A Sosa Deja View from Center Street

Francisco Sosa slugged a two-run HR onto Center Street and his teammates rapped out ten singles, seven doubles, and two triples, as the EXST Rockies took both games of a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader from the EXST Cubs by scores of 4-2 and 11-2 this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.


The games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields and were scheduled as seven-inning affairs, but the game on Field #2 was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and Rockies pitchers to get their scheduled work.



While the Rockies were ripping ten extra-base hits in the two games, the Cubs managed just one (a Dustin Harrington double). The Cubs also grounded into five double plays, committed two errors, and pulled a couple of base-running gaffes.


Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):


FIELD #2


LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-U, K)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (1-6-3 DP, 1B, K)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, L-7, 2-3)
4. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, 5-4-3 DP, K)
5. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, 6-3)
6. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-8)
7. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-3 (6-3, 2B, 1B, 2 R)
8. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB)
9. Brian Inoa, DH: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)


PITCHERS:
1. Matt Loosen: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 51 pitches (28 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Jean Sandoval: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 46 pitches (31 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Luis Villalba: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 27 pitches (15 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO


ERRORS: 1:
C Johan DeJesus E2 – overthrow at 3rd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to score unearned run


CATCHERS DEFENSE
Johan DeJesus: 3-4 CS, 1 E (see above)


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FIELD #3


LINEUP:
1. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-4 (F-8, 1-U, 4-6-3 DP, P-6)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
4. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
5. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (6-3 DP, 1B, 3-1, F-8, RBI)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (2-3, 5-3, 6-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
7. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 3-4 (4-3, 1B, 1B, 1B, R)
8. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B)
9. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-8)


PITCHERS:
1. Charles Thomas: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 40 pitches (19 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
NOTE: Thomas first inning of work was stopped with one out when he reached his max pitch limit for that inning
2. Colin Richardson: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Rafael Diplan: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 45 pitches (29 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
NOTE: Diplan’s second inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit
4. Larry Suarez: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Suarez’s inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit


ERRORS: 1:
C Yaniel Cabezas E2 – overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd base


CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)


ATTENDANCE: 6


WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80’s


 

Comments

Yikes. Suarez just can't get it going. I remember being pumped when we signed that kid. We've given out more to other international prospects (I think he only got 400K or something like that), but he was one of the first big ones I can remember out of LA.

And speaking of Venezuelan pitchers, one named Carlos Silva (yes, THAT one) is pitching tonight for the Tampa Yankees versus the Daytona Cubs, and Jae-Hoon Ha took him deep for a two-run HR in the top of the 1st inning. That's Ha's 5th HR of the season.

and rosscup (from the TB trade for garza) going tonight for daytona

I read that Dolis is being moved to the bullpen at the Cubs request.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/may/01/smok...

The Smokies rotation took a hit this week when Rafael Dolis, their most consistent starter to this point, was moved to the bullpen at the behest of the Chicago Cubs. Dolis, who is on the Cubs' 40-man roster, had a rough outing in his first relief appearance Saturday night, giving up four unearned runs in what eventually was a 7-6 Smokies loss.

"We feel like he could be a big league eighth-ninth inning guy," Harper said. "Last night he didn't throw like he can, but we feel like he'll develop quick in that role."

He had started 4 games and had a 2.70 era, 15/7 K/BB, 15/16.2 k/ip, 19/16.2 whip (too lazy to do the math, but you get it)

he's always been a fringe stamina guy anyway...deep counts. i wonder what pitch count he starts to tap out at. he doesn't put in too many outings more than 5-6ip.

Is he fat?

Hopefully, not a Ricketts forecast:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/05...

fwiw, it was near 90 today and the first week back from Spring Break for a lot of parents. Not gonna take their kids out a school after being out last week.

It was a decent crowd last night, although far from packed.

z.greinke isn't a NL fan so far...5 runs given up so far, 0 outs in the 4th.

Phil,

How did Colin Richardson look? What are your thoughts on him? Any Ryan Hartman or Brian Smith sightings? What are your thoughts on them?

Submitted by Koyies Bansaw on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:59pm.
Phil,

How did Colin Richardson look? What are your thoughts on him? Any Ryan Hartman or Brian Smith sightings? What are your thoughts on them?

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K BANSAW: Colin Richardson looked OK (especially compared to the other pitchers who threw on Field #3). He threw a high percentage of strikes, although he had trouble keeping his pitches down and so some of them were a bit too hittable.

Ryan Hartman last threw on Monday in a sim game (along with five other pitchers). He has really struggled. He threw in an EXST game versus the Rockies a couple of weeks ago that I did not cover (I was at the other game that day), but I got back to Fitch Park just in time to see his outing (he was the last pitcher), and it wasn't pretty. So I've seen him throw in at least three EXST games during the first couple of weeks, and he hasn't shown much to this point. His curve ball is normally his "out" pitch, but not so far. And he doesn't have the stamina to throw more than two innings, either.

I haven't seen Brian Smith.

Thanks again Phil!

FYI

Doug Davis is pitching today for the Daytona Cubs.
Tom Wellemeyer is pitching today for the Iowa Cubs.

Tom related to Todd?

Any word on Todd Wellemeyer?

Davis went 6.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.

Daytona up 5-0 in 9th. Big day for Jr. Lake, 3 for 5, HR, triple, 3 RBI.

Call him up, or activate him or whatever.

I wonder what the Florida St League record is for consecutive PA's as a the #1 hitter without accepting a walk is (or was).

wow..nothing says "Cubs prospect" like Jr. Lakes' .297 BA and .298 OBP.

HAHA

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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 2 hours 17 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 3 hours 41 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 42 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • QuietMan 4 hours 20 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 39 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 13 min ago view