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)
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


Pirates up in the 5th over Brewers, Royals up in the 6th over Twins, Marlins down in 5th to the Nationals

WC watch
Red Sox losing, Rays winning, both in the 7th

Braves (8th inning) and Cardinals(5th inning) both losing

c.pena gets walk #100

ozzie gone...has booked a flight to south florida.

The Chicago White Sox have accepted manager Ozzie Guillen's request to be released from his contract.

"We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox..." chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "I personally appreciate everything he has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago. We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life."

Guillen gone before Quade

The difference is nobody wants Q-Ball.

Can't we package a player and Quade and send them to the Marlins for free?

...and coleman breaks up the no-no with a triple (in the 6th)!

plus Campana's one out bunt with a dash of Cubbery keeps the shutout intact. Go draft choice!

Not the first time he's pulled that with a runner on third.

Doesn't bother me, it's not like he's well known for bashing 360 fly balls.

He's not known for being a good bunter either.

That's what bothers me about Campana. If he could even slap hit he'd have some value, but he swings the bat pretty poorly all around. Not even a very good bunter, as navigator points out.

Red Sox and Rays now tied with 2 games left; Cards lose in extras so they stay a game behind the Braves who lost to the Phils.

Cubs losing, Pirates winning, Royals won

Marlins lost though

How the heck did Dan Vogelbach steal a base?! I didn't think his body type was conducive to that sort of thing.

Submitted by SheffieldCornelia on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:58pm.
How the heck did Dan Vogelbach steal a base?! I didn't think his body type was conducive to that sort of thing


SHEFF: It might have been a hit & run. Golden swung & missed, and then the Diamondbacks catcher (Fidel Pena) made a really bad throw to 2nd base that ended up in right-center or else Vogelbach would have been out. (Vogelbach advanced to 3rd on the overthrow).

While he is not fast, Vogelbach runs OK for a guy his size. He runs hard (that is, with a lot of hustle and effort). I would compare him to a "pulling guard" in football.

There's a video on youtube of him being timed (probably on the 40) during the HR contest showcase thing. He can move a lot faster than you'd think.

We'll see how fast he is in 5 years.

I believe with tonight's loss, the Cubs can do no worse than the 9th pick in the draft, currently tied for 5th and own the tiebreaker at the moment.

A Cubs loss and a Royals win tomorrow I believe would clinch them the 5th spot or some combo thereof over the last 2 games.

38-game getting on-base streak continues

Quade (Gaub for Ortiz after a two-out single in the 8th, really?) finally does something right.

Juan Valdez now is pitching for the D-backs? And I thought he just grew tasty coffee beans.

Sandberg reconciliation article, without much substance other than Ricketts man crush on #23, from Wittenmeyer...

Sox next manager might be Dave Martinez. If Cubs hire Ryno next year, the BP Cup might have to be renamed the Corn Dress Cup.

Sox next manager might be Dave Martinez. If Cubs hire Ryno next year, the BP Cup might have to be renamed the Corn Dress Cup.

Or The Cindy Sandberg Memorial.

Is she dead?

Corn Dress Cup=Cindy Sandberg

scarier thought, White Sox hire Ryno.

Looking like Alomar jr

Doesn't he have the HIV?

wrong Alomar...but, if he did, why couldn't he manage?

No reason he couldn't I suppose? Not sure a team would want to sign up for a manager who is going to miss a bunch of games though. Or a guy who will likely have sizable medical bills going forward for that matter.

Not sure a team would want to sign up for a manager who is going to miss a bunch of games though.

Not sure why he would miss a bunch of games. It obviously depends on the status of his