A's Ride Extra-Base Hit Attack to Victory at Fitch Park

The EXST Athletics banged-out four doubles, a triple, and a home run, and coasted to a 7-1 victory over the EXST Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.



Tennessee OF Ty Wright (sprained ankle) and INF Augie Ojeda (back) continued their Extended Spring Training rehab in today’s game, with Wright playing LF for seven innings and going 0-2 at the plate (a walk and two strikeouts, both swinging), while Ojeda played the first four innings at SS and then the next four at 2B, going 1-4 (F-7, E-5, 2B, 4-3).


With Augie Ojeda on the field, it’s probably not too surprising that the Cubs were able to turn five double plays, and Augie was in the middle of four of them. If not for that, the final score would have been a lot uglier.


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


LINEUP:
1. Augie Ojeda, SS-2B-DH: 1-4 (F-7, E-5, 2B, 4-3)
2. Wes Darvill, DH-2B: 0-4 (K, F-8, E-5, F-8, SB)
3a. Ty Wright, LF: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
3b. Xavier Batista, LF: 0-1 (K)
4. Brandon May, DH #2: 2-4 (1B, L-8, 6-3, 1B)
5. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 0-3 (3-U, K, HBP, 9-6 FC)
6. Rafael Valdes, 2B-SS: 1-4 (6-3, 3B, K, F-9, R)
7a. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-2 (K, P-2)
7b. Carlos Romero, PH: 0-0 (HBP)
7c. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-1 (4-3)
8. Eduardo Gonzalez, CF: 0-2 (F-9, F-7 SF, 6-3, RBI)
9. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, F-8)
10. Oliver Zapata, RF: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)


PITCHERS:
1. Luis Liria: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 53 pitches (30 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 33 pitches (16 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
3. Ryan Hartman: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 GIDP, 39 pitches (17 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Santo Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (14 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Yilver Sanchez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 14 pitches (9 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: 1
2B Wes Darvill - E4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)


OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Oliver Zapata threw-out runner 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF


ATTENDANCE: 4


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s


 

Comments

summation of all injuries and roster juggling from previous thread

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/c...

Garza's doesn't sound serious at all, should be back for June 3-5 series vs. Cardinals

Soto to rehab starting Thursday at Iowa and could be back Saturday

no surgery needed for Cashner

Byrd will see a few eye specialists and no baseball activity for a few weeks at least

Schlitter to 60-day DL to make room for Montanez

Wells starts on Saturday vs. Pirates

Let me stipulate that I AM NOT A DOCTOR (but I play one on tv)...so my opinions are just based on long miserable experience with the Cubs.

Garza's injury is being reported as a "bone contusion." Cubster can correct me if wrong but in my experience that's the same as saying he has a bone fracture except the fracture has no deliniation. Also, it's in his elbow so that implies that it involves cartilage as well as bone. This doesn't sound like something that heals in a week. Contusions often take longer than outright fractures to get better.
If the Cubs bring him back after missing one more start...look out.

re:Soto. What kind of rehab starts on Thursday and ends on Friday?

re: Cashner Reading this stuff is like deja vu all over again with Kerry Wood and his rotator cuff. If the Cubs aren't out of their fricking minds, they'll drop this starter thing and relegate Cashner to the pen.

re: Byrd Please don't even think about baseball until that eye and face are 100%. Seeya next year.

re:Schlitter Who knew he was still on the payroll?

2014 for new Cubs spring training complex

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/c...

it is going to blow ass for them to get this new facility and then come north to wrigley after spring training. it'll most likely kick the ass of wrigley's offerings.

1st pitch...lead off single mets...

alright...another night of cubs baseball. let's do this.

k.hill finally throws out a runner.

1 out of 10 in 103 inning isn't bad...wait...

i.dejesus gets smacked by an aram bouncing screamer toward 3rd...takes it on the lower back...doesn't rub it...laughs...gamer.

Garza's injury is being reported as a "bone contusion." Cubster can correct me if wrong but in my experience that's the same as saying he has a bone fracture except the fracture has no deliniation. Also, it's in his elbow so that implies that it involves cartilage as well as bone. This doesn't sound like something that heals in a week. Contusions often take longer than outright fractures to get better.
If the Cubs bring him back after missing one more start...look out.
-----------------
In Garza's situation, a bone contusion is clearly an MRI diagnosis. I do have some issues with them using this term here.

This diagnosis means that his XRays are negative for a fracture and the MRI does show an abnormal signal in the area involved but there is no linear signal (fracture line) seen in that abnormal signal pattern. The abnormal signal is in bone (in this case the distal humerus) and not in the soft tissues adjacent to the joint, otherwise they would be worried more about the ligaments (the medial elbow (medial epicondyle), includes the flexor/pronator tendon attachments and ligaments (often referred to as golfers elbow) and the UCL or Tommy John ligament; the lateral elbow (bone is the epicondyle) attachments would be what is commonly called "tennis elbow" or the extensor tendon origin).

For the diagnosis to be a contusion there has to be a history of direct trauma to the area (when did that happen? Garza does not seem to indicate there was a direct trauma as his quotes below indicate). Their docs may be thinking it's a repetitive stress injury but are not willing to call it a stress fracture based on the abnormal uptake pattern on the MRI being more diffuse (rather than focal or linear) but don't have a better term for the signal abnormality. If this is the case the term contusion is misleading and it might be that they are interceding before the problem formally becomes a more definite stress fracture. This would be analogous to a leg injury often called "shin splints" which if it continues to get exposed to repetitive stress can becomes a formal stress fracture of the leg/tibia or fibula.

