Triple City in Seven Run Cubs 6th Trips A's at Fitch Park

Marco Hernandez, Jesus Morelli, and Yaniel Cabezas ripped run-scoring triples to highlight a seven-run 6th, as the EXST Cubs rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to defeat the EXST Athletics 9-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.



EXST games usually are played as nine inning games where the home team takes an AB in the bottom of the 9th even if it is ahead, but this morning’s game was stopped after eight innings when both the A’s and Cubs ran out of available pitchers.


Angel Guzman (2010 shoulder surgery rehab) got the start for the Cubs and went more than one inning for the first time since his surgery. The right-hander breezed through his first inning of work, throwing an 11-pitch 1-2-3 1st inning (F-7, K, 4-3), but then he began to falter in his second inning (F-8, BB, 2B, 4-3, BB), throwing 20 pitches (but only ten strikes) before being relieved with two outs, one run in, and runners at the corners.


Gooz was quite obviously frustrated with his inability to throw strikes in the 2nd inning, cursing himself when he bounced his final pitch (a curve) into the dirt on a 3-2 pitch for ball four. While he has his fastball velocity up to 92 MPH, he also has control lapses from time-to-time, especially if he has to throw more than a dozen pitches in an inning. So don’t expect to see Angel Guzman in Chicago anytime soon.


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


LINEUP:
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 3-4 (3B, K, 1B, BB, 1B, R)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 2-2 (BB, BB, 1B, 3B, BB, R, 3 RBI)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-4 (5-4 FC, P-4, 2B, HBP, K, R)
4. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (P-5, 4-3, 3B, K, R, RBI)
5. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, K, RBI)
6a. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-1 (BB, F-8)
6b. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 1-2 (1B, K, R, RBI)
7. Chad Noble, 1B: 1-4 (6-4-3 DP, K, E-5, 1B, R)
8. Jesus Morelli, LF: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, 3B, F-9, R, 2 RBI)
9. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, E-4, K, 2 R, RBI)


PITCHERS:
1. Angel Guzman: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 31 pitches (17 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Alvido Jimenez: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 50 pitches (31 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Alvaro Sosa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (19 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Dustin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 19 pitches (16 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Amaury Paulino: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 30 pitches (12 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO


ERRORS: NONE


CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS


ATTENDANCE: 10


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s


 

Comments

Any Wells or Cashner sighting's yet??

b.guyer (TB) HR in his 1st mlb AB.

gotta luv it!

go Cubs go

then 2 k's

went to University of Virginia, nice place for it. Wonder if he got the ball back?

Nice. He's probably going to steal AB's from Fuld.

I'm very curious to see what he does in a few hundred MLB AB's.

16 K through 7 for Cliff Lee, but down 3-0 and up to 117 pitches, doubt he'll get a chance to break record.

Derek Lowe with a no-hitter through 6 in same game.

and Victorino singles to lead-off inning

but Phillies trailing Braves 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. Anniversary of Kid K 20K game today as well.

yikes, i was too slow on the draw with the post.

Derek Fucking Rose

!!HEARTS!!

Yes.

And its Derrick

Castro and Soriano sit...

Kosuke Fukudome, RF
Barney, SS
Marlon Byrd, CF
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Geovany Soto, C
DeWitt, 2B
Tyler Colvin, LF
Casey Coleman, P

yeah....

the rest of the nation must be glued to the sub .500 matchup between Red Sox and Twins.

it's even worse on the east coast...they assume all you want to watch is NYY/BOS/ATL every week.

The one thing I really hated about Charlotte.

Being in an NL Central town, does have its advantages. Cubs hitting lots of fly balls to left that aren't going anywhere.

...and Fox is busy letting the announce crew talk about how interesting rain delays are rather than cutting to another game.

nothing like an interesting saturday afternoon watching eric karros talk about tarps.

-edit-

in a "moment" they're going to the TB/BAL game...oh joy...at least grace is on the announce crew

sweet, rain delay in Boston, here comes the Cubs/Reds game...

...
...

why are they wearing O's/Rays uniforms?

fuckheads.

speaking of, the Sam Fuld freefall continues

down to a OPS just over .700, OBP around .320

0-5 today...2 for last 40...ow.

Otherwise known as a Koyie Hill hot streak.

SHOCKING!

strikes out Votto twice...

baseball can be funny.

Tim McCarver: "Left Fielders are normally the worst fielding outfielders, so very few Left Fielders have a chance to win a gold glove."

I'm surprised Brennamen hasn't smothered McCarver to death with a pillow or pushed him out the booth.

"On May 22nd, Fox will debut a special about all the things that have happened in the world since the Cubs last won a World Series. It's in HD, so you can see the fans hearts breaking. If you miss it on the 22nd, don't worry, we'll bring it up every five minutes and show it constantly."

i know he's not the cubs problem...i mean, golden boy...anymore, but wtf is going on with chris archer?

6th AA start of 2011 a couple days ago...didn't make it through 5, again (only made it 5+ip once so far, 6ip)...

his control is as bad as one might expect, but he's also getting hit pretty well.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats...

