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
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.
"they just fade away"
(Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)
Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.
I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.
AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?
He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.
Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.
I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.
I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).
Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.
"What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "
As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.
Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.
Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer
-0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...
-3 WAR projected over the course of a season.
the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.
Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.
i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).
i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.
I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.
he's a righty (a 27 year old one that's going to be 28 before spring training starts) that throws low 90s with a low-80s slider. that's as ordinary as it gets for a righty reliever.