Brett Jackson Gets Back into Action at Fitch Park

Brett Jackson singled twice, walked, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Zeke DeVoss smacked a solo HR, but it wasn't enough as the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) defeated the Daytona Cubs 5-3 on Field #3, and Oliver Zapata knocked-in three runs with two run-scoring triples, Yasiel Balaguert doubled twice, Carlos Penalver walked and tripled, scored two runs, and kocked-in one, and Gioskar Amaya singled, tripled, stole a base, scored a run, and collected an RBI, helping the Kane County Cougars beat the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) 6-3 on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Jackson saw his first game action since being sidelined with a sore shoulder ten days ago, and worked as a DH in the Daytona game. He went 2-5 with two singles, a walk, a ground out, and two fly outs in six Plate Appearances, batting once in each of the first six innings. It's still possible that B-Jax could start the season on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL, but he didn't show any difficulty swinging the bat today. Of course whether he can throw without pain is another issue altogether.

Iowa SP Nick Struck was left behind at Fitch Park while his I-Cubs teammates traveled to Tempe to play Salt Lake (the Angels AAA affiliate in the PCL), and the right-hander got four AB between the two games. His job was to lay down a bunt in a sacrifice situation, and he was successful all four times. (The DH is used at all times in "A" ball, Short-season, Rookie, and Latin Rookie leagues, but the AA and AAA leagues use the DH only when an American League affiliate is playing a home game, so I-Cubs and Tennessee Smokies pitchers have to be able to handle the bat).

Erick Castillo, Ethan Elias, James Pugliese, and Jasvir Rakkar were temporarily moved-up from the Boise/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training), and each of them saw action (E. Castillo, Elias, and Pugliese with Kane County, and Rakkar with Daytona).

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


1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 2-4 (3-U, 3B, 3B, K, R, 3 RBI)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 1-3, 2B, K, R, RBI, SB)
3. Marco Hernandez, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, 3-U, 6-5 FC, 1B, RBI, SB, PO)
4. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, F-9, BB)
5a. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 1-3)
5b. Justin Marra, 1B: 0-1 (K)
6a. Willson Contreras, C: 0-3 (F-7, P-6, 1-3)
6b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, 3-U, 1-3, R)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 2-3 (F-8, 2B, 2B, R)
9b. Nick Struck, DH #2: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
9c. Lance Rymel, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (BB, 3B, 6-3, 2 R, RBI)

1. Brian Smith: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 45 pitches (27 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. James Pugliese: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 46 pitches (28 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 43 pitches (29 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Ethan Elias: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 32 pitches (16 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Game was stopped with two outs in top of 9th when Elias reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the inning

1B Justin Marra - E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)

Willson Contreras: 2-2 CS


X-1. Brett Jackson, DH #1; 2-5 (1B, 3-1, 1B, F-7, F-9, BB, R, RBI)
NOTE: Jackson batted six times, hitting third in the 1st & 4th innings, and first in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings
X-2 Nick Struck, DH #2: 0-0 (5-4 SH, 3-4 SH, 3-U SH)
NOTE: Struck batted three times, hitting fifth in the 1st inning, and second in the 3rd & 6th innings
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF-DH: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, CI-E2, 4-3)
2. Tim Saunders, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, BB, L-7, R, SB)
3a. Steve Bruno, 2B: 1-2 (1B, 5-3 DP)
3b. Anthony Giansanti, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, 1-3)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, K)
4b. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-1 (L-8)
5. Taiwan Easterling, RF: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, K)
6a. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, PO)
6b. Taylor Davis, C: 0-1 (5-3)
7a. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-2 (F-7, 4-3)
7b. Reggie Golden, LF: 0-1 (K)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (F-9, F-8, K)
9. Zeke DeVoss, DH-CF: 2-3 (HR, 1B+E5, 6-3, R, RBI)

1. Ben Wells: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 56 pitches (39 strikes), 7/1 GO/FO
2. Sheldon McDonald: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 38 pitches (25 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
3. Joe Zeller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Larry Suarez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 21 pitches (10 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO


Yaniel Cabezas: 0-3 CS


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's



Juan Carlos update:

Him and the government can't seem to figure out his name or when he was born yet

Muskat link in the TCR twitter box says Cory Wade didn't make the team (no surprise there). So it's Takahashi, Moscoso or some new waiver wire person for the last roster spot.

