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):
FITCH PARK FIELD #2
KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
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)
9a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
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)
KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
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
KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 1
1B Justin Marra - E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)
KANE COUNTY CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Willson Contreras: 2-2 CS
FITCH PARK FIELD #3
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
DAYTONA ERRORS: NONE
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-3 CS
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?
He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.
What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.
(All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)
Lester will probably be all right.
I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.
I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.
Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?
He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.
But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.
The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.
Yup. Thanks Q
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNekUcY-XM
I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.
First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!