EXST Cubs Rally for Victory at Fitch Park

Luke Sommer beat-out a dribbler down the third-base line for a game-winning infield single, as the EXST Cubs rallied to edge the EXST Angels 8-7 at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.

The Angels took an early 2-0 lead against Cubs starter Robert Hernandez, scoring two runs on a walk, a single, and a two-out two-run triple in the top of the 2nd.

After LHP Mark Pawelek threw a shutout 3rd inning (he struck out the side), RHP Jon Mueller got creamed for four runs on a walk, a single, three doubles, a triple, and a home run, as the Angels extended their lead to 6-1.

While Ryan Searle and Eduardo Figueroa stopped the bleeding with four shutout innings of relief, the Cubs narrowed the Halo lead to 6-2 with a run in the 7th on a two-out RBI single by Alvaro Sosa, and then scored five times (taking the lead) with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, keyed by a bases-loaded two-run single by Starlin Castro and a bases-loaded triple by Jose Made.

But EXST Cubs closer John Muller couldn't close the deal, allowing the tying run to score on three consecutive hits with one out in the top of the 9th.

But the EXST Cubs came right back with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, as Drew Rundle clubbed a lead-off double high off the RF fence, barely missing a walk-off HR.  Gian Guzman then laid-down a picture-perfecf sac bunt to get Rundle to 3rd.

The Angels answered the threat by intentionally walking Nelson Perez (the EXST Cubs big bopper), and it looked like the strategy might work out when Jose Guevara went down swinging. But then Sommer topped the game-winning swinging bunt down the 3rd base line, barely beating the throw to 1st as Rundle slid across home plate, giving the Cubs the hard-fought victory.

And the Cubs players were plenty excited with the victory, too, as pitchers Kevin Kreier and Scott Meyer broke out into an impromptu rousing rendition of "Go, Cubs, Go!" as the players cascaded onto the field, mobbing Sommer and Rundle.  

Now, I suspect singing "Go, Cubs, Go" was the EXST Cubs way of getting a laugh (since me and some young lady engrossed in a book were the only fans left at Fitch by the time the game ended), but it was kind of interesting to hear the song sung by the players for a change. 

While the Cubs and Angels were playing their game on Field #3, RHPs Chris Huseby and Carlos Rojas threw "live" BP sessions on Field #2 to some of the Cubs position players who were not scheduled to play in the game (Lake, Matheus, Quezada, Rea, Sabates, Salazar, and Soto). 

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):

LINEUP:
1. Drew Rundle, CF: 2-4 (R, 2B, BB, 2 K)
2. Gian Guzman, SS: 1-4 (SH, K, GIDP)
3. Nelson Perez, RF: 2-4 (R, 2B, IBB, K)
4a. Carlos Perez, DH #1: 1-2 (R)
4b. Jose Guevara, DH #1: 0-3 (K, GIDP)
5. Luke Sommer, LF: 2-4, (GW RBI, R, BB, K)
6. Luis Bautista, 1B: 1-2 (2 R, RBI, 2 BB, GIDP)
7a. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 1-2
7b. Starlin Castro, 2B: 1-1 (2 RBI, R, BB)
8. John Contreras, 3B: 1-3 (R, 2B, BB, K) 
9. Jose Made, DH #2: 2-4 (3 RBI, 3B, K, CS)
10. Alvaro Sosa, C: 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHERS:
1. Robert Hernandez - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K (2/3 GB/FB)
2. Mark Pawelek - 1.0 IP,1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
3. Jon Mueller - 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
4. Ryan Searle - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (3/0 GB/FB)
5. Eduardo Figueroa - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (1/5 GB/FB)
6. John Muller - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, BS (1/2 GB/FB)

DEFENSE: No errors again!

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alvaro Sosa: 0-2 CS

WEATHER: Warm but not too hot, and VERY breezy!

ATTENDANCE: 5 

Comments

these threads are gonna be interesting 4-6 years from now.

thanks phil.

you know eventually some of this will probably be referenced in books. this kind of info is historically hard to get besides anecdotal remembrances from players/coaches and pale/cold stats.

all the new baseball info on the internet isn't as tightly collected as some other collections, but it's still all very impressive in scope.

http://www.northsidebaseball.com/Forum/viewtopic.p...

18 YO 6'2'' 170 LB Lee-Hak Ju. Ju can throw about 98 and runs the bases in a little over 4 second.

http://eastwindupchronicle.com/east-prospect-watch...

I mentioned this guy's site before, but he's supposedly an actual scout for the Cubs in Korea. That's his writeup on him, although he only watched him once.

