Angels Harmanize with 9th Inning Rally
Roberto Lopez laced a double into the LF corner to knock-in the tying run, and Drew Heid hit a sacrifice fly to RF to drive-in the winning run, as the Angels scored six runs in the bottom of the 9th and edged the Cubs 9-8 in AZ instructional League action at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe this afternoon.
With the Cubs leading 8-3, LHP Casey Harman (Cubs 2010 29th round draft pick out of Clemson) entered the game in the bottom of the 9th, and was properly pummeled, surrendering five singles, one double, and a triple, before finally recording an out (and that out was the game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly).
But prior to the 9th, Cubs pitchers had been outstanding, allowing three runs on just four hits, with no walks and ten strikeouts.
18-year old Korean RHP Jin-Yeong Kim got the start for the Cubs today, his first since being removed from a game last week after suffering a leg cramp. Kim retired the side 1-2-3 in both his first and third innings of work, but he allowed two runs in the 2nd inning, the first run scoring on a lead-off solo HR by Gabe Jacobo, and the second on a single, a stolen base, and another single.
Hard-throwing ex-3B (now RHP) Charles Thomas worked a 1-2-3 4th inning (P-4, 3-U, and F-7), and then RHP Tarlandus Mitchell threw two no run/no hit innings. Aaron Kurcz pitched the 7th & 8th, striking out four, and allowing one run on one hit (a lead-off pop fly double in the 8th that Oliver Zapata lost in the sun, followed by two ground outs).
Meanwhile, the Cubs got on the board in the top of the 1st inning as Oliver Zapata and Marco Hernandez drew walks and Micah Gibbs and Justin Bour singled, giving the Cubs a quick two-run lead before the Angels could retire a Cub hitter. Xavier Batista made it a three-spot with a two-out RBI single to drive-in Gibbs. The Cubs added two more runs in the top of the 2nd, as Oliver Zapata drove-in Gioskar Amaya with a one-out triple, and then scored on a Marco Hernandez sacrifice fly.
Up 5-2, the Cubs added single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th. Xavier Batista blasted a two-out triple and scored on a Sergio Burruel opposite-field line-drive single in the 6th, Marco Hernandez singled and then later scored on an errant pick-off attempt in the 7th, and Gioskar Amaya singled to knock-in Xavier Batista from 3rd base in the 8th (Batista had walked with one out, moved-up to 2nd base on another Sergio Burruel line-drive single to LF, and then to 3rd on a WP).
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (BB, 3B, 2-3 SH, L-7, BB, RBI, 2 R)
2. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-3 (BB, F-8 SF, 3-1, 1B, 3-6 GIDP, RBI, 2 R)
3. Micah Gibbs, C-DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3, K, BB, R)
4. Justin Bour, 1B-DH: 2-5 (1B, 1-3, 4-3, 1B, K, RBI)
5a. Ryan Cuneo, DH #1: 0-4 (P-4, L-7, 3-U, F-9)
5b. Willson Contreras, 1B: 0-1 (P-5)
6a. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-4 (K, 3-U, 1-3, 1-3)
6b. Delbis Arcila, PH: 0-1 (F-7)
7. Chris Huseby, LF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, P-3, 1-3, RBI)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (6-4 FC, K, 3B, BB, 2 R)
9. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 2-3 (BB, K, 1B, 1B, RBI)
10. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 3-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, 1B, 1B, RBI, R)
1. Jin-Yeong Kim: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 54 pitches (37 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Charles Thomas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (8 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Tarlandus Mitchell: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 24 pitches (14 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Aaron Kurcz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
5. Casey Harman: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
1. 1B Justin Bour E-3 (dropped relay throw from outfield - allowed runner who had stopped at 3rd base to score and batter who had singled to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (fielding error - allowed batter to reach base)
3. 3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (fielding error - allowed batter to reach base)
4. LF Chris Huseby E-7 (bobbled ground ball single in LF - allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
5. SS Marco Hernandez E-6 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single - allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
Micah Gibbs: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy, with temperatures in the 90’s
Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
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