Cubs Bats Wake Up & Decide to Whip Giants
Brad Zapenas (2012 shoulder surgery rehab) doubled, tripled, drove-in three runs, and scored two more, Jeffrey Baez ripped a two-run double, singled, walked twice, and scored a run, and Rashad Crawford hammered a bases-loaded three-run triple, leading one squad of Cubs to a 13-7 victory over one squad of Giants on Field #3 (formerly known as Field #2), and Rony Rodriguez belted a bases-loaded three-run double, singled, and scored a run, and Justin Marra laced a two-run double, walked, and scored twice, as the other squad of Cubs defeated the other squad of Giants 7-4 on Field #4 (formerly known as Field #3), in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played Tuesday morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game on Field #3 was called after five innings because the Giants and Cubs ran out of available pitchers (and also because it took about three hours to play the five innings and the Giants bus was ready to leave for Scottsdale).
Cubs 2010 2nd round pick Reggie Golden, who came into the game in an 0-20 skid and hitting just 045/276/091 (his only hit was a double on EXST Opening Day three weeks ago last Monday), belted an RBI double high off the CF Batter's Eye ("Green Monster") in the bottom of the 1st inning on Field #3. Golden missed most of the 2012 season after suffering two torn knee ligaments in a game at Peoria last April, and he has really struggled to get into any kind of a groove. Although he has been in a deep slump, he still somehow manages to draw a lot of walks (in fact he leads the team in BB).
Two Cubs pitchers suffered injuries in the doubleheader. RHSP Erick Leal (who was sailing along with a one-hitter on Field #4) sustained what appeared to be a right ankle injury prior to the start of the 4th inning and was subsequently helped to a golf cart and driven to the clubhouse, and just a few minutes later RHRP Daniel Adrian landed awkwardly on his left leg while tagging out a runner trying to score from 3rd base on a WP on Field #3 (the runner was out, and it was a really nifty play by Adrian, too) and was on the ground for several minutes before being carried off the field and transported to the clubhouse via golf cart. Adrian's injury did not look too good.
In EXST Cubs roster news, 3B-1B Josh Vitters has completed his rehab assignment and has returned toi the Iowa Cubs. He looked really good out here, hitting 444/636/444 with two doubles in 12 PA. He also made a super diving catch on the third-base line to save a double. Vitters was on the I-Cubs DL with a back problem, and before that he missed most of MLB Spring Training nursing a strained quad.
Ex-Oakland A's RHSP Guillermo Moscoso (claimed off waivers from Tornoto last month and then outrighted to the minors) has also been moved up to Iowa. He gave up five hits, did not allow a run, and struck out eight with no walks (and threw 76% strikes) in two Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (6.0 IP), and he struck out ten (with no walks) over five innings in an intrasquad game played at Fitch Park last Thursday (where he was stretched-out to 74 pitches, in what turned out to be his last EXST game outing).
Here are the abridged box scores from Tuesday's games (Cubs players only):
FITCH PARK FIELD #3
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (3-U, 3B, K, F-7, 3 RBI)
2. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-2 (1B+E5, BB, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3a. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-2 (2B, BB, 4-3, R, RBI)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
4. Carlos Escobar, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, K)
5. David Bote, SS-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-7, K, R)
6. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI)
7. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, 2 R)
8. Brad Zapenas, 2B: 2-3 (3B, 2B, 4-6 FC, 2 R, 3 RBI, CS)
9. Erick Castillo, C: 1-1 (1B, BB, HBP, 2 R, RBI)
10a. Lance Rymel, DH #2: 1-1 (1B, R)
10b. Frandy de la Rosa, PH-SS: 1-2 (1B, K, 2 RBI)
11a. Roberto Caro, DH #3: 0-0 (BB, BB, R)
11b. Alberto Mineo, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Paul Blackburn: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 50 pitches (34 strikes), 6/1 GO/FO
2. Daniel Adrian: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (6 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of 4th inning was stopped with two outs after Adrian suffered knee injury covering home plate on WP
3. Juan Francisco: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 42 pitches (19 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Mark Malave - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. 3B Mark Malave - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS:
Carlos Escobar: 0-1 CS
FITCH PARK FIELD #4
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 1-4 (1B, F-9, K-DP, F-9, PO)
2. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (3-U, 2B, BB, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B+E7, L-7, E-7)
4. Jose Dore, RF: 0-3 (3-U, K, BB, F-7, R)
5. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 0-2 (K, K, HBP, R)
6. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, K)
7. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 2B, R, 3 RBI, CS)
8. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-3 (E-4, K+WP, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
9. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (1B, P-5, F-8, R)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Erick Leal: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 36 pitches (25 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Dayan Diaz: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 23 pitches (14 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
3. Loiger Padron: 1.2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 40 pitches (22 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of 7th inning was stopped with two outs when Padron reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the game
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
2B Bryant Flete - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3B Jesse Hodges -E-5 (throwing error trying to double runner off 1st base after catching line drive allowed runner at 3rd to score unearned run)
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with tempratures in the 90's
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.
First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.
Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.
Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.
"Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."
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