Again, I feel kind of silly raving about this guy I haven’t even seen in a game, and I’m also not used to writing in this first-person/scout style, but I can say the Cubs are really excited about him. They believe he’d be a first round pick in the states, and one of the people who scouted him also scouted Derek Jeter in high school and says Lee has better tools at his age than Jeter did back in the early 90s.

Az Phil,

Do you feel that Pawelek still has a future in the big leagues? It seems like he has digressed rapidly since we drafted him in 05.

AZ Phil: Just how good is Josh Lansford's arm, good enough to make the switch to pitching? It sure doesn't look like he's ever going to hit. Thanks.

Submitted by Chifan on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:35pm.

Az Phil, Do you feel that Pawelek still has a future in the big leagues? It seems like he has digressed rapidly since we drafted him in 05.

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CHIFAN: I don't know if Mark Pawelek will ever pitch in the big leagues, but I can tell you that Pawelek threw better yesterday than anytime since 2005. He finally threw all of his pitches for strikes and with better velocity. He really attacked the hitters. Now he just needs to keep it up and do that consistently.

If he can do it, he will be at Peoria in short-order and his career will be back on track. Whether he will end up as a starter or reliever would still have to be determined. He wants to be a starter, but he also might be able to keep his mechancs straight by throwing every day out of the bullpen. .  

There has never been anything wrong with Pawelek's arm. His problems are all related to mechanics and mental approach (confidence).   

Submitted by Timmer on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 9:33am.

AZ Phil: Just how good is Josh Lansford's arm, good enough to make the switch to pitching? It sure doesn't look like he's ever going to hit. Thanks.

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TIMMER: Given the number of 3rd base prospects in the Cubs organization (McGehee, Reynolds, M. Smith, Rosa, Vitters, and Contreras), and with Lansford unlikely to ever develop as a hitter, I guess a switch to the mound is a possibility. He has a strong arm, but the question would be whether he can develop a breaking ball and change-up, and whether he can adjust to throwing off a mound after being used to throwing from a flat surface. That's what Jake Muyco's is dealing with right now. And Brandon Taylor was converted from 3B to pitcher a couple of years ago, and promptly blew out his arm while trying to master a breaking ball and while trying to learn to throw off the mound (and he has already been released)

It's different when a player has some experience as a pitcher, even if it goes back to HS. That's why I would like to see the Cubs give Ryan Harvey (who was a combination RHP-OF in HS) a shot at pitching. He has a rifle-arm (best OF arm in the organization), and it doesn't look like he is ever going to hit enough to take advantage of his prodigious power. Way, WAY too many strikeouts.

I heard his name pronounced "Hak-Ju Lee" and he's supposed to be as good a shortstop prospect as Dae-Eun Rhee is a pitching prospect.

BTW, I was told that Dutch-Aruban 2B Dwayne Kemp has only a three-month visa, and so he will be leaving Fitch Park at the end of EXST and will be playing at the MLB European Baseball Academy in Italy this Summer. Too bad, too, because he's obviously ready to play for the AZL Cubs right now.

And Australian LHP Cody Hams has to leave the U. S. by May 22th (he has only a two-month visa). He will be pitching at the MLB Australian Baseball Academy this Summer, and then will return to the U. S. for the full season next year. Just like with RHP Ryan Searle, who is here for the full season this year after spending three months at Fitch Park (March-May) in 2007.

The Cubs third Australian pitcher (RHP Adam Spencer) will be at the MLB Australian Baseball Academy this Summer, Fitch Park for three months next year, the MLB Australian Baseball Academy again in 2009, and then (if all goes well) a full season in the U. S. in 2010.

Managers on the hot seat according to Rosenthal

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8094014/The-end...

Washington, Gibbons and Randolph

threw 3 scoreless yesterday in AA. Should be an interesting move when he's ready. Send back Marshall who's been pretty effective or Hart or Wuertz who have not been lately.

I vote Hart.

I'd vote Marshall. If for no other reason than his postion as starter #6. He needs to get stretched out at some point if he ever has to go into the rotation. And the odds are squarely against this rotation not having SOMEONE go down at some point. I'd 5000 times rather Marshall take the start over someone like Justin Berg or Mark Holliman at this point.

Hi Arizona Phil,

Your info about "The Dutch-Aruban 2B Dwayne Kemp has only a three-month visa, and so he will be leaving Fitch Park at the end of EXST" is incorrect.

He has a full one year visa and will be able to stay for the entire EXST.

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