Leaver It to a Beaver to Rally A's to Victory

With his team down 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, Ryan Ortiz ripped a two-run HR over the LF fence to give the EXST Athletics the lead and eventually the victory, as the EXST Cubs were edged 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Connie Mack Field at the Papago Sports Complex in Phoenix.  

The A’s 2009 6th round draft pick out of Oregon State (where he was a teammate of Cubs infielder Darwin Barney on the 2007 CWS champion Beavers), Ortiz is at Extended Spring Training rehabbing from an injury suffered in Minor League Camp.

The Cubs offensive star of the day was 2B Pin-Chieh Chen, who reached base four times (three singles and a walk) and scored twice.

Conversely, Kyung-Min Na had a bad day all around, striking out four times (that’s the ol’ “Golden Sombrero,” folks) and dropping a fly ball in CF for a two-base error.

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

LINEUP:
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-5 (K, 6-4 FC+E-4, K, K, K, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 2nd TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
2. Dustin Harrington, SS: 0-3 (E-5, 5-3, F-9)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd and 5th TIMES THROUGH BATTING ORDER
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-5 (K, P-3, 6-3, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
4a. Chad Noble, C: 1-4 (6-3, 4-3, 2B, 1-3)
4b. Brian Inoa, C: 0-1 (F-7)
5. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 3-4 (1B, BB, F-7, 1B, 1B, 2 R)
6a. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-4 (1B, E-4, 5-3, 3-6 FC, R)
6b. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
7a. Blair Springfield, LF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, BB, RBI)
7b. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-0 (BB)
8. Max Kwan, DH: 2-5 (2B, K, 2B, K, P-3, 2 RBI)
9a. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, K)
9b. Gregori Gonzalez, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)

PITCHERS:
1. Luis Liria: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 51 pitches (27 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Austin Reed: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 54 pitches (26 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
3. Willengton Cruz: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 32 pitches (22 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO

ERRORS: 1:
CF Kyung-Min Na E8 – dropped fly ball allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely

CATCHERS DEFENSE
Chad Noble: 0-1 CS, 1 PO

OUTFIELD DEFENSE:
LF Eduardo Gonzalez threw out batter-runner 7-4 trying to stretch single into a double

ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s

 

Comments

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In reply to by Koyies Bansaw

Submitted by Koyies Bansaw on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 9:42pm. Phil, Any Augie Ojeda news? With him injured, who do you think they Cubs would call up if anything happened to Castro? You're the man, AZPhil! ============================================ K BANSAW: I have not seen Augie Ojeda on the field, although that does not mean he isn't involved in a physical therapy & rehab program at Fitch Park. As for who the Cubs would call up if something happerned to Castro or Barney (the two guys presently on the 25-man roster who can play SS), I would say probably Ryan Flaherty, because he is a "natural" (albeit outgrown) SS who can play 2B-SS-3B-1B-LF. And since Flaherty will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft for the first time post-2011, he probably was a likely candidate to get added to the 40-man roster by the 11/20 deadline anyway.

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In reply to by Raisin101

Submitted by Raisin101 on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 12:26am. Hi Arizona Phil... I was wondering what your thought were about Luis Liria. Thanks! ==================================== RAISIN: Luis Liria throws a full array of pitches, including a couple of different fastballs, a slider, a curve, and a change-up which I have been told is a splitter. The only negative with Liria is spotty command, but otherwise he looks to be a decent pitching prospect. I think the command issue is probably what kept him from starting the season at Peoria, but I do believe he and Matt Loosen are next in line to get moved-up now that Bristow and Jung have left.

to Carlos Pena's first Cub HR... went with the family today, so can't say I paid too close attention as getting ice cream was a bigger priority. Crowd seemed significantly larger tonight... Two decent pitchers, two terrible offenses...goose eggs galore. Byrd's shit arm was on display for the first Dodger run. I guess you need luck as much as skill for a 29-game hitting streak, Ethier sure has been the last two games. Girls were dozing off by the 8th but I caught Barney's awesome play to end the 8th just as we were walking out and caught the winning rally on radio. Ice cream (well frozen yogurt) was found and it just tastes better served in a mini-helmet.

The lineup angst raises an interesting question (to me, anyway). Soriano's hitting HRs and driving in runs, but his OBP is terrible. So does his production in those areas outweigh the negatives in others? Should he really be higher up?

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In reply to by Tito

He'd be a good 5 or 6 hitter right now, preferably with Soto and ARam in front of him. Byrd has no business in the #3 spot, and I'm starting to wonder whether Castro gets a little psyched out by being a #3 hitter at this point in his career (though I would be okay with giving that more time). I'd be happy to go back to something like the following: Castro Barney/Fukudome Ramirez Soto Soriano Pena/Colvin Byrd/Colvin Fukudome/Barney It'd be nice to get one of our lefthanders going, though. Maybe Pena is about to go on a hot streak. Colvin seems to have disappeared from the lineup lately. If you're going to slump, I guess you better at least make tons of money while you do it or else you'll ride the pine.

I see that we got the "bad" Austin Reed today. Man, I hope the pitching coaches down there in EXST can figure out a way to get his mechanics more consistent. And that lineup is just awful. Barely one prospect in it that is worth monitoring.

Castro SS, Barney 2B, Byrd CF, Ramirez 3B, Baker RF, Soto C, Soriano LF, Peña 1B, Zambrano P vs. Lilly

Cashner and Wells going to Arizona to continue rehab. from Sullivan twitter that can't be good...earlier in the week it was they didn't need to go to Arizona cause they were doing so well.

Cubs and Dodgers wearing throw back jerseys today. Tuned in a little late, didn't hear what years they are from. UPDATE: They're from the 40's. Dodgers apparently will wear these regularly this season on some occasional weekday games. I'll do my Pat Hughes impression: The Dodgers are wearing royal blue jerseys with a white "Brooklyn" on the front. A white stripe runs down the sleeve and pant leg. White numbers on the back with no names. Dark blue stirrup socks. Blue hats, blue shoes. Cubs are in gray jerseys with blue "Chicago" across the front, a red stripe underlines "Chicago". Dark blue pull up sox with red stripes. Blue shoes, blue hats. No names on jerseys. Blue numbers. Green grass. Few fans. The bleachers are almost completely empty, it looks really odd.

Cubs proved today they can hit the crap out of 87 mph fastballs and hanging sliders. Well done. Nice when the other team only has 1 guy that should be starting in the majors in the lineup.

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