Sanchez Continues Rehab as Giants Sweep Cubs at Fitch Park

The EXST Cubs dropped both games in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader at Fitch Park this morning, as one EXST Giants squad won 6-0 on Field #2, while the other squad won 8-4 on Field #3. Both games were pre-scheduled six-inning affairs, and the games were played simultaneously.


Freddy Sanchez (knee & shoulder surgeries) continued his rehab assignment with the EXST Giants, playing 2B and batting four times in the game on Field #2. Facing RHP Jesse Ginley, Sanchez lined into a 6-4 DP (near triple play) with runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs in the top of the 1st, ripped a single with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the 3rd against RHP Jadel Mendez and then scored one batter later on an RBI triple (and Sanchez appeared to be a bit gimpy as he rounded 3rd headed for home), and flied out to CF in the 5th and lined out to LF in the 6th against RHP Alvido Jimenez.


Jae-Hoon Ha continued his hot hitting on Field #3 (he’s now hitting 320/333/480), reaching base three times on two singles and a walk, but he had a bad game behind the plate, committing two costly throwing errors on consecutive plays.


With RHP Frank Batista on the mound, Ha threw a one-bouncer off-line to the 1st baseman on a dropped third strike leading off the 4th that allowed the batter to reach base safely (I can’t remember seeing one of those too often lately), and then on the very next pitch, Ha fielded what should have been a 2-3 sacrifice bunt in front of home plate, before proceeding to air-mail his throw over the 1st baseman’s head and into RF for a two-base error. (Both runners ended up scoring unearned runs). Ha also made wild throws (some bounced, some sailed) to 2nd base before the start of each inning (after the pitcher completed his warm-up pitches).


When you add Ha’s throwing issues to his previously-known receiving problems (six PB in seven EXST games behind the plate), it might equal a move back to the outfield. Ha was a catcher in HS in South Korea, but the Cubs moved him to RF after they signed him in 2008, and then he was moved back to catcher in the AZ Instructional League last September. And while he would certainly be a more-valuable prospect as a catcher than he would be as a RF, his defense behind the plate is just not improving. He tries hard, but I suspect the Cubs might just be considering a permanent move back to the OF for the 19-year old South Korean.


Here are today’s abridged box scores (EXST Cubs players only):


FIELD #2


LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, 4-3, SB)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-1 (HBP, BB, K, SB)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 1B)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 0-3 (5-3, L-8, K)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (E-6, F-7, L-4)
7. Blair Springfield, LF: 1-2 (6-4-3 GIDP, 1B)
8. Jose Guevara, 1B: 0-2 (K, 1-U)
9. Rafael Disla, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-9)


PITCHERS:
1. Jesse Ginley – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 2/4 GO/FO, 34 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Jadel Mendez – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/FO, 20 pitches (16 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS, 1 PB (led to unearned run scoring)


FIELD #3


LINEUP:
1. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (F-9, F-9, 4-3, L-8)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, C: 2-3 (1B, K, BB, 1B, R, CS)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 2B, F-9, 2 R)
4. Brandon May, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, BB, K, K)
5. Bobby Wagner, 3B: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, BB, K, 2 RBI)
6a. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 1-2 (2B, K)
6b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 5th
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 4-1, K)
8. Cody Shields, CF: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
9. SLOT WAS SKIPPED - NO DH


PITCHERS:
1. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Frank Batista – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 42 pitches (31 strikes)


ERRORS (4):
P Eduardo Figueroa E-1 (throwing error on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base – eventually scored unearned run)
3B Bobby Wagner E-5 (missed catch on infield pop-up allowed batter to reach base – eventually scored unearned run)
C Jae-Hoon Ha E-2 (errant throw to 1st base after dropped third strike allowed batter reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
C Jae-Hoon Ha E-2 (two-base throwing error over 1st baseman’s head on sacrifice bunt allowed batter to reach 2nd and runner at 1st base to advance to 3rd – eventually scored unearned run)


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jae-Hoon Ha: 2 E (see above)


ATTENDANCE: 18


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

Comments

Maybe this lazy guy can come be teammates with our lazy guys.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5...

Len Kasper quoting fangraphs from the TV broadcast in the bottom 1st inning, something about Ted Lilly's velocity...couldn't find a specific article though.

fastball velocity down to 85 this yr vs 87 last yr and slider velocity down some too...BB says it's by design from Lilly and he's not about velocity but location and changing speeds.

Cubs can add Pirates to list of bad teams they've lost a series to this year.

There's no shame in getting shut down by Charlie Morton.

ha

Actually last year, according to the talking heads he shut us out, so it's an improvement.

That's what mediocre teams do.

The Cubs season summed up in a youtube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCxc4SjpN6M&NR=1

You're right. The Cubs are totally the fire truck.

Milton Bradley says he needs "help", out indefinitely.

Seriously.

I hope he gets the help he needs.

Milton Bradley:15 day DL(Emotionally Retarded).

bwhahah

lol, seriously, though... I'm just gonna say it... Clinical depression. It can be debilitating.

from the surface he acts bipolar as hell. i dunno shit about what's going on with the guy.

he definitely cries (literally) a lot for a guy who's been around the game long enough to know that when you're on your 3rd-4th crying spell you've probably done 3-4 too many.

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/bra...

texted Gammons and says any stories of him packing up and going home are false...

showed up to a community event earlier today with some other teammates

probably out until the weekend

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100...

He's going through some things in his life right now that are very personal and emotional.

team seems to be saying all the right things and will help him and welcome him back...

I don't consider it a successful day unless I go through some things that are very personal and emotional.

trade ideas?

Mariners want a power hitter, unfortunately all of ours have NTC's.

teams that could use Gorzelanny...

Dodgers, Tigers, Nationals, DBacks among others.

Lee, colvin and gorzy for adrian gonzalez

Brad Snyder for Matt Tuiasosopo, a reasonably patient 3B with some pop who's blocked by Figgins.

I don't know, this team is mysterious. It's like they are just slightly deficient in every aspect. Some days, when the offense clicks they destroy the opponent.

The biggest needs, in order:

1. A big league shortstop...still. I'm tired of hearing that Theriot is "good enough". No he isn't. I would try to get Jack Wilson (Seattle probably wouldn't trade him) or Omar Infante (Braves probably wouldn't trade him). There's always Castro. I mean at this point, why not? Player development? Don't make me laugh.

2. Bullpen. Maybe the April bullpen would have looked different with a healthy Caridad and Guzman. Who knows, but I would add a boring veteran reliever. Some guy like Weathers (is he even still pitching) or some other