Ha Gets Last Laugh at Fitch Park

Matt Loosen retired the first ten men he faced and combined with three relievers to throw a four hitter and Jae-Hoon Ha reached base five times on two walks and three singles (including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th), as the Tennessee Smokies edged the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #2, and Barret Loux threw five shutout innings and Scott Hairston singled twice, walked, and smacked a solo HR, helping the Iowa Cubs defeat the Sacramento River Cats (A's AAA affiliate) 3-1 on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Hairston was signed by the Cubs during the off-season after hitting 263/299/504 with 20 HR and 25 doubles in 134 games for the New York Mets in 2012, but he is hitting only 176/208/373 with 18 K in 53 PA so far in 18 Cactus League games. So to help him maybe get into a groove, the Cubs sent Hairston to Fitch Park today where he got eight Plate Appearances, leading off for the Iowa Cubs in each inning.

For the day, Hairston went 3-7 with two singles, a HR, and a walk, two strikeouts (one looking and one swinging), a 6-3 ground out, and a P-4 pop out. He hit his HR in last last AB of the day.

Mark Malave and Anthony Prieto got called up from the Boise/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training) and played in the Tennessee game.  

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


1. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 2-2 (1B, BB, BB, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
2. Roni Torreyes, DH #1: 1-5 (3-U, E-6, 1B, 6-3, L-4, RBI, CS)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 1-4 (1B, K, 1-3, F-7, RBI)
4. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, K, 2B, K)
5. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-2 (BB, F-8, 6-3, BB)
6. Rafael Lopez, DH-C: 1-3 (2B, K, BB, K)
7. Evan Crawford, LF: 1-4 (K, 4-3, F-8, 1B, R, SB)
8. Elliot Soto, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, 5-3, E-1, 2 R)
9a. Luis Flores, C-DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B)
9b. Matt Szczur, PH: 0-1 (K)
10. Mark Malave, 3B: 1-4 (1B, 4-6-3 DP, F-7, K)
11a. Matt Loosen, P: 0-0 (1-4 SH)

1. Matt Loosen: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 56 pitches (36 strikes), 7/5 GO/FO
2. David Cales: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 16 pitches (10 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. A. J. Morris: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 32 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Anthony Prieto: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (10 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO


Rafael Lopez: 1 PB


X. Scott Hairston, DH #1; 3-7 (BB, 6-3, 1B, K, K, 1B, P-4, HR, 2 R, RBI)
NOTE: Hairston batted eight times, leading-off each inning
1. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (K, E-8, K)
2. Logan Watkins, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-9, K)
3. Josh Vitters, 3B: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B)
4. Justin Bour, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
5. Brad Nelson, DH #2: 1-3 (L-6, K, 2B)
6. Ty Wright, LF: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B, R)
7. Michael Brenly, C: 1-3 (1B, F-9, K)
8. Johermyn Chavez, RF: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, K, RBI)
9. Rubi Silva, CF: 0-3 (F-7, K, 5-3)
10. Chad Noble, DH #3: 0-2 (K, 6-4 FC)
11. Barret Loux, P: 0-0 (3-U SH)

1. Barret Loux: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 56 pitches (38 strikes), 5/7 7/5 GO/FO
2. Marcus Hatley: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches (19 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
3. Rafael Dolis: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 23 pitches (12 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
4. Frank Batista: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO



WEATHER: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the 80's



As far as I can determine, the following players were released last weekend:

INF Dustin Harrington, RHP Ty'Relle Harris, 1B Paul Hoilman, RHP Jay Jackson, and OF Nelson Perez 

These five have disappeared and probably were released:

RHP Jason Berken, OF Eliecer Bonne, RHP Carlos Martinez, LHP Matt Spencer, and RHP Scott Weismann  

It is possible that Bonne and/or C. Martinez might have been loaned to a team in the Mexican League. The Cubs have done that with Cuban defectors in the past.  


Another piece of punny headline genius!

Best Headline.

AZP - Best headline of the Spring. Up there in top 5 for last year, imo! Ha! Indeed...

I see what you did there.

How typical is it for an organization to do this, to send a guy with a secure spot on the 25-man roster to a minor-league game in order to get as many AB as possible?

TRANS: It's not that unusual for a big league position player to DH in a minor league Spring Training game and get one AB per inning, but it is unusual to do it once each inning for eight innings. Usually the player will get four or five AB and then go home.

Thank you!  I couldn't recall of hearing of something quite that extensive...  Wonder if it's Sveum just being a bit innovative, or signs of some deeper concern.

aaron hill (ARZ) HBP on the hand and leaves game...a few batters through the lineup later, w.bloomquist takes a funny swing and has to leave the game.

bad night at the plate for ARZ through 3 innings.

ninja 5ip 5h 0bb 4k 1er

...and c.marmol stinks up the place...and it would have been far worse on his numbers without an error.

0ip 4h 1bb 0k (6r, 3er)

1.86 ERA in 9.2ip...to...4.66 ERA in 9.2ip

9.2ip 9h 8bb 4k on the spring.

Nice headline on MLB.com:
"Repeat will be no cake walk for Reds ~
The Reds are favorites to repeat as NL Central champs, but the Cards, Pirates and Brewers could each put up a fight."

But what about the Cubs, they could...oh nevermind.

AzPhil, I may have a first, a question you haven't gotten before.....

What were you wearing today??

Due to some spotty internets, I unfortunately wasn't able to pre-coordinate, but I got my first true Fitch experience today. Super bummed I didn't get to shake your hand, but man, it's like the coolest thing ever! Only thing I can compare it to is being in Hollywood for the Golden Globes (the Academy would've been seeing the big boys that close-up). I didn't get many autos (actually, just nabbed Bill Buckner's when he sat next to me on Field 3) but what a great day.

I haven't been on here in awhile, but thanks much for the Fitch reports, and keep 'em coming!

PS, I'd try to see you tomorrow but we're headed out of town back toward home :(

Several pitchers were moved down at Minor League Camp this week:

Iowa to Tennessee: Alberto Cabrera, Eric Jokisch and Tony Zych

Tennessee to Daytona: Eduardo Figueroa and P.J. Francescon

Daytona to Kane County: Lendy Castillo, Gerardo Concepcion, Eddie Orozco, and Felix Pena

Kane County to Boise/Mesa: Matt Iannazzo

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