Cubs Tie Up Loose Ends

The Cubs and Giants played to a 1-1 tie this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, in what was the Cubs final 2010 AZ Instructional League game.

The Cubs finished with a record of 7-9-4 in Instructional League play.

Cubs 2010 7th round draft pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) got the start for the Cubs today, and threw three innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out three. In four Instructs appearances covering 7.1 IP, Wells allowed no runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight (0.00 ERA and 0.55 WHIP).

CF Evan Crawford singled in the third inning to extend his Instructs hitting streak to ten games (he hit safely in all ten games in which he played). In the ten games, Crawford hit 385/400/590, with four stolen bases (1 CS), and three strikeouts and no walks in 40 PA. He is probably the fastest player in the Cubs organization. (Crawford was the minor league prospect the Cubs got back from the Giants in the Mike Fontenot trade in August).

And SS Hak-Ju Lee extended his Instructs errorless streak to 11 games (all 11 games in which he played). He also hit 294/368/384 with three stolen bases (1 CS) in those 11 games.

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

1. Evan Crawford, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
2. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 4-6 FC, 3-U)
3. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 0-2 (L-5, 4-3, BB, PO)
4. Justin Bour, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, BB)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 0-3 (E5, F-9, 6-3 GIDP)
6. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (5-3 SH, 1-3, 3-1)
7. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
8. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
9. Max Kwan, DH-C: 0-2 (6-3, K, BB, PO)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (2B, 5-3, 1-3, R)

1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (26 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 24 pitches (15 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 35 pitches (19 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base)

Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS



WEATHER: Sunny, with temperatures in the 80’s



phillies are scouting their own pitcher (halladay) and radioing in mph/location of each pitch in real-time. micromanage much?

Blue Jays interested in Sandberg?

Ted Lilly staying with Dodgers.

I say let Ryno get some experience somewhere else before coming back to manage the Cubs. What if he bunts all the time? How will he relate to the star players? Let's see what kind of manager he is before we hire him.

What if he wins a World Series and doesn't want to come back while we have bat the best hitter 8th Mike Quade driving for top 5 draft picks?

I'd take that risk.
Ultimately, I think he needs time around current big league clubhouses and environments before he is named Cubs manager. Managing in MLB is different than the minors

Sandberg is a hall of fame player who has dealt with many personalities at the major league level. Unless you are saying that nobody who hasn't managed/coached at the big league level ever should be hired as manager, your point doesn't make sense. And if you are saying that you need experience coaching at MLB level before being hired, I am certain there are multiple counterexamples...did Piniella coach? Larussa? Bobby Cox? Joe Torre?...I am not sure of the answer for these, but am positive there are many examples disproving the concept that you need to coach at the major league level before being a manager.

Whether Sandberg is the correct choice is debatable (though I am ardently in favor of him), the debate is not, IMO, centered on previous MLB experience, particularly when considering the other parties we are interviewing.

I guess I would rather take a guy with 20 years of managing and coaching experience to one with 3 or 4 years.

Whatever risk you're attributing to his lack of being in a big league clubhouse during the regular season, is less than the risk of having an unknown, with no MLB playing experience being the manager. If you're Carlos Zambrano, who are you more likely to listen to? The hall of famer, or the guy who couldn't hit in high A at the age of 26?

Ted Roosevelt Lilly signs with Dodgers 3/44 ($$ not yet disclosed, but Ned Coletti was the original author of the Jason Schmidt contract). Rosenthal did say it was for 3 yrs.

Lilly signs with the Dodgers at 3/44.

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  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.

  • *flips table*


  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.

    Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.

  • This game is not on Lester - he did his job

  • Had a lot of hope hanging on that deep Fowler fly in the sixth.

    Really despise the Cards