Davis and Wellemeyer Show Hendry Their Stuff

With Cubs GM Jim Hendry and Pitching Coach Mark Riggins in attendance, LHP Doug Davis (2010 elbow surgery rehab) threw five innings of two-hit shutout ball (63 pitches – 40 strikes) with no walks and eight strikeouts (four swinging), and a 5/1 GO/FO, but the EXST Angels rallied to score five runs over the last three innings to defeat the EXST Cubs 6-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.


The game was extended an extra couple of innings to allow Cubs and Angels pitchers to get their scheduled work.



Davis retired the first seven men he faced (1-3, K, 4-3, K, K, K, K) before surrendering a single to RF that was misplayed by RF Xavier Batista (the kid broke back when he should have been moving forward). The veteran southpaw then retired another five in a row (P-9, K, 1-3, 4-3, K) before allowing a clean hard-hit double to right-center with one out in the 5th. The runner was subsequently stranded at 2nd base, however, as Davis racked up his 8th strikeout and induced a 6-3 grounder to get out of the inning.


RHP Todd Wellemeyer (sore hip rehab) followed Davis to the mound and was nowhere near as effective, laboring through two of his four innings of work (needing 20 pitches to get out of one inning, and throwing 19 pitches before the inning was stopped with two outs in another) and allowing two runs on four hits (three singles and a double), two walks, and a WP, with five strikeouts, a GIDP, and 4/1 GO/FO, in 3.1 IP (67 pitches - 38 strikes).


Wellemeyer allowed baserunners in all four of his innings, giving up a lead-off single in the top of the 6th (immediately erased by a 6-3 GIDP), before issuing a two-out four-pitch walk and surrendering an RBI double. Welly struck out the side (all three swinging strikes) in the 7th (around a two-out single), and gave up a single and a walk with one out in the 8th, with both runners moving up on a 6-3 GO before the inning was stopped ("ROLL IT!") after Wellemeyer reached his max pitch limit for that inning.


With the Cubs leading 3-1, Wellemeyer's final inning (the top of the 9th) got off to a bad start when the righthander walked the lead-off hitter and threw a WP, although an F-9 fly out and a strikeout (called third strike) folllowed. At this point hard-throwing RHP (ex-3B) Charles Thomas was brought into the game to try and get the final out and the save, but the big righthander allowed a ringing RBI double and two singles (the last one driving-in the tying run) before he could get an out. Thomas gave up the go-ahead run in the 10th (double, WP, HBP, and RBI single before he could retire a hitter), and then LHP Luis Villalba alllowed two runs (one earned) in the extra tacked-on half inning (1B, BB, SH, 1B+E3).       


Although Davis clearly had the better outing of the two, he did it against young Angels hitters who were trying to figure out how to hit the off-speed offerings of a veteran and wily MLB lefty. I suspect the Cubs might want Davis to show if he can be as successful facing the more experienced hitters found at AAA before they hand him the keys to the 5th starter's job.


While Davis and Wellemeyer were facing the Angels, Angel Guzman and Jean Sandoval threw a sim game on Field #1 against Cubs position players not in the starting lineup on Field #3.  


Here is today’s abridged box score for the EXST game on Field #3 (Cubs players only):


NOTE: To practice his bunting, Doug Davis took two insert AB (first one with no outs and runner at 1st base in the bottom of the 1st inning, and the other one with a runner on 2nd base and no outs in the bottom of the 5th inning)


LINEUP:
X. Doug Davis, P: 0-0 (3-4 SH, 3-4 SH)
1. Jose Valdez, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7 SF, K, R, RBI)
2. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B-DH: 0-3 (F-7 SF, F-7, P-6, 4-3, RBI)
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, 6-3, 1-3)
4a. Chad Noble, C: 1-2 (F-7, 2B, R)
4b. Brian Inoa, C: 0-2 (F-7, 4-3)
5. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-4 (5-3, 2B, K, K, RBI)
6. Reggie Golden, DH #1: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
7. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K, BB)
9. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-1 (HBP, BB, L-9, R, SB)
10. Dustin Harrington, DH-2B: 0-2 (F-8, 1-3 SH, F-9)


PITCHERS:
1. Doug Davis: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 63 pitches (40 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Todd Wellemeyer: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 67 pitches (38 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Wellemeyer’s third inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit for that inning
3. Charles Thomas: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 25 pitches (16 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Luis Villalba: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: 1:
1B Dustin Geiger E3 - throwing error allowed runner to score from 3rd base with an unearned run


CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Chad Noble: 1-1 CS
2. Brian Inoa 0-1 CS


ATTENDANCE: 15


WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s


 

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Fukudome RF, Barney 2B, Castro SS, Ramirez 3B, Baker 1B, Soriano LF, Byrd CF, Soto C, Garza P

I guess giving Marlon Byrd some time off to try and get Colvin going is for some reason out of the question.

no pena again...cold.

Yeah. And playing Baker at 1B when giving Pena an off day is a much better long term plan for the team than playing Colvin, a legitimate first base option. (Note my compliance with crunch's new sarcasm bolding requirement.)

Byrd is the face of the franchise now, for some reason. They'll give him more time than they ought to.

i wish the blink tag worked here. i'd make every post i make bold and blinking.

Can you please explain the embolden sarcasm rule once more?

Thanks!

JAKE FOX catching vs sox tonite.

Even the tv Uncle Fester had a light bulb go off by his head once in a while .

Holy shit, sori!

Cubs announced they are sticking with James Russell as the 5th starter. Jay Jackson is not coming up.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking...

Coleman starts Sunday, Russell Monday. On Tuesday we might need some arm transplants for the bullpen.

Quade and Hendry are stubbornly idiotic.

Soriano giveth and he taketh away

BARNEY!!!!!

Pena saves 2 throws in the 9th, Garza's first win and sets a cubs record for k's in april

Woods 20 k er was in may

Christmas is in December.

from Rotoworld

Both Andrew Cashner (shoulder) and Randy Wells (forearm) fared well enough during their flat-ground throwing sessions Saturday that they'll travel with the team rather than go to extended spring training.
Both should soon start throwing bullpen session, followed by rehab assignments. Each right-hander appears to be in line to make a return by mid-May, barring setbacks.

finishes April with best ERA for a Cubs starter, i.e. tallest midget. Also most IP's and K's and got his ERA below 4.

Also tied with Halladay for best WAR in the majors for pitchers and has the best FIP and xFIP as well.

"Also tied with Halladay for best WAR in the majors for pitchers and has the best FIP and xFIP as well."

Being that WAR is a function of xFIP times innings, that's not a big surprise.

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  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 28 min 4 sec ago view
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    billybucks 9 hours 30 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 10 hours 24 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 10 hours 31 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 10 hours 34 min ago view
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    crunch 10 hours 45 min ago view
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    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 11 hours 6 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 13 hours 58 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 16 hours 31 min ago view
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    chitownmvp01 17 hours 3 min ago view
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    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 5 min ago view
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    billybucks 19 hours 2 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 21 hours 22 min ago view