Cubs Whitewash Dodgers at Fitch Park
Four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 2-0 in AZ Instructional League action this aftenoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa.
Both Daury Torrez and Jose Rosario threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, but Rosario was especially effective, retiring nine of the ten men he faced (allowing no hits and one walk as he recorded the rare three-inning save).
Dodgers pitchers were just about as good, as starter James Campbell and four relievers combined to allow just three singles and one walk. Both of the Cub runs were unearned, thanks to four Dodger errors.
The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs CF Rashad Crawford, who raced at full speed into the right-center alley before making an inning-ending diving catch in front of the warning track, robbing Adam Law of an extra-base hit.
Ben Carhart made his AZIL game debut at catcher, and he handled himself fairly well, although he did allow a Passed Ball during his five innings behind the plate.
RHP Arodys Vizcaino (60-day DL - 2011 TJS rehab) threw a 45-pitch three-inning "sim" game on Field #3 this morning prior to the Cubs-Dodgers AZIL game, and he looked good.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, F-7)
2. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, 5-3, 1B)
3. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 4-3)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R, SB)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (L-4, 4-3, 4-3, RBI)
7. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 0-3 (5-4-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
8a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 0-3 (E-6, K, 4-3, R)
10. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (E-1, 4-3, 4-3)
1. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 2 H. 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 37 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 44 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 1 PB
2. Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).
A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was.
Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.
ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)
Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.
Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.
Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.
Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
Hope they can sustain it.
Don't sell yourself short, Judge.
I love this team.
Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.
Hey! I remember this team!
The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...
I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!
I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.
Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.
Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.
Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.
I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....
@Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.
I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.
Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.
This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.
Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.