Cubs Youngsters Drop One to A’s
Submitted by Arizona Phil on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 5:00pm
The Cubs took a 3-1 run lead early, scoring two runs in the first inning and one in the second, but were unable to hold the lead, as the Oakland A's Arizona Instructional League team rallied to defeat the Cubs Arizona Instructional League team 6-4 this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa. After Cubs starter
Chris Siegfried surrendered an RBI double in the top of the 1st, the Cubs responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Tony Thomas drew a lead-off walk, and advanced to third on a stolen base and a ground out. Steve Clevenger laced a single back up through the middle to score Thomas, and after Kyler Burke walked, Brandon Guyer lined a single to CF to drive-in Clevenger.
The Cubs added another run in the bottom of the second, as Jovan Rosa walked to lead off the inning, advancing to third base on a ground-rule double sliced into the LF corner by Cliff Andersen. Mark Reed then followed with a line-drive sac fly to RF to score Rosa.
Today marked the Cubs debut of Marcos Mateo, the pitcher the Cubs acquired from the Cincinnati Reds as the PTBNL in the Buck Coats deal. Mateo looked OK, pitching two innings of shutout ball and getting ground ball after ground ball with a hard-driving sinker, although he did surrender three ground singles along the way.
18-year old lefty Marco Tovar entered the game in the top of the 5th with the Cubs leading 3-1, but couldn't hold the lead, as the A's nailed the youngster for three runs. Tovar, one of three pitchers recently signed by the Cubs out of Tijuana in the Mexican League ( Rafael Cova and Alan Guerrero being the other two), struggled with his command throughout his two innings of work.
Trailing 6-3, the Cubs rallied in the bottom of the 8th. With one out, Reed doubled and Thomas reached on an error by the A's 3rd baseman. Jonathan Wyatt then came through with a line single to right-center to knock-in Reed, with Thomas hot-footing it to third. Welington Castillo worked a walk to load the bases, but the bases were left loaded as Burke was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch and Guyer popped out to the A's 1st baseman in foul territory to end the threat.
Lead-off hitter Tony Thomas had an active day, reaching base three times on a walk, a bunt single, and an error. The Cubs 2007 3rd round pick out of Florida State also had a stolen base, as well as being picked-off once. He is real instigator at the top of the lineup.
On defense, Darwin Barney made a couple of nice plays at SS (including a pinpoint relay throw to nab a runner trying to stretch a double into a triple), and Clevenger and Castillo each had one CS.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only)
1. Tony Thomas, 2B (1-3, R, BB, SB, PO)
2. Jonathan Wyatt, CF (1-4, RBI)
3-A. Steve Clevenger, C (1-2, R, RBI)
3-B. Welington Castillo, C (1-1, BB)
4. Kyler Burke, RF (0-3. BB, 2 K)
5. Brandon Guyer, LF (1-4, RBI)
6. Josh Vitters, DH #1 (0-2, 2 BB)
7. Darwin Barney, SS (1-4, 2 K, GIDP)
8. Jovan Rosa, 3B (0-3, R, BB, K)
9. Cliff Andersen, DH #2 (1-3, 2B, K)
10. Mark Reed, 1B (1-2, 2B, R, SF-RBI)
NOTE: The AZ Instructional League uses two DHs and a ten-man batting order
1. Chris Siegfried - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K (26 pitches)
2. Marcos Mateo - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (26 pitches)
3. Marco Tovar - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP (39 pitches)
4. Stephen Vento - 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K (41 pitches)
5. Matt Maradeo - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)
Clevenger 1-2 CS
Castillo 1-2 CS, 1 PB
Wyatt (runner thrown out at third-base 8-6-5 trying to stretch a double into a triple).
Attendance: 13 (estimated), including Oneri Fleita
"Welcome to the Cubs. Our job is to get you to Wrigley Field. Be patient, relax, and have fun." - Oneri Fleita, speaking through a Korean translator to new Cubs pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee at Fitch Park today. (Rhee's family is in town and has been attending the games).
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JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
Tony Four Sacks # 27
Hammel has k'd Votto twice. /baseball
Sore Ribs doesn't worry me too much. Getting a "precautionary MRI" has me assuming he is going to be out at least a few days, possibly more.