totally blew the call.

this is gonna haunt jim joyce...he's one of the good ones.

he'll apologize, probably.

players and Leyland all over Joyce after the game, ugly scene.

and he's just taking it.

he could have tossed cabrerra for the hell he was giving him while the game was still going on, but he didn't.

he's got a long week+ ahead of him...and a very long day tomorrow.

mlb.tv cuts to Detroit interview with Galarraga.

Reporter: I've seen the replays and the call was blown.

(CUTS to MLB.TV "thank you for watching graphic")

bwahaahhahaah!!!

UNBELIEVABLE, the ump; blew the call

Perfect game robbed by a blind umpire.

This is a travesty. The league needs to fire that ump.

Edit comment is your friend.

screen grab of call

http://twitpic.com/1tevvg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA6v_RU4i48

video...until it's "found"

I'm sure I'm the minority here, but I actually root against no-hitters unless it's a Cub pitching or some other pitcher I really like.

The less there are in the game, the more special they are when do happen.

apparently Joyce feels the same way...as did Froemming when he made that call against Pappas back in the day.

Wasn't it generally agreed that Froemming's call was correct?

You would think you would want to be damned sure to blow that up on the last out.

Wasn't it generally agreed that Froemming's call was correct?

not that I ever heard of, but not something I investigated either.

I think Pappas said on a WGN interview "even if it was close you should have given me the strike so that you would have called a perfect game." paraphrasing.

ah google...

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3019597

pappas thinks they were closer than any of Larsen's pitches, Hundley thinks the 3-2 pitch was a tad low but a couple before "excellent", the hitter thought they were good calls (and from something else I read he apparently told Pappas that he wasn't going to swing after going down 2 strikes) and of course Froemming thinks they were balls.

http://awfulofficiating.blogspot.com/2007/04/...

Replays were inconclusive...

Thanks. Difinetly a different situation than the Galaraga game where everyone was in agreement that the calll was blown.

around 8:35pm CST

want to move that to PST?

yeesh...epic rain. bleh.

joyce quotes are starting to roll in...

“I just cost that kid a perfect game,” Joyce said. “I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay.”

“It was the biggest call of my career,” said Joyce, who became a full-time major league umpire in 1989.

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“I don’t blame them a bit or anything that was said,” Joyce said. “I would’ve said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would’ve been the first person in my face, and he never said a word to me.”

game postponed...

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

The storm, which included a brief tornado warning and excessive lightning for nearly two hours, had stopped by the time the game was called. However, there was so much water gathered on the warning track that both teams agreed the field was not suitable for play. There was more rain expected to arrive in Pittsburgh later in the evening, too.

The Pirates' grounds crew spent over an hour trying to squeegee the water off the warning track before the final call was made. By that time, members of both organizations -- including managers John Russell and Lou Piniella -- had huddled together in center field after evaluating the outfield conditions.

The call to postpone the game officially came at 10:17 p.m. ET. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Milton 'Rickey Henderson' Bradley

single, steals 2b and 3b with 1 out and scores on sac fly

That's the time of scrappiness and effort that this Cubs team needs.

PWSullivan: Cubs-Bucs game will be replayed at 12:35 p.m (EST) on Monday. Lou not sure if Big Z will start on Friday in Houston

http://bit.ly/abf5XP

well why the fuuuuu wouldn't he start in houston?

we don't need him in the pen anymore...arguably ever...

both teams have an off-day tomorrow and it was decided that the Cubs should travel to Houston first, then back to Pittsburgh for Monday and then to Milwaukee?

dumb.

they did say PNC was hosting some sort of charity event tomorrow night on the radio, but seems like that could get it in before that.

D Lee to Angels?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-spt-0...

It's Fred Mitchell and Dave Kaplan for what it's worth.

nady at 1st wouldn't be a bad replacement and it would help ease some of that OF logjam...colvin could see time there, who knows...

wonder what soriano's future is...it seems his LF play has become a bit more stable lately, but that's not saying a whole lot.

and it gets interesting...from gordon witty at 12:15am (thur)...

# Despite report of Lee talks with Angels, LA appears to be targeting Nady.

Wow, Joyce really upset over the call he made. Playing on MLB network.

Poor guy, atleast he admit he is wrong.

/F U Joe West.

And secondly, fuck !we have to hear Milt Pappas all over the radio and tv tomorrow.

/Where's your wife Milt?

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