I assume Putnam also won't be starting in Chicago.

s.feldman only gives up 2 runs through 1ip.

...i think that's good for him.

Feldman wearing #89, 86'd his game, and looks like 69 out there.

single, triple, single and Feldman is losing...I didn't have enough time to blink.

Dioner avoids double plays about as well as his appearance would suggest.

Dinner Navarro

Diner Navarro--not quite as big as a full-size restaurant.

call me anything but late for dinner

s.feldman only gives up 4 runs through 2ip.

...i think that's good for him.

gives up 4er in 2ip...ERA goes up by less than 1 point. spring can't end soon enough for him.

Now a leadoff HR to Moustakas in the 3rd. Fugly.
Now back-to-back to Perez. Fuglier.

make it back to back...neat.

s.feldman only gives up 6 runs through 3ip.

...i think that's good for him.

phew, stranded a runner at 3rd after giving up a double with 0 outs after back to back homers

into the 4th...another leadoff homer.

only a leadoff single to start the 5th...already improving.

...and he's done with 2 on after 4.1 ip

4.1ip 12h 1bb 4k (7er)

scott "thank god spring training is over" feldman's final spring stats...

20ip 38h 6bb 17k 11.25era

There are no atheists with ERAs over 10.00.

fwiw, s.clevenger is playing 3rd tonight.

As the Royals announcers go on and on about how valuable Luke Hochevar can be as a reliever, Schierholtz lines a sharp single to center on a hanging curve, and DeJesus rips a run-scoring double to right-center. Valbuena hits one in about the same spot as DeJesus on the next pitch, another run scores.  8-4  Rizzo walks on four pitches. 

Soriano fists a fastball over shortstop, scoring Valbuena.  8-5.  Hairston flies out to the warning track in left on an 0-2 pitch. Fastball down the middle, just did miss it.  The Diner rips a double down the line in right, scoring Rizzo and Soriano.  8-7.  Hochevar's gone from serving up hanging curves to fat fastballs.

tie game, top 9!

game over after 10 innings...9-9 tie.

Dong Yub Kim pinch runs for Dioner Navarro.  Aarow Crow relieves Hochevar.  K's Lillibridge looking.

Also:  Dong Yub Kim.



where is my automobile?


Wha's happenin, hot stuff?

[edit] Nevermind...I figured it out.
[double edit] I was trying to figure out the spelling of his name in Hangul (Korean)...but couldn't find it anywhere.

I deleted the post, because I wanted to know it for as silly reason:
"Dong" is one way to write the korean word for "poop" in English, but pronounced with a long "o" like "home". But then I remembered that "Dong" is a common Korean name and is written with one Hangul "D", but "poop" is written with a Ddong. But in English we'd usually eliminate the extra d in transliteration. Anywho, I wanted to know if his name was Dong (rhymes with long) or Dong (long o) I'd know if I should be making pooh or wiener jokes. To a Korean it wouldn't be funny, but to me it looks like wiener and sounds like poop. I'm a grown-up, by the way.

Well, I'm pretty slow on the uptake tonight -- you figured what out?


I don't get it.


Not as often as I want.

Thank you, crunch!

ah.  Never saw Sixteen Candles.

I did but it was a looooooooong time ago (like right when it first came out) -- and that particular scene just didn't stay with me. However, I clearly remember Anthony Michael Hall holding up the pair of Molly Ringwald's panties to the amazement of his geeky friends.

No more yanking my wanky!

Oh, dear god.

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