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
Ryan Pace has a reputation as a good judge of talent. Head coach is known for the D side of the ball. D coordinator Fangio known for fitting guys in to spots that best utilize their skills. I'm for seeing how it plays out. I assume their had to be some consensus among those 3 about who to take.
Also I'm for letting the Cubs catch up to the Hawks in victory parades before Theo takes on outside projects.
RIZZ! unf...8th inning lead.
we might have seen another inning of lester out there if he didn't throw 30 pitches last inning because of a base throwing issue...on a day where he's very tuned in.
i've accepted what's happening with lester, but turning a double play into 0 outs is noteworthy even if some people don't want to be reminded of it.
A lot of batters simply can't bunt is one problem.
I'm pretty sure there is not a single person ignoring it at this point In all of baseball and it's a thing everyone is talking about.
That said he also managed to get out of a bases loaded, zero outs situation with no runs given up and that is something very few pitchers could do and it wasn't just because of a few balls called strikes. So....Let's not just talk about Lester when there are throwing issues because there has been a lot more good than bad just this game let alone this year.
there's nothing anyone can do about anything going on out there. i don't even post every one he fumbles into. i also post about HRs and other crap. it's happening, good or bad things are happening.
this is an interesting thing to me. just because it's a negative thing doesn't make it "woah."
we had 1000000000 posts about leadoff men and 2nd batters during the dusty years when everyone knew speed leads and contact-with-low-Ks hits 2nd. we all knew what's up. some people talked about it.
Have I mentioned how much I love TLS?
Guess I should have waited to post that.
Ignore it? You talk about it all the time. I'm sure the rest of the board notices, but just doesn't feel the need to harp on it. It is not like we can do anything about it anyway.
that's an interesting leap.
so, we ignore the thing that keeps happening and if one chooses to not ignore it then one obviously wants to replace him with dan harren.
it's fair game. the guy, on multiple occasions, puts the team in 4+ out innings because a guy who throws a ball for a living can't throw to a base. it's not like this happened once or twice or three times or four times or...
There goes Ross' ASG prospects...
unique curiosity is a good description...
he has a lot of 4-5 out innings. this is at least the 2nd time he's turned a double play ball into 0 outs just this year that i've noticed and he's got a slew of "4-out" innings under his belt, too.
and 1.83 ERA
Cubs should trade him, get a worse pitcher that loses games instead but can make a throw to 1b.
Agreed, but like with Garza, I am surprised that more managers don't try an exploit a clear weakness.
not sure either, but in most cases I imagine someone else can field it. And if you bunt it directly at him, he would have enough time to underhand toss it or just run it over?
Today's bunt, he really, really didn't want to field it. Not sure if he lost it in his glove after that or just wasn't going to make the throw. It's not ideal obviously, yet still hasn't had any real impact on the team.
well, how long do keep pretending that a bunt hit well back to the pitcher that would be a double play for many pitchers isn't a "thing"? it's a story. it's not like it's a physical defect people are picking on.
no one gave chuck knoblauch a pass when he lost the ability to throw a ball to 1st.
it's a unique curiosity for a guy who throws a ball on a professional level for a living.
CB Bucknor behind the plate...he is and will continue to always be awful.
Not sure why teams don't bunt more often against him.