Giants Bash Carlos Rodriguez and Cubs in AZL Action
Dillon Dobson (SF 2015 23rd round draft pick - Appalachian State) belted a two-run triple and an RBI double, and Nathaniel Javier and Matt Winn (SF 2015 14th round draft pick - VMI) clubbed solo home runs, helping the AZL Giants hammer the AZL Cubs 11-6 in Arizona League action last night on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Robert Garcia drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single, walked, and scored a run (Garcia has now driven-in six runs over his last two games) and Carlos Sepulveda ripped a double and a two-run single for the Cubs in a losing cause.
Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS) got the start for the Cubs and threw his best outing of the year, two innings of no-run/no-hit ball (24 pitches - 18 strikes), with two strikeouts (the first two men he faced) and a 3/0 GO/FO. Cease was delivering fastball velocities in the upper 90's with a sharp-breaking curve and a quality change-up throughout Extended Spring Training, but this was the first time he was able to actually command his stuff and throw strikes.
LHP Carlos Rodriguez followed Cease to the mound and had an odd bi-polar type outing, allowing six runs on five hits (two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run) and a walk in his first inning, then he retired nine men in a row (5-3, F-8, P-6, 4-3, K, F-7, K, K, 3-1), and then he allowed four more runs on four hits (three singles and a home run), Rodriguez is the classic "soft-tossing lefty" (mid-80's fastball, curve, and change-up) who relies on command to be effective, and when he doesn't put his fastball exactly where he needs to put it, or if he hangs his off-speed stuff, he gets whacked big-time (which happened last night). He did throw a very high percetange of strikes (73%), but he also allowed ten runs (all earned) in 3.2 IP (60 pitches - 44 strikes).
Cubs 2013 6th round pick RHRP Scott Frazier continued his recovery from the "yips" with an inning of relief (17 pitches - 11 strikes). While he did allow a run (HBP, RBI double, and a walk), he also showed solid command, and could be up for a promotion to Eugene or South Bend before too long.
Here is the abridged box score from last night's game (Cubs players only):
1. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 1-4 (BB,K, 2B, F-7, K, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 2-5 (K, 2B, F-8, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
3. Wladimir Galindo, DH: 0-4 (L-8, BB, K, 5-3, K)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-4 (K, L-9, 1B, 4-3, RBI, SB)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-4 (F-8, 2B, F-8, K, R)
6. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, K, F-7)
7. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-3 (2B, 1-6-3 DP, K, BB, 2 R)
8. Robert Garcia, CF: 2-3 (3B, HBP, K, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, K, 4-3, 1B, R)
1. Dylan Cease: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Carlos Rodriguez: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 10 R (10 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 3/4 GO/FO, 60 pitches (44 strikes)
3. Santiago Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Sutton Whiting: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS
cubbies.4ever 6 hours 50 min ago (view)
Still haven't seen/heard if Cubs signed 19th rd Daniel Avitia, the last of the unsigned or declined.
crunch 7 hours 2 min ago (view)
imagine he'll go into indie ball somewhere and hope he doesn't end up like matt harrington.
Sonicwind75 7 hours 28 min ago (view)
So is Kumar going "pro" by taking a KBO contract next season or something like that or does he just work out for a year? Not sure what the rules are for a player in his situation.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 20 min ago (view)
Good. Suck it Mets
crunch 11 hours 26 min ago (view)
mets fail to sign k.rocker.
at the time it was considered a hell of a pick when he fell so far (11th pick). he was considered a top-5 pick for most of the year, #1 for a chunk of it. his medicals (elbow) gave the mets pause offering him slot value. his agent, boras, says he's healthy.
he will not return to vandy and will go "pro"...he returns to the draft next year and the mets get a compensation 11th pick in round 1 next season.
crunch 12 hours 5 min ago (view)
rizzo, baez, and bryant all homered in their 1st game with their new team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 39 min ago (view)
Winning very much to a backseat to profits. I would imagine it always kinda was that way, but it became very obvious after the title. I think when ownership saw Darvish struggle year one, that was that, no more free agent spending. And never adjusted after it became clear Darvish was back starting midway through year two.
Charlie 12 hours 50 min ago (view)
Ownership absolutely decided sometime after 2016 that fans owed them and not the other way atound.
Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 57 min ago (view)
To be fair they also did a good job bringing in talent to the system that they were able to use to make trades. And a few solid signings such as Lester and Zobrist.
I think part of it was the hunger mostly vanished after the title and things needed to be switched up to kick people in the ass a tad. Add a level of being hamstrung by Heyward deal, no one coming up to replace the lost farm system talent or aging players, no one but Rizzo and Hendricks signing extensions, and here we are
crunch 13 hours 9 sec ago (view)
HUGE standing O for bryant. they're loving it.
Cubster 13 hours 24 min ago (view)
The Chicago Ortegas
crunch 13 hours 24 min ago (view)
who though we'd have "the ortega game" today? alright, then.
Cubster 13 hours 49 min ago (view)
Rizzo leading off for Yanks today
crunch 13 hours 50 min ago (view)
the cubs had years of 1st round picks gained by tanking do well and they got very lucky with the arrietta/strop trade. strop is especially underappreciated in that trade. theo obviously wanted rizzo badly, and made the right call there. hendricks was a complex back/forth trade because of player injuries, but at the end of the day the cubs wanted hendricks and they made the right call there, too.
aside from that, it looks a lot like it's been for decades.
Cubster 14 hours 38 min ago (view)
Every championship season is sacred (except 2021).
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 42 min ago (view)
He's looking kinda gassed. I think we've got to be coming up on his innings limit