Diamondbacks Court Disaster for Cubs at Fitch Park
Dundee-Crown HS alum Ryan Court reached base five times on two doubles, a single, and two walks, leading the Diamondbacks to an 11-4 drubbing of the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.
D'backs Stephen Drew (2011 broken ankle rehab) arrived at Fitch Park after the game started and played the middle three innings at shortstop, batting once each in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings.
Facing LHP Hunter Ackerman, Drew walked in the 4th, grounded out 4-3 in the 5th, and reached base on an HBP in the 6th. He also committed a fielding error at SS in the bottom of the 5th that eventually resulted in an unearned run scoring for the Cubs.
SS Junior Lake (back injury suffered during Spring Training) continued his EXST rehab in today's game, playing shortstop for all nine innings (started one DP and was the middle-man in another) and batting once each in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th innings.
Lake went 1-6, grounding out 6-3 in the 1st, flying out F-8 in the 2nd, flying out F-9 in the 3rd, flying out F-7 in the 4th (near-HR caught up against the LF fence), reached base on the Stephen Drew E-6 error in the 5th before stealing second and scoring on a Yasiel Balaguert double, and (finally) lining a single to left in the 8th.
In three EXST games this week since returning to action, Lake is 3-17 with a double, a walk, four strikeouts, three runs scored, and two stolen bases (one CS). He has not made an error.
None of the Cubs pitchers were effective today, but LHP Brian Smith really had an outing to forget, allowing eight baserunners (four hits and four walks, plus a wild pitch) without recording an out.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cub players only):< /p>
X. Junior Lake, SS: 1-6 (6-3, F-8, F-9, F-7, E-6, 1B, R, SB)
NOTE: Lake batted six times, once in each of the first five innings, and once in the 8th inning
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-3 (P-6, BB, F-7, F-7)
2a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
2b. Brian Inoa, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, 6-4-3 DP, R)
3a. Javier Baez, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, 5-4 FC, HBP, SB, CS)
3b. Kevin Encarnacion, PH: 0-0 (BB)
4. Rock Shoulders, DH #3: 0-4 (K, 6-4 FC, K, K)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, K, R, RBI)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-2 (BB, L-6, BB, F-8, R)
7. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (F-8, K, 1B, P-5)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 6-4-3 DP, K, 2 RBI)
9a. Anthony Giansanti, C: 1-2 (BB, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
9b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (K)
10. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-2 (K, HBP, K)
1. Starling Peralta: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 58 pitches (37 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Hunter Ackerman: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 47 pitches (23 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
3. Brian Smith: 0.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 29 pitches (9 strikes)
NOTE: Top of the 6th was stopped with two outs and runners at 2nd & 3rd when Smith reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the inning, and top of the 7th was stopped with bases loaded & no outs when Smith reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the game
4. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 46 pitches (25 strikes), 0/4 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Jair Bogaerts - E-5 (throwing error on attempted 5-2 force-out at home allowed unearned run to score)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Anthony Giansanti: 0-3 CS, 1 PB
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
1. LF Yasiel Balaguert - threw out runner 7-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a line single to left
2. RF Xavier Batista - threw out runner 9-2 trying to score on fly out to RF
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
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The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.
Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.
Thanks for the reporting Phil.
He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.
Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.
And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.
I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.
Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.
Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.
I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.
The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.
I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable
Did you expect anything different?
Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?
men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.
cubs lose :(
UH OH! RALLY TIME!
Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce
Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.
The use of Peralta in any
semblance of a high leveragesituation is questionable at best.
fixed that for ya.
The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.