Trey Doubles the Fun at HoHoKam Park
Trey Martin doubled twice, the second one a laser-shot off the RF fence that drove-in the go-ahead run and capped a four-run 7th, as the AZL Cubs rallied to edge the AZL Indians 6-5 in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
In addition to Martin's heroics, 1B Jacob Rogers (2012 40th round draft pick out of Mt Olive College) pulled two hard-hit ground RBI singles into the 3.5 hole, one in the 2nd and one in the 7th, to the aid the Cubs offense. (Rogers was 6th in NCAA Division II in HR in 2012).
And DH Dan Vogelbach belted his 4th double in three AZL games--a line shot down the RF line--and then came around to score the Cubs first run of the evening on Rogers' first RBI single.
Vogelbach's approach at the plate was way out of kilter at Extended Spring Training (189/306/379 in 111 PA) and he displayed a lot of visible frustration with how things were going (not to mention the ten errors at 1st base), but it looks like he's got the old Vogelbomb swing back now. Hopefully it's just matter of time before he starts depositing baseballs over the fence.
RHP David Cales (2011 shoulder surgery rehab) saw his first game action in over a year (not including a couple of Extended Spring Training "sim" games and an intrasquad game), and he did not look good. He allowed a run on two hits (a lead-off double and an RBI single) and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning (26 pitches), and he kept pinwheeling his arm like he couldn't get it loose. That's never a good sign for a guy coming back from a shoulder injury.
Another rehab hurler had a different problem, as veteran RHP Shane Lindsay (sent down from AAA Iowa to iron-out some "mechanical issues") continually fell behind in the count over the course of his 2.1 IP. The Australian fireballer did throw shutout ball (allowing a single and two walks) and got lots of swings & misses at his extreme heat, but he also needed 49 pitches (only 25 strikes) to get his seven outs. He threw seven consecutive balls when he entered the game with one out and a runner at 1st in the top of the 3rd, and then he threw seven consecutive balls again to open the 4th.
20-year old RHP Jin Young Kim threw two no-hit innings for the save, as the one-time Korean bonus baby ($850K signing bonus in 2010) is apparently being tracked into the closer role in Mesa. One unearned run did score off Kim, but that was thanks to a two-base error that put a Tribe runner on 2nd base with no outs in the top of the 9th (with the runner eventually scoring after a couple of 6-3 ground outs).
RHP Tony York (2012 NDFA - UCSD) made his pro debut tonight and threw a 1-2-3 12-pitch 6th. York was UCSD's closer in 2012, and indeed he does look like your typical RH college reliever (warms-up quickly, works fast, throws strikes).
RF Bijan Rademacher (Cubs 2012 13th round draft pick out of Orange Coast CC) also made his pro debut in tonight's game, and went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. He has a nice line-drive stroke and sprays the ball all over the yard. He looks like he might be a decent hitter (although HR power is always preferred in a corner OF), and he displayed a plus-arm in RF.
Rademacher was recruited by perennial D-1 baseball powerhouse Cal State - Fullerton out of HS and spent his freshman year there, before transferring to Orange Coast CC. He was set to transfer to Oral Roberts University if he hadn't signed with Cubs.
crunch 7 hours 58 min ago (view)
cubs sweep the cards. unf.
24-10 at home. wsox are 25-11 at home, btw. catching a home game in chicago has a killer payoff so far this year.
Childersb3 10 hours 24 min ago (view)
AJ was good to listen to last night. He actually was complimentary of the Cubs at times. Told good stories. Played to the crowd when they started chanting Michael Barrett. And, he countered Buck multiple times when Buck went know it all.
ARod isn't nearly as good as that.
crunch 10 hours 30 min ago (view)
pierz has a great head on him and is a top tier analyst (imo) when it comes to seeing what's going on with the game...his mian knock being his boring voice behind the mic. i think he'll age into the role well if he keeps at it.
CTSteve 10 hours 33 min ago (view)
I rather enjoyed Pierzynski yesterday. A-Rod, yeah no.
crunch 12 hours 13 min ago (view)
javy out...screwed up his thumb again diving into the seats yesterday.
Hagsag 22 hours 53 min ago (view)
Aroid tonight! Boo!
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
pederson with 5HR in 8 games. neet.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
half hour bottom 2nd...5 cubs runs on 2 hits.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
joe buck and aj pierzynski calling the game.
good job fox. you're doing your buddies the ricketts wrong.
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
14 pitch at bat...10 fouled, 9 after strike 2.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
j.pederson homers are nice, but him standing around in the box watching the ball fly before deciding to move is getting old.
he's done it on a more than one basket shot...
crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
weird...k.stewart starting today (Friday) with hendricks tommorow and supposedly sunday is z.davies or a.mills
dunno what's going on with davies, but d.ross said pre-game he's have to "check in" with davies on sunday for availability.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
Dakota Chalmers DFA, Higgins to IL, Lobaton selected
Raisin101 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
Awesome. Thank you!
Childersb3 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
Not wise. Kids are going to try and tear up the ACL.
AZL was fine.
crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
baseball got more lists than banned substances these days.