Cubs Offense Tied in Nots at Papago Park
The A’s scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th to overcome a 2-0 deficit, and then neither team could plate another run, as the Cubs and the A’s Split Squad #1 played to a 2-2 tie in AZ Instructional League action at Papago Park Field #2 in Phoenix this afternoon.
The Cubs managed only two hits off A’s pitchers today, a Jae-Hoon Ha infield single with one out in the top of the 2nd, and a lead-off bunt single by Marco Hernandez in the top of the 9th. Ha’s hit led to the Cubs scoring their two runs, as the daring young Korean CF stole 2nd base, and then scored when Willson Contreras reached base on an E-5. Ha never stopped as he rounded third, scoring in a cloud of dust in a bang-bang play at the plate while Reggie Golden—who had reached on an HBP after Ha stole 2nd--advanced to third on the play at the plate, before scoring the second run of the inning when the A’s catcher rifled a throw into the LF corner trying to nab Golden at 3rd.
The Cubs pitching highlight of the day was RHP (ex-catcher) Alvaro Sosa working out of a bases-loaded & no outs jam in the bottom of the 3rd inning, getting two clutch strikeouts and a 5-4 FC to preserve what was at that time a 2-0 Cubs lead.
The Cubs maintained their 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but 19-year old LHP Hunter Ackerman (Cubs 2010 4th round pick out of Louisburg JC) surrendered two doubles and a single (and the lead), as the A’s plated the tying runs. Ackerman has racked-up a 10.29 ERA and 2.57 WHIP so far in AZ Instructional League play, after putting up an 8.22 ERA and 2.02 WHIP for the AZL Cubs this past summer.
While the Cubs and A’s were kissing their sisters at the Papago Baseball Complex, the Mesa Solar Sox opened Arizona Fall League (AFL) play with an 8-3 victory over the Phoenix Desert Dogs one mile south at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Solar Sox are an amalgam of five MLB clubs, with the Cubs, Angels, Mets, Pirates, and Phillies each contributing seven prospects to the Mesa roster. Cubs assigned to the Solar Sox this year include RHPs David Cales, Chris Carpenter, Jake Muyco, and Kyle Smit, 3B-1B Josh Vitters, INF Ryan Flaherty, and OF Brett Jackson. None of the Cubs players assigned to the Solar Sox played in today’s game.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only) from the AZ Instructional League game played at Papago Park:
1a. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-3 (K, 6-3, P-1)
1b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-1 (1B)
2a. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, 2-U, K)
2b. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (L-6)
3a. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-3 (K, 6-3, E3)
3b. Engel Santana, C: 0-1 (L-8)
4. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-3 (3-U, K, HBP, P-4)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF-DH: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, K, R, SB)
6. Reggie Golden, DH-CF: 0-2 (HBP, 1-3, 4-6 FC, R)
7. Willson Contreras, 3B: 0-3 (E5, 6-3, K)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (6-3, K, E5)
9. Delbis Arcila, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
10. Oliver Zapata, DH #2: 0-3 (K, K, F-7)
1. Alvaro Sosa: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 48 pitches (31 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
2. Tarlandus Mitchell: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 30 pitches (19 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 24 pitches (13 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Charles Thomas: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 21 pitches (10 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
5. Austin Reed: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS
Engel Santana: 1 PB
ATTENDANCE: 20 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy, with temperatures in the 90’s
Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.
Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.
Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.
Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
Hope they can sustain it.
Don't sell yourself short, Judge.
I love this team.
Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.
Hey! I remember this team!
The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...
I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!
I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.
Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.
Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.
Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.
I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....
@Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.
I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.
Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.
This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.
Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.
La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.
If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.
Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.