Morelli Extends Hit Streak to 15 Games As Cubs Rally to Drop Brewers

Carlos Romero bounced a game-tying RBI single to right, Alvaro Ramirez lined an RBI single down the RF line, and Pin-Chieh Chen knocked-in two insurance runs with a two-run single, as the EXST Cubs rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 8th to defeat the EXST Brewers 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa. The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest, so that more Brewer and Cub pitchers could get game work.

Besides the four-run rally in the 8th, other EXST Cubs highlights today included Tarlandus Mitchell and Austin Kirk combining to fan ten Brewers in just 5-1/3 innings, and Jesus Morelli extending his hit streak to 15 games with a 1st inning single. (Morelli is now hitting 382/447/574 in 21 EXST games since being moved down to Extended Spring Training from Peoria).

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

LINEUP:
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 1-5 (P-4, F-9, 6-4 FC, 1B, F-7, R)
2. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-4 (P-3, 4-3, F-7, 1B, RBI, R, SB)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 2-3 (1B, BB, 4-3, 1B, 2 RBI, R)
4a. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
4b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH MORELLI REMAINED IN RF
5. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, 5-3)
6a. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K, RBI)
6b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH BURRUEL REMAINED IN GAME
7. Chris Huseby, DH #2: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, 5-3)
8a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-2 (K, 1B, BB, R, SB, CS)
8b. Wes Darvill, PH-SS: 0-1 (F-7)
9a. Jose Guevara, 1B: 0-3 (K, P-5, 3-1)
9b. Blair Springfield, PH-1B: 0-1 (5-3)
10a. Carlos Romero, C: 2-3 (P-4, 1B, 1B, RBI)
10b. Kyung-Min Na, PR-DH: 1-1 (1B, R)

PITCHERS:
1. Tarlandus Mitchell – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 45 pitches (26 strikes)
NOTE: Mitchell’s 1st inning was terminated (“rolled”) with two outs after Mitchell had thrown his 27th pitch of the inning
2. Austin Kirk – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 60 pitches (40 strikes)
3. Jesse Ginley – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Jose Rosario – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (13 strikes)

ERRORS: NONE

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carlos Romero: 1-3 CS

BASERUNNING MISADVENTURES: Pin-Chieh Chen was thrown out 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning.

ATTENDANCE: 18

WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless, with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

Hey Az Phil, A lot of people think the Cubs over-reached with Kirk in the third round. I understand it's way too early to tell (by about four years) if that's true, but what is your gut feeling about Austin? I know he comes from a HS powerhouse in OK, and he's a LEFTY, but other than that he kind of went unnoticed through the 2009 draft analysis stories. I think that neglect led to a lot of the reasoning behind the over-reaching statements.

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Submitted by Childersb3 on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 5:56pm Hey Az Phil, A lot of people think the Cubs over-reached with Kirk in the third round. I understand it's way too early to tell (by about four years) if that's true, but what is your gut feeling about Austin? I know he comes from a HS powerhouse in OK, and he's a LEFTY, but other than that he kind of went unnoticed through the 2009 draft analysis stories. I think that neglect led to a lot of the reasoning behind the over-reaching statements. =================================== CHILDERS: I like Austin Kirk. He had a poor Minor League Camp (control issues) and that's why he wasn't considered for a slot on the Peoria Chiefs Opening Day roster, but he has pitched very well at EXST (3.07 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .212 OBA, with a team-leading 28 K), and I would say he is ready for Peoria right now. Kirk is a fly ball pitcher with a plus-fastball and a plus-curve who gets a lot of swings & misses and pop ups, whereas fellow EXST Cubs LHP John Mincone (who also appears to be ready for Peoria) has more sinking action on his fastball and so he is much more of a ground ball pitcher.

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