Trey Heureux at Fitch Park
Trey Martin ripped two doubles and a home run, drove-in two runs, and scored three, and James Pugliese threw four innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts, leading the Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Reds in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.
Over his last four EXST appearances, Pugliese has thrown 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings, allowing ten hits and four walks, with 15 strikeouts.
1B Rock Shoulders gave-up switch-hitting this week and is now hitting only left-handed. He never could find a power-stroke from the right side, and as long as he can at least hold his own when facing LHP, it is probably better that he hit only LH. (He struck out against the two left-handers he faced today, however).
With Shoulders having given up switch-hitting, 3B Jeimer Candelario and SS Marco Hernandez are now the only switch-hitters among Cubs position players presently at Extended Spring Training. (2B Brian Inoa gave-up switch-hitting at Minor League Camp).
Here is the box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):
1. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-4 (P-5, K, 5-3, BB, P-6, SB)
2. Marco Hernandez, DH #1: 1-3 (3B, 4-U FC, BB, P-4)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-3 (K, BB, 6-4 FC, K)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, F-7, 1B)
5. Dan Vogelbach, DH #2: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, BB, K, RBI, PO)
6. Xavier Batista, LF-DH: 0-3 (F-7, 6-5 FC, BB, F-8, 2 R)
7. Trey Martin, CF: 3-4 (6-3, 2B, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI)
8a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
8b. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-1 (1B, HBP, R, 2 RBI)
9a. Justin Marra, C-DH: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, 5-3, RBI, SB)
9b. Brian Inoa, PH: 0-1 (K)
10. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, P-5, BB)
11. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 1-3 (BB, L-8, 1-3, 1B, RBI)
12a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
12b. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-2 (1B, HBP, K, R)
1. James Pugliese: 4.0 IP, 3 H. 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 54 pitches (37 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
2. Ramon Garcia: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO
3. Ryan Hartman: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (17 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
4. Bryce Shafer: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 31 pitches (18 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Justin Marra: 0-1 CS
2. Wilson Contreras: 0-2 CS
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Eduardo Gonzalez threw out baserunner 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s
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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?