Brett Jackson Back in the Saddle at Fitch Ranch

The EXST Cubs rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the EXST Diamondbacks 6-6, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.


The Cubs did have a chance to win the game, but Reggie Golden popped out to the first-baseman to end the bottom of the 9th, leaving the potential winning run stranded at 3rd base.


Tennessee OF (and Cubs 2009 1st round draft pick and #1 position player prospect) Brett Jackson saw his first game action since going on the Smokies DL with a finger injury on May 12th, getting four plate appearances as a DH, one in each of the first four innings.



B-Jax ripped a line-drive single to RF in his first AB in the bottom of the 1st inning, grounded out 4-3 in the bottom of the 2nd, struck out swinging in the bottom of the 3rd, and hammered a triple off the right-centerfield fence (near HR) in the bottom of the 4th (and eventually scored on a Pin-Chieh Chen GO). Based on how he swung the bat today (very well), I doubt that he will be down here much longer.


LHP (ex-OF) Kyler Burke got the start for the Cubs and worked two strong innings (19 pitches - 16 strikes) allowing just a lead-off single on his first pitch to the first batter he faced, before retiring the next six in order, including three on strikeouts (two swinging).


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


NOTE: Brett Jackson was a DH and batted 3rd in the bottom of the 1st inning, 2nd in the bottom of the 2nd, and 1st in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th innings


LINEUP:
X. Brett Jackson, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, K, 3B, R)
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-4 (3-U, 4-3, 3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Augie Ojeda, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-8, R)
2b. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: NO AB
2c. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
3b. Marco Hernandez, DH #2: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
4a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
4b. Gregori Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3, F-7 SF, RBI)
5. Jesus Morelli, LF: 3-4 (1B, 2B, 6-3, 1B, RBI, SB)
6. Brandon May, 3B: 0-4 (6-4-3 DP, K, 6-3, K)
7. Brian Inoa, C: 1-4 (F-8, 4-3, K, 1B, RBI)
8. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-4 (F-8, K, 3-U, P-3)
9. Rafael Valdes, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 6-3, 1B)
10. Xavier Batista, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-4 FC)
11. Carlos Romero, DH #4: 1-3 (K, 4-6 FC, 1B, 2 R)


PITCHERS:
1. Kyler Burke: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 19 pitches (16 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Charles Thomas: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 32 pitches (19 strikes), 0/4 GO/FO
3. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (9 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Ramon Garcia: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 42 pitches (28 strikes), 4/5 GO/FO
5. Santo Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 14 pitches (8 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO


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


CATCHER’s DEFENSE:
Brian Inoa 0-1 CS


ATTENDANCE: 13


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s


 

Comments

according to quade, r.lopez has arrived...no role yet, though.

Bruce Miles' blog has some minor league talk with Oneri Fleita.

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/5774

Ha staying in AA when Jackson returns which should be Monday

Soto may need an extra day due to a rainout Thursday

nice things to say about Bour and says McNutt should be over blister problems and ready to pitch deeper in games.

on Simpson

“I took the guns out of the ballpark,” he answered. "I can care less. For him, I took them out. For him and a couple of other guys, I’ve taken the guns out, because I don’t care. I want to know you’re throwing strikes, you’re getting guys out and you’re creating groundballs when you pitch. After that, I haven’t seen a gun get anybody out.”

Oneri says he does that for a “select group of pitchers” who might be overly concerned with their velocity.

Rodrigo Lopez to start Monday.

http://twitter.com/#!/CarrieMuskat/status/742...

Casey Coleman to Iowa to make room for Randy Wells.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

another sam fuld/TB promotion on sunday...super sam fuld cape day...kids giveaway.

he's another month or so from having TB retire his jersey. by season's end he should be in the team HOF. 2012 plans involve submitting him as a wonder of the world candidate.

How many .230 career hitters get one promo day, never mind several in one season?

Soto 0/3 in first rehab game, not playing in second game of DH'er.

Whitenack going in 2nd game, trying to keep perfect record going. 2-0 Tennessee in the first...Vitters and Ridling with RBI singles.

animated gif of David Price nearly hit in head with broken bat

http://gif.mocksession.com/2011/05/pricebat/

he almost took a comeback baseball to the head a little earlier in the game, too. both were freaky close.

