Luis Rivas singled, doubled, and homered, scored twice, and drove-in four runs, and Ryan Freel reached base four times and scored three runs, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the EXST A's at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies.
Let the autopsy report on this ghastly series read: three games, two runs, 14 hits, three losses.
Lou Piniella made a lineup change on Thursday night, sliding Mike Fontenot from third base to the more familiar ground at second and starting the seldom-used Ryan Freel at third. The moves paid dividends...to the Cardinals:
There was good signs in the Giants series that he is already beginning to adjust to what is being thrown him. He has always started slow at a new level and adjusted. Given that, I could not be happier that he is getting his first couple hundred PAs out of the way in 2014.
I noticed on K 2 he took two fastballs in the upper part of the zone and on the inner corner to start, then took a fastball up and out of the zone, took a breaker down and out of the zone, and swung and missed at a fastball in the zone in nearly the same location as the first two pitches. I was surprised he wasn't swinging at the first couple fastballs.
I only saw one of Baez's strikeouts yesterday - I think he may have had 5 on the day if you include the end of the first game. The one I saw was actually not a bad at bat. Was taking some good strikes, and the ump, not surprisingly, wasn't giving him any edge pitches at all. Were the rest all hacky swingy strikes or is he at least trying to not swing at everything? I can live with some called strikes as he learns the zone. Baseball is hard.
It sounds so weird to say: Nice walk by Baez. Keep taking those outside curves and down and in sliders, kid, and eventually they'll have to swallow hard and try to work the strike zone a bit, and you'll bury them.