Angels Victory a Saturday in the Park
Trey Martin singled twice, walked, stole two bases, drove-in a run and scored another, Dong Yub Kim singled and doubled and knocked-in two runs, and Danny Lockhart and Justin Marra belted back-to-back RBI triples, but it wasn’t enough as the Angels scored five runs in the top of the 2nd inning and cruised to a 9-5 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.
20-year old South African RHP Tayler Scott (Cubs 2011 5th round pick out of Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, AZ) had his third rough outing in a row, allowing five runs on seven hits (including a double and a triple) and a walk without retiring a batter in the top of the 2nd inning, after a five-pitch 1-2-3 top of the 1st inning.
While the Cubs were playing the Angels on Field #3, RHPs Su-Min Jung (control issues), David Cales (2011 shoulder surgery rehab), and Arturo Maltos-Garcia (July 2011 TJS rehab) faced-off in a three-inning “sim” game on Field #2, with Cub position players who were not in the starting lineup on Field #3 providing the opposition.
Here is the box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):
1. Trey Martin, CF: 2-3 (1B, 6-4 FC, 1B, BB, R, RBI, 2 SB)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 1-4 (F-9, P-5, 1B, P-2)
3a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (F-9)
3b. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-3 (2-3, 3B, K, R, RBI)
4a. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-2 (K-WP, 1B, SB)
4b. Justin Marra, C: 1-2 (3B, K, RBI)
5a. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, K)
5b. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (3-U, L-5, 1-3, 2B)
7. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-4 (F-7, 4-3, P-6, F-8)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-4 (K, 6-3, K, F-9)
9. Dustin Geiger, DH #1: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, 6-3, R)
10a. Garrett Schlecht, DH #2: 0-1 (P-5, BB, R)
10b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU THE BATTING ORDER
11b. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #3: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
1. Tayler Scott: 1.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 37 pitches (20 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of the 2nd inning was stopped with bases loaded and no outs after Scott threw his 32nd pitch of the inning
2. Matt Spencer: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 45 pitches (21 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of the 4th inning was stopped with one out and bases loaded after Spencer reached his max pitch limit
3. Alvido Jimenez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 35 pitches (24 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
4. Bryce Shafer: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 28 pitches (16 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 1
P Bryce Shafer - E-1 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Justin Marra: 1 PO
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures 100+
Meanwhile on the SouthSide
For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?