It's unlikely that there is any cartilage involvement in a bone contusion unless the direct trauma also affected the joint (that would make the dx of an articular fracture) and one would see fluid in the joint on the MRI to make one consider that being the case.

I recall Prior's "bone contusion" to the elbow when he was hit by a line drive by Brad Hawpe in 2005. They actually called it a "compression fracture" so it was more extensive than a "bone bruise" and with Prior, it was the lateral or outside of the elbow.

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.j...
---
http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/c...

"It's just one of those things that happen, more wear and tear. Like, if you're a runner and your knees are sore, that's usually what it is -- a bruise."

The above quote bothers me though as a contusion means some direct trauma and "wear and tear" is more of a repetitive stress problem.

---
http://chicago.sbnation.com/2011/5/24/2187830...

he also thinks that the injury is just the result of throwing in cold weather, something that he was not really used to while playing with the Tampa Bay Rays. He expects the elbow to loosen up a little bit when the weather gets warmer.

Again, repetitive stress injury, not contusion.
------
Finally, I remember former Brewer-WSux-Cardinal pitcher Cal Eldred who had a diagnosis of "stress fracture" of his pitching elbow. He started the 2000 season with a 10-2 record with the Sox but due to the stress fx, in August of 2000 he had a screw placed across the stress fx to try and heal it. He was mostly out until 2003 when he tried another comeback with StL before ending his career in 2005.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-04-12...

So, in summary, I'm not sure what kind of estimate to recovery Garza has. If it's a "pre stress fx", it might be just the 2 weeks on the DL and he's back in the best case scenerio and the warmer weather by then works in his favor. If not...lets hope it' doesn't become a recurring problem because a stress fracture at the elbow can be a bear to get to resolve.

Thanks for the info, Doc! Hopefully it's not serious

Lou Montanez, welcome to the Cubs!

5 spot in the 2nd.

watching castro...it's amazing how much youth and inexperience can cost a team and how many different ways it can manifest itself.

cubs up by 7 in the 7th...bases loaded...Z pinch hitting. ha. awesome.

2 rbi single...ha.

It's official Quade is an idiot.

Z pinch hitting.

if they weren't up by 7 this late in the game i imagine he wouldn't be hitting...i hope anyway.

it's been weird watching his wild corkscrew swing style actually refined into a nice swing. he's still too undependable to make a case for him being a hitter, but he's got pop and his swing doesn't look like it could land him on the DL.

Always worth risking an injury, especially when 3/5 of your rotation is hurt.

yeah, the massive rotation injuries are a consideration.

i don't feel bad about it, but there is some unnecessary risk in Z's use there.

Seems like the Mets don't care, wonder why?

Okay sQuade let's bring in Marmol to close this 10 run lead.

Knoxville News reporting that Adduci had recent hand surgery and is probably out for the season. Affects Ha/Perez since one spot will remain open in the Tennessee outfield; and might affect who goes to Iowa to replace Montanez.

I guess they just slide Ha over to RF and keep Jackson in CF. It's possible they could send Jackson to AAA to work against pitchers with more experience but I'm not sure if that will be much more of a challenge than AA

The outfield is still crowded. Nelson Perez plays right most days. Before that, it was Matt Spencer, who has an OPS over 1. So you have Spencer, Perez, Jackson and Ha for three OF positions.

A couple weeks ago, Flaherty was playing some OF, but now you have to squeeze him, LeMahieu, Marwin Gonzalez and Vitters into three infield slots.

At catcher, Lalli is hitting well as usual, and Flores is 7 for 14 with 2 HRs since moving up from Daytona. Soto arrives tomorrow for a brief stint.

I guess the question is, what are they feeding these guys?

'Roids?

(joke)

Couldn't the Cubs just promote one of Flaherty or Lemahieu (probably Flaherty) and do something with Bobby Scales, Matt Camp, or Bryan Lahair? They could also do something with Perez and promote Jackson once he's healthy, although I suspect he'll end up in Chicago at some point this year regardless.

Perez, yeah, fine with me, but Hendry traded for him and would probably say he's still rehabbing.

Ty Wright, another outfielder, was DL'd a few weeks ago from Tennessee but now that he's healthy, they plug him in yesterday at Iowa, where there always seems to be room for a marginal prospect. Chris Robinson is another one. Not that I'm unsympathetic to giving these guys a dozen chances, and it's not terrible to have very intense competition at AA. Hendry may be an unusually soft-hearted GM in not wanting to foreclose on these Iowans. Bobby Scales, Matt Camp, etc. LaHair, though--he has twelve home runs, and Carlos Pena isn't setting the bar very high for the 1B who follows him.

I'm ok with LaHair and Spencer getting a 1st base opportunity at this point.

Or at least once Pena can be dumped somewhere.

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • 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 27 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 39 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 48 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 54 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 12 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 48 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 6 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 4 hours 7 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 25 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 4 hours 33 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 28 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 5 hours 46 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 51 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 7 hours 57 sec 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 39 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 40 min ago view