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
Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
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