Kevin Soto

Ten Extra-Base Hits Do the Trick for Cubs at Fitch Park

Dwayne Kemp had three hits (including two triples) and drove in four runs, Chris Weimer slugged three doubles and drove-in three runs, Logan Watkins had three hits and two RBI, and Kevin Soto had three hits and an outfield assist, leading the EXST Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the EXST Angels at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in hot & sunny Mesa.

A native of Rotterdam, Kemp was the second player signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Baseball Academy (Italian RHP Alessandro Maestri was the first) and was a member of the Team Netherlands provisional roster for the WBC, and like Cubs 2B Mike Fontenot, the 5'8 might-mite really packs some punch. Both of Kempy's triples today were opposite field shots slammed off the right-centerfield fence.

20-year old Venezuelan RHP Robert Hernandez, who is at EXST rehabbing from a sprained ankle suffered in a game at Papago Park the last week of Minor League Camp, pitched two innings today and showed no ill effects. Several of his family and friends were at the game today, and he looks to be about ready to move up to Daytona.  

And LHP Chris Siegfried, who was left at Fitch Park at the end of Minor League Camp to work on his mechanics and revamp his delivery, has been promoted to Peoria.

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

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  • Check out John Arguello at Cubs Den for great analysis & photos from Cubs AZ Instructs

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    Arizona Phil 11 hours 21 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 16 hours 39 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 16 hours 40 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 16 hours 52 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 16 hours 53 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 16 hours 53 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 17 hours 1 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 17 hours 14 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 17 hours 47 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 17 hours 51 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 18 hours 3 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 18 hours 22 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 18 hours 42 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 18 hours 43 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 21 hours 43 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 56 min ago view