He had one start that had pretty good peripherials but he's allowing a lot more flyballs than he had the last two years with the Cubs. I think the Rays may have been tinkering to get his control improved, and wound up just fucking him up.

they may have to live with his control issues if he's going to be this hittable and still work deep counts on everyone trying to figure it out.

even with his control issues he could historically miss bats.

Instead of Fox's SAP being in Spanish, Fox should provide a secondary audio track of just the feed from the ballpark, minus the worst announcers in history destroying the broadcast.

Coleman leaves game with runners on first and third.

Wood comes in and gets a force out and letting runner on third score and Coleman's other runner is out at second base. So is the guy on first Wood or Coleman's responsibility?

Box score seems to say it's Coleman which I guess makes some sense.

Gonna be a tough loss for Coleman if Cubs don't come back.

Coleman gets the ER, Wood would get the loss, right?

if it's Coleman's ER, then he definitely would get the loss.

Wood gets a blown save though regardless if Cubs come back.

From the rule book: 10.17 (d) A losing pitcher is a pitcher who is responsible for the run that gives the winning team a lead that the winning team does not relinquish.

So I think Coleman is the losing pitcher if we don't score again, because he was charged with the ER that put the Reds ahead.

BTW, the MLB rule book is online:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official...

Ok, thanks.

The 2nd runner is coleman's as well.

Yes, looking at the rulebook, it would be charged to Coleman.

UPDATE: MLB's box score already shows Coleman with 2 ER.

Woohoo! Pena.

MENDOZA!!!

...Pena's still got it.

so Stubbs drops the ball but it bounced over fence for ground rule double costing Cubs the winning run.

~sigh~

FUKUDOME!!!!

Koseke hit his single on a 95 mph fastball. Nice reflexes for an old man (34 yrs. old). I remember some discussion a little while back (couple of years ago) that he couldn't catch up to a good fastball. Glad that wasn't the case today.

Those infamous Wrigley Field ground rule doubles...

Cubs Win!

Nice comeback.

O's with 5 ex-Cubs in at the moment

Pie, Izturis, Lee, Fox and Gregg

jake fox the catcher is a horrible looking mess...well, that's harsh, but he doesn't look comfortable.

Awesome comeback. Good game. Congrats to Mateo for the first MLB 'W'.

Definitely deserved that comeback win after having Brennaman relieve Game 6 in painful detail in the 8th inning and the disappointment that is inherent in Cubdom.

At least he didn't get in a Bartman reference, suprisingly.

j.verlander is perfect through 6 and y.gallardo is pitching a no-hitter through 7. gall's pitch count is kinda high, though.

gall no hitter gone bottom 8th, 0 out.

verlander perfect game gone...walk, 1 out, 8th. no hitter in progress.

and verlander gets his 2nd no-hitter.

Per Musket tweet and Rotoworld followup...

Todd Wellemeyer has retired from baseball.
Wellemeyer made the announcement Saturday after allowing eight hits and four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Thursday at Triple-A Iowa. The 32-year-old will call it quits with a 4.83 career ERA and 1.51 career WHIP. He played eight major league seasons.

(and they still owe him a ws ring)

Howard Berk and the Boys rejoyce!

Bleacher Bugler/Bum and radio personality Mike Murphy resurfaces tomorrow on ESPN-1000 at 9 am with his ol' sidekick Fred Huebner.

Murph was embroiled in a legal despute with CBS and wscr over a restrictive covenant issue. He has been off the air since June 2009 but was under contract thru May 2010 (so he kept getting paid till then). After the contract expired he filed a class action suit vs CBS radio which owns wsux/wscr because the contract claimed to block local employment vs competitors for 6 months after contract expiration. The suit has yet to be resolved.

Even though Murph is often repetitive and usually off the deep end, I admit I missed his Cub loving presence on Chicago radio. Since Ron Santo is gone, nobody on radio leaves his Cub emotions on his sleeve like Murph.

His show will be weekly, every Sunday am, 9-1.

His yellow note pad will really be full tomorrow.

http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/1572-mik...

Good news, I always liked Murph.

CUBSTER:

He has been on for two weeks now, IIRC.

I listened to him last week.

Its just like "old days" though.

Good Sunday baseball talk show.

He has been on for two weeks now, IIRC.
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Miss a little, miss a lot.

Put an 8 spot up in the 2nd inning - Ha with a grand slam the big blow. More impressive: lead-off man Junior Lake draws his 1st walk on the season (against 29 K).

I look at Daytona's lineup, and I don't see how they get to 22-8. I know they've had good pitching, but they score a lot of runs, too: first in the FSL in runs, home runs, BA, OPS. It's not all Jae-Hoon Ha. If this continues, we'll have to start taking some of their other players--like Lake, Bour, Cerda, Nelson Perez and Evan Crawford--more seriously as prospects.

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  • "trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."

    that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.

    crunch 11 min 11 sec ago view
  • crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?

    And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.

    But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.

    big_lowitzki 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power

    it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.

    crunch 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 47 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 32 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 4 hours 43 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 4 hours 55 min ago view
  • I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 5 hours 1 min ago view
  • if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.

    aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.

    exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...

    crunch 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • That would be Rice Krispy Treat

    The E-Man 6 hours 21 min ago view