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+
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)