Cubs Shut-Down A's at Papago Park
Hak-Ju Lee singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, leading the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the A’s Split Squad #1 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon.
Today’s game was part of an unusual doubleheader involving three different teams played simultaneously on adjacent fields at the A’s minor league complex. While the Cubs played the A’s Split Squad #1 on Field #3, the Angels played the A’s Split Squad #2 on Field #2.
The Cubs-A’s game was originally scheduled to be played at Fitch Park in Mesa, but was moved to the more-spacious Papago Park to allow the MLB Scouting Academy students more room to roam (and more players to watch and evaluate) than would have been the case if only one game was played at Papago Park and one was played at Fitch Park. (The A’s have two Instructs teams this year, with one squad normally playing on the road and one squad playing at home each day).
Another unusual part of the event was the miking of the umpires so that the umpire instructor at the park could offer real time feedback to the men in blue during the course of the games. (Presumably the instructor offered something more useful than booing or screaming “you suck” into his microphone when one of the young umps missed a pitch or made a bad call on the bases).
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1a. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, 2 R, SB)
1b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (K)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K, BB)
3. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 0-3 (E6, F-8 SF, 6-3, F-8, RBI, R)
4. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, BB, F-8, BB)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-4 (K, 1B, E5, K)
6a. Sergio Burruel, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 3-1, 5-3, R)
6b. Oliver Zapata, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
7. Reggie Golden, DH #2: 1-3 (2B, 3-U, K, BB, R)
8a. Max Kwan, C: 0-2 (3-U, K, RBI)
8b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-2 (P-6, 1-3)
9. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, K, K, RBI)
10. Willson Contreras, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, 6-3, F-8)
1. Brent Ebinger: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (21 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
2. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Jhon Rodriguez: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 39 pitches (23 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Casey Harman: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 38 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
RF Xavier Batista: threw out baserunner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line-drive single to RF
ATTENDANCE: 60 (including 40+ from MLB Scouting Academy)
WEATHER: Sunny & very hot, with 100+ degree temps
crunch 4 hours 51 min ago (view)
bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.
also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.
JustSayin' 4 hours 55 min ago (view)
College ball started Saturday. Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy. In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.
btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while. the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him. that signing probably is in the bag.
Wrigley Rat 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?
Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players.
And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).
crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
b.colon has signed to a mexican league team. woo old dudes. he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.
Cubster 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
Replacing someone like David DeJesus?
crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.
he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.
Eric S 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade
Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs
Arizona Phil 5 days 5 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day.
Arizona Phil 5 days 5 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
Q could be subbed in for any of those too
crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.
crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)
M's sign him 1/2m
crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)
walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs. it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.