Trey & Whitey Toast the Brew Crew
Trey Martin belted a bases-loaded triple and Kevin Encarnacion crushed a two-run triple to highlight a nine-run 3rd, Jeimer Candelario doubled twice, walked, and drove-in a run, and Rob Whitenack threw six strong innings, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits (all singles), with no walks and seven strikeouts, to help the Cubs cruise past the Brewers 12-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Maryvale Baseball Complex Field #7 (AKA “Paul Molitor Field”) in Phoenix, AZ.
The nine-run Cub 3rd lasted about 30 minutes and was unusual for an Extended Spring Training game because the opposing manager will usually stop the inning (“ROLL IT!”) before it can get that far. But the Brewers made a pitching change mid-inning, so the scoring continued unabated.
Trailing 1-0 after two innings of play, Trey Martin led-off the top of the 3rd by drawing a walk. Wilfredo Petit then bounced a chopper to the first baseman, who made an erant throw to 2nd atempting to force Martin. Kevin Encarnacion followed Petit and made the Brew Crew pay for the error, smashing a triple off the LF fence to drive-in Martin and Petit. Encarnacion scored on an Eduardo Gonzalez ground ball RBI single through the box, and then Gonzalez stole 2nd and scored when Carlos Penalver blooped an RBI double into short CF. Jeimer Candelario ripped an RBI double into the RF corner to plate Penalver, and Xavier Batista was hit by a pitch and Wilson Contreras reached base on an E-6 to load the bases, still with no outs. After Neftali Rosario struck out and Danny Lockhart bounced into a 3-2 FC at home, Trey Martin unloaded the biggest hit of the inning, a bases-clearing two-out three-run triple over the centerfielder’s head to make the score 8-1. Martin scored the 9th run of the inning on a WP a moment later, his second run scored in the inning.
Rob Whitenack was a strike-throwing machine today (56 pitches - 45 strikes), and when the Brewers did put a bat on the ball, they mostly beat ground balls into the dirt (8/3 GO/FO).
Rehabbing from June 2011 TJS, Whitenack has been outstanding so far at EXST:
.196 Opp BA
28.0 IP, 19 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 26 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 2 GIDP
I doubt that "Whitey" will be staying down here much longer.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):
1a. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI, SB)
1b. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-1 (2B, R)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-5 (6-3, 2B, F-9, F-9, K, R, RBI)
3a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-3 (2B, 2B, BB, F-9, RBI)
3b. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (E-5)
4a. Xavier Batista, 1B-DH: 0-2 (K, HBP, BB, K, R)
4b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
5a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST THREE TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
5b. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 0-2 (L-5, E-5)
6. Wilson Contreras, DH #1: 1-5 (6-3, E-6, K, 1B, 4-3, 2 R)
7. Neftali Rosario, DH-C: 1-5 (F-8, K, K, 2B, 4-3)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-5 (4-3, 3-2 FC, 4-3, 3-1, F-8, R, RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 1-4 (BB, 3B, K, K, F-9, 2 R, 3 RBI)
10. Wilfredo Petit, C-DH: 0-2 (FC, BB, 4-3, HBP, 2 R)
11. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (3B, HBP, 4-3, F-7, R, 2 RBI)
1. Rob Whitenack: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 56 pitches (45 strikes), 8/3 GO/FO
2. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Matt Spencer: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 21 pitches (15 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Carlos Martinez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 14 pitches (7 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 1
2B Danny Lockhart - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and a bit breezy, with temperatures 100+
I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.
My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.
And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):
i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.
there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.
I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.
O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already.
I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.
I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.
Enjoyable read on David Ross.
Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.