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):
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)
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
C Johan DeJesus E2 – overthrow at 3rd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to score unearned run
Johan DeJesus: 3-4 CS, 1 E (see above)
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)
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
C Yaniel Cabezas E2 – overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd base
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80’s
One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players.
CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.
As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?
AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?
Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.
AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.
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.
"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.