Travis Wood Cracks Nuts at Fitch Park
Travis Wood threw five innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts, Steve Bruno singled and doubled, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Wes Darvill tripled, walked twice, drove-in a run, and scored a run, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies Hi-A affiliate) on Field #3, and Gioskar Amaya singled, doubled, tripled, and scored three runs, Marco Hernandez drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, and Rony Rodriguez slugged a solo home run over the LF fence and onto Center Street, as the Kane County Cougars and the Asheville Tourists (Rockies Lo-A affiliate) played to a ten-inning 6-6 tie on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Since the Cubs had the day off, Travis Wood took a ride down Center Street to Fitch Park and got his scheduled work in a minor league game. And Wood was outstanding, too, throwing five innings (81 pitches) of three-hit shutout ball with eight strikeouts. And when he wasn't punching-out opposing hitters, he was getting lots of ground balls (7/0 GO/FO). In addition to surrendering three hits (a double and two singles), Wood also issued two walks. He had one high-pitch inning (the 25-pitch 2nd), but he also struck out the side in that inning.
Micah Gibbs (considered to be the Cubs best receiver) was left behind at Fitch Park to be Wood's catcher (Gibbs is presently assigned to the Iowa squad, and the I-Cubs had a road game today).
Also, AA Tennessee RHP Eduardo Figueroa threw two innings in the Kane County game.
Cub brass (Epstein, Hoyer, Bush, et al) was in attendance at Fitch Park today, too (probably because Travis Wood was throwing there), and they got a good look at some of the Cubs youngsters as well.
As usual, players from the Boise/Mesa squad (which will eventually be the Extended Spring Training squad) provided most of the mid-game replacements for Kane County and Daytona, after completing their mid-day workout on Field #4.
1B Jose Dore (acquired from SD yesterday for a PTBNL or cash) made his Cub debut on Field #2, going 0-1 with a fly out. He also committed a costly fielding error at 1st base that led to two unearned runs scoring, and allowed the Tourists to tie the game after trailing 6-1 at one point.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
FITCH PARK FIELD #2
KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-4 (K, K, K, HBP, 5-3)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 3-3 (2B, 3B, 1B, 3 R)
2b. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-2 (4-6-3 DP, 3B)
3a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-8 SF, 4-3, 2 RBI, CS)
3b. Jeffrey Baez, LF: 0-2 (5-3, P-4)
4a. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, K)
4b. Jose Dore, 1B: 0-1 (F-9)
5a. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 2B, R, RBI)
5b. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-1 (K)
6. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-3 (HBP, F-8, 2B, 4-3, RBI)
7. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 1-3 (BB, HR, F-9, K, R, RBI)
8a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (K, 3B, F-7, R)
8b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (K)
9a. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-1 (4-3, F-9 SF, RBI)
9b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (BB, L-6)
KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
1. Brian Smith: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (13 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Loiger Padron: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 33 pitches (17 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Eduardo Figueroa: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 39 pitches (24 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
5. Matt Iannazzo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (12 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 3
1. C Wilfredo Petit - E-2 - overthrow on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd
2. 3B Ben Carhart - E-5 - fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely
3. 1B Jose Dore - E-3 - fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score
KANE COUNTY CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilfredo Petit: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Erick Castillo: 1-4 CS
FITCH PARK FIELD #3
1a. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 0-1 (E-4, BB, R, CS)
1b. Bobby Buckner, PH-RF: 0-2 (K, K)
2a. Steve Bruno, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 2B, R, RBI)
2b. David Bote, PH-3B: 0-2 (1-3, 5-3)
3. Anthony Giansanti, 3B-2B: 2-4 (2B, F-8, 5-3, 1B, RBI, CS)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, P-4, R)
4b. Jesse Hodges, 1B: 0-0 (BB)
5a. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, K, RBI)
5b. Willson Contreras, C: 0-1 (K)
6a. Oliver Zapata, CF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, 5-3)
6b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
7. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-9, R, PO)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-2 (BB, 3B, 5-3, BB, R, RBI, CS)
9. Xavier Batista, DH: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, RBI, CS)
1. Travis Wood: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 81 pitches (51 strikes), 7/0 GO/FO
2. Michael Jensen: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 37 pitches (29 strikes), 5/3 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 24 pitches (14 strikes)
DAYTONA ERRORS: NONE
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Willson Contreras: 1 PB
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy and warm with temperatures in the 80's
The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...