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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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 4 hours 17 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 5 hours 37 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 6 hours 52 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 7 hours 31 min ago view