Archie Bradley Shoots Broken Arrows at Cubs
Pinch-hitter Matt Jensen clubbed a two-run home run with one out in the top of the 9th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead, and the Diamondbacks held-on to edge the Cubs 5-4 in AZ Instructional League action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this afternoon.
19-year old 6’4 225 RHP Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow HS - Broken Arrow, OK) got the start for the D’backs, and threw three perfect innings with eight strikeouts. The only non-strikeout was a feeble broken bat 5-3 ground out.
I can certainly see why Bradley was the 7th overall pick in the 2011 June draft.
He is a beast.
While Bradley was calmly mowing down the Cubs, the Diamondbacks got on the board as Raywilly Gomez blasted a solo HR over the RF fence leading off the top of the 2nd inning against Cubs starting pitcher Starling Peralta.
The Cubs remained hitless into the 5th, when Reggie Golden broke-up the no-hitter (and tied the game) with a one-out gargantuan 400+ ft solo HR over the left-centerfield fence (just to the left of the “Green Monster” Batter’s Eye) onto 8th Street off D'backs RHP Juan Valdez. Then with two outs, Neftali Rosario grounded a single through the 5.5 hole into left, and Dustin Geiger smoked an RBI double off the RF fence to drive-in Rosario from 1st base with the go-ahead run. Carlos Penalver followed with a line-drive opposite-field single to right to plate Geiger, and then after Garrett Schlecht walked and Zeke DeVoss reached base on an error to load the bases, Penalver scored the fourth and final run of the inning on a WP.
The Cubs took their 4-1 lead into the 8th, but the D’backs fought back to score two in the 8th and two in the 9th.
Cubs RHRP Dustin Fitzgerald took the loss, surrendering an RBI double in the 8th (inherited runner scored - run charged to Kyler Burke) and what would prove to be the eventual game-winning two-run HR in the 9th.
The Cubs did get the tying run to 3rd base in the bottom of the 9th as Dan Vogelbach drew a one-out walk, stole 2nd base, and advanced to 3rd on an E-2 overthrow into CF. But Reggie Golden struck out and Eliecer Bonne grounded out to end the game.
Cubs hitters struck out a total of 15 times in today’s game.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Zeke DeVoss, 2B: 0-2 (K, BB, E-4, BB, SB)
2. Javier Baez, SS: 0-4 (K, P-3, K, L-7)
3. Rubi Silva, DH #1: 0-4 (5-3, 4-3, 4-3, 5-3)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #2: 0-3 (K, 3-1, K, BB, SB)
5. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-4 (K, HR, K, K, R, RBI)
6a. Taiwan Easterling, CF: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, CS)
6b. Eliecer Bonne, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Neftali Rosario, C: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
7b. Rafael Lopez, C: 0-1 (F-9)
8. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-8, R, RBI)
9. Carlos Penalver, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
10. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11b. Alberto Mineo, DH #3: 1-1 (1B)
1. Starling Peralta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 32 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Michael Jensen: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 23 pitches (11 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Tayler Scott: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 24 pitches (14 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Austin Reed: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (11 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Kyler Burke: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 25 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
6. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 32 pitches (20 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
1. P Austin Reed - E1 (overthrow on pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed base-runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. P Kyler Burke - E1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 1B Dustin Geiger - E3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)
1. Neftali Rosario: 0-1 CS
2. Rafael Lopez: 0-1 CS
RF Garrett Schlecht - runner thrown out 9-6-5 trying advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF
ATTENDANCE: 97 (mostly students & instructors from MLB Scout School)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the upper 90’s
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Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.