Flash Flood Puts Damper on Festivities at Fitch Park
The Cubs and the A’s Split Squad #1 squared-off in AZ Instructional League action at Fitch Park Field #3 this afternoon, in a game that was halted due to a sudden, torrential rain storm after three innings, with the Cubs ahead 1-0. And it was a real gully-washer, too, as much of Mesa (including Fitch Park) was under water within minutes.
The Cubs scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the 1st inning. Logan Watkins lined a one-out double into the RF corner, advanced to 3rd base on a WP, and scored on a Josh Vitters sacrifice fly to the warning track in LF. (Vitters once again got the start at 1st base, and handled his one and only chance without incident).
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
NOTE: Game was suspended after three innings with Cubs ahead 1-0
1. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 3-U)
2. Logan Watkins, 2B: 1-1 (2B, R)
3. Josh Vitters, 1B: 0-0 (F-7 SF, RBI)
4. Justin Bour, DH #1: 0-1 (K)
5. Max Kwan, C: 0-1 (F-7)
6. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 1-1 (2B)
7. Reggie Golden, CF: 0-1 (K)
8. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-1 (K)
9. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-1 (K)
10. Willson Contreras, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
1. Matt Loosen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 42 pitches (24 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO)
2. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (8 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
ATTENDANCE: 16 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Overcast & VERY breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s
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.
Maybe he got injured diving for the ball in LF? I really hope it's not code for a "strained oblique"....
Our starting pitching kinda sucks for #3-5.
Schwarber out with "sore ribs" /sorry to interrupt the magic number talk
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.
Schwarber stays back and hammers a 3-2 change-up that was down and away. Very impressive.
And a good job to drive the ball to RF to advance the runner in the 8th. Encouraging.
<p>It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html</p> <p> </p>
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.