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



Hey, AZ, thanks for all the recent reports. If Starlin Castro was ready this year for the bigs, how close is Hak-Ju Lee in comparison?

Submitted by Old and Blue on Sat, 10/02/2010 - 3:56pm. Hey, AZ, thanks for all the recent reports. If Starlin Castro was ready this year for the bigs, how close is Hak-Ju Lee in comparison? ================================================== O & B: I doubt that the Cubs will move HJ Lee as fast as they did Starlin Castro. If & when Lee makes it to the big leagues, it should be as the Cubs #1 SS, with Castro moving to 2B. (Lee projects as an everyday MLB SS and lead-off hitter). Barring injury at Minor League Camp, Lee will be the SS and lead-off hitter at Daytona on Opening Day 2011 and Junior Lake will be the SS at Tennessee. The only way Lee gets to AA next season is if he is playing really well at Daytona AND Lake struggles at Tennessee. Otherwise Lee will probably be spending the entire 2011 season at Daytona and then (if he progresses as hoped) he'll get promoted to AA in 2012. So I would say the earliest Lee will surface in Chicago is sometime in 2012, although 2013 is more likely.

Thanks as always, AZ PHIL. do you believe that Tony Campana will get an invite to spring training 2011? He seems like he is a legit base stealing threat and it would appear as if he has matured at the plate this year? Since the Cubs are constantly looking for the top-of-the-order "table setter", does Campana fit the bill in your estimation(48SB/20CS)?

Submitted by The E-Man on Mon, 10/04/2010 - 11:39am. do you believe that Tony Campana will get an invite to spring training 2011? He seems like he is a legit base stealing threat and it would appear as if he has matured at the plate this year? Since the Cubs are constantly looking for the top-of-the-order "table setter", does Campana fit the bill in your estimation(48SB/20CS)? ============================================== E-MAN: At present I would say there probably is no room for Tony Campana on the Cubs 2011 Spring Training MLB roster, although that could change if the Cubs move one or more of their outfielders prior to Spring Training. Generally speaking, the Cubs like to go to Spring Training with 30-36 pitchers, six catchers, and three players for every other position. Here is how I would project the Cubs 2011 Spring Training roster right now (see below), although it's subject to change during the course of the off-season because the Cubs will probably non-tender some players, make a trade or two, outright others who will then opt to become minor league free-agents, and sign several players and pitchers to major league contracts, or to minor league contracts with NRI to ST that will bounce-off some of the players presently on this list: ROSTERED PITCHERS (24): Justin Berg Esmailin Caridad Andrew Cashner Casey Coleman Ryan Dempster Thomas Diamond Rafael Dolis * John Gaub * Tom Gorzelanny * John Grabow Jeff Gray Angel Guzman * Scott Maine Carlos Marmol * Sean Marshall Marcos Mateo Blake Parker * James Russell Jeff Samardzija Brian Schlitter Carlos Silva Jeff Stevens Randy Wells Carlos Zambrano 6-12 SLOTS OPEN (RHP Chris Archer is a lock to get added to the 40-man roster by 11/20, and Jay Jackson, Chris Carpenter, Trey McNutt, and Kyle Smit will probably get NRIs) CATCHERS (3): Welington Castillo # Koyie Hill (could get non-tendered) Geovany Soto THREE SLOTS OPEN (Robinson Chirinos is likely to be added to 40-man roster sometime this month, and two from amongst Chris Robinson, Steve Clevenger, and/or Michael Brenly will probably get NRIs) INFIELDERS (7): Jeff Baker Darwin Barney Starlin Castro * Blake DeWitt * Micah Hoffpauir Aramis Ramirez # Bobby Scales FIVE SLOTS OPEN (3B Marquez Smith could get added to 40-man roster by 11/20 or else will get NRI, and Matt Camp and Josh Vitters likely will get NRIs, and Bobby Scales will probably get outrighted) OUTFIELDERS (7): * James Adduci Marlon Byrd * Tyler Colvin * Kosuke Fukudome * Sam Fuld * Brad Snyder Alfonso Soriano TWO SLOTS OPEN (Brandon Guyer will likely be added to 40-man roster by 11/20, which leaves one opening for NRI Brett Jackson, or there could be more than one slot available for either Tony Campana or Ty Wright if an OF on this list gets outrighted, non-tendered, or traded prior to ST, or fewer if any free-agent OF are signed or an OF is acquired in trade)

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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 39 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of 25-year old 6'5 260 RHP Adam Heidenfelder from Gary (American Association) and he has been assigned to the ACL Cubs.  


  • Hagsag 13 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Does anyone know what type of injury Amaya has?


  • Hagsag 13 hours 51 min ago (view)

    I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.


  • Wrigley Rat 19 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Robert Stock was claimed off waivers by the Mets.


  • crunch 21 hours 41 min ago (view)

    HR in the 8th.  dope.


  • crunch 23 hours 51 min ago (view)

    he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...


  • crunch 1 day 1 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...


  • crunch 1 day 23 min ago (view)

    “It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”


    “I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    I am with my hero Zo.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring. 


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.


  • crunch 2 days 3 min ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.


  • crunch 2 days 19 min ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.