Bruce Miles posted this later in the thread:

Oneri Fleita sends word during the game that pitcher Alberto Cabrera will be promoted from Tennessee to Iowa and will pitch Sunday.
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...sounds like it's because of them dropping Coello but wouldn't Coleman be a starter at Iowa? At least MW will have a hard thrower to watch.

Submitted by Cubster on Fri, 05/27/2011 - 7:16pm.

Bruce Miles posted this later in the thread:

Oneri Fleita sends word during the game that pitcher Alberto Cabrera will be promoted from Tennessee to Iowa and will pitch Sunday.
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...sounds like it's because of them dropping Coello but wouldn't Coleman be a starter at Iowa? At least MW will have a hard thrower to watch.

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CUBSTER: Looks like Alberto Cabrera will take Robert Coello's slot in the I-Cubs rotation, and Casey Coleman will replace J. R. Mathes (who was released today).

Maybe Fleita and/or Miles has his wires crossed?

The Des Moines Register says Mathes was released to make room for Marco Carrillo,

The winningest pitcher in Iowa Cubs history is a former Iowa Cub.

J.R. Mathes was released Friday to make room for Marco Carrillo’s promotion from double-A Tennessee.

Mathes, 29, had a 2-4 record and 9.07 earned-run average in nine starts this season. He has 42 career wins, a franchise record.

Carrillo, 24, was 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA for the Smokies.

Also from CCO...

The Cubs announced Friday that Alberto Cabrera will be promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. Cabrera is on the Cubs' 40-man roster. Marco Carrillo also received a promotion Friday. The right-hander has been added to the I-Cubs roster after a solid start to the season with the Smokies.
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They are both right? Looks like the I-Cubs starting staff is getting an 'Oprah' makeover with three new starters, no?

Anyword on why Whitenack only pitched 2.2 innings with no runs allowed?

"TheCCO ChicagoCubsOnline
#Cubs Robert Whitenack left the game against Miss. Braves w/ 2 outs in 3rd. Whitenack delivered a pitch then bent over, called for coahes."

via twitter

Great, even our pitching prospects are getting hurt this year. Miserable year so far.

Bruce Miles, in the comments of his his blog, had a little information.

"Rob Whitenack. He left last night's start after only 2.2 innings with what the Cubs described as arm discomfort."

archer still can't get it together in AA...another bad night

4ip 5h 5bb 5k 2er

he's going to work himself into the pen if he can't get to 5+ip more often than he's showing.

Even our castoffs are getting hurt. Or once a Cub, always a Cub...From Rotoworld:
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Nationals placed LHP Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 24, with left elbow inflammation.

With Coello dfa'd, here's Tony Thomas line for Pawtucket:

2011 24 Pawtucket IL AAA BOS 40 162 141 .213 .296 .390 .686

Universal Entropy, nothing accomplished...and then there was the cold vacuum of empty space.

That's both funny AND poetic!

Makes me yearn for Haiku Wednesdays (or whatever day it used to be).

Muskat:

lineup sat: cf campana, 2b barney, ss castro, 3b ramy, lf soriano, rf montanez, 1b pena, c hill, p wells
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a real leadoff hitter! and only 4 crappy veterans.

Lopez will start Monday vs. Houston and Garza will throw before Sunday's game to see if he's ready to go back into the rotation.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking...

Ronny Cedeno goes deep? Okay I'm done for today. Wow, it's not even June yet. Is it too late to get a new owner?

Tony Campana's mitt is almost as big as he is.

im sick and that involves a lot of laying around the house, but i still don't know why i keep subjecting myself to this team.

there wasn't even a shred of "good" to today's game unless you want to celebrate a few hits or the miracle of 9 innings in the field without an error.

oh yeah, k.hill caught a guy stealing. that's 2 for 12 or something like that.

It was a pathetic all-around team effort.

also...

can quade/cubs/etc quit pretending d.barney is the future and play jeff baker a bit?

Baker's been injured, which is why he hasn't been playing much the last few games. And there's plenty of guys I'd rather see Baker play over than Barney.

gotcha, thnx.

Boy, thanks for that link. I remember watching both games and being pissed.

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  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 3 min 18 sec ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 46 min 6 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 5 hours 31 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 15 hours 13 min ago view
  • 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 18 hours 11 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 18 hours 23 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 18 hours 32 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 18 hours 38 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 18 hours 56 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 19 hours 32 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 50 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 19 hours 51 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 20 hours 9 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 20 hours 17 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 21 hours 12 min ago view