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
no-doubt HR towering to CF...tie game.
This site is as dead as the team.
AL pitcher hits a home run for a 1-0 lead. There goes perspective
Here are the ERAs for the last five starting pitchers:
At what point does the manager note it's not the "other pitcher"?
And why does he start Montero in the middle of a downturn?
Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.
McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.
The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.