Cubs Take Two from Giants at Indian School Park
Xavier Batista blasted a three-run home run and an RBI double and Trey Martin singled twice, doubled, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in another, leading one squad of Cubs to a 10-3 victory over one squad of Giants on Field #1, and Rock Shoulders drilled a two-run single in the top of the 1st and six Cub pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout as the other squad of Cubs blanked the other squad of Giants 3-0 on Field #2, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split squad doubleheader played this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.
Several pitchers who spent the 2011 season in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) made their U. S. game debut for the Cubs today, including 19-year old Mexican RHP Javier Castro, 19-year old Venezuelan soft-tossing LHP Augusto Colina, 6’6 20-year old Dominican RHP Jorge Diaz, and 21-year old Venezuelan RHP Loiger Padron. All of the new guys pitched OK, although Colina did give up a solo HR to the first man he faced (second pitch) in the bottom of the 4th.
Since all Extended Spring Training statistics are unofficial anyway, I have also included the Cubs stats from yesterday’s game versus the Giants at Fitch Park that was rained out in the bottom of the 1st inning.
So here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today in Scottsdale (Cubs players only), plus the Cubs stats from yesterday’s game versus the Giants at Fitch Park that was rained out in the bottom of the 1st inning:
FITCH PARK FIELD #3 - MESA:
CUBS PLAYERS WHO BATTED PRIOR TO RAIN-OUT
Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-1 (P-4)
Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-0 (BB)
CUBS PITCHER (TOP OF THE 1st INNING ONLY):
Rob Whitenack: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 11 pitches (9 strikes), 3/0 GO
INDIAN SCHOOL PARK – SCOTTSDALE
CUBS SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 3-5 (5-3, 1B+E6, E-3, 2B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-5 (1B, 4-3, 6-3, FC, F-8, R)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 2-5 (1-3, K, 1B, 2B, K, 2 R, RBI)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-4 (3-U, P-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (K, P-6, 2B, K, R, RBI)
6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (3-U, K, 1B, 3B, R, RBI, SB)
7. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, K, L-9, SB)
8. Trevor Gretzky, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, BB, 1B, 4-3)
9. Kevin Encarnacion, LF: 1-4 (3-U, F-8, 4-6 FC, 1B, R, PO)
10a. Mark Malave, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, K)
10b. Wilfredo Petit, PH-DH: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3)
CUBS SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. Tayler Scott: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 50 pitches (33 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Augusto Colina: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 28 pitches (18 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Jorge Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 26 pitches (14 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Loiger Padron: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 20 pitches (18 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
5. Felix Pena: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
CUBS SQUAD “A” ERRORS: 4:
1. RF Xavier Batista - E-9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (throwing error on attempted force-play allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely)
3. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. P Jorge Diaz - E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd base)
CUBS SQUAD “A” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 0-2 CS
CUBS SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-3 (BB, P-4, F-8, P-4, R)
2a. Pierre LePage, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, 6-3, R)
2b. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (3-U, HBP, 6-3, 1B)
4. Rock Shoulders, DH-1B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-7, K, 2 RBI)
5a. Anthony Giansanti, C: 2-2 (BB, 3B, 1B, R)
5b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-1 (K)
6. Brian Inoa, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 3-U, 1B)
7. Ryan Durrence, 1B-DH: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-4-3 DP)
8. Danny Lockhart, 3B-2B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, 5-3, P-6)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, 3-1)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, 6-3)
CUBS SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 29 pitches (19 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Javier Castro: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12 pitches (10 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 10 pitches (7 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Luis Villalba: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
6. Roderik Pichardo: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (12 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Pichardo’s outing was stopped in bottom of add-on inning once he reached 14 pitches
CUBS SQUAD “B” ERRORS: 1
RF Yasiel Balaguert – E-9 (fielding error on line drive single allowed batter to take an extra base)
CUBS SQUAD “B” OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Yasiel Balaguert threw out baserunner 9-5 trying to advance to 3rd base on single to RF
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
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.
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.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
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.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
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.
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.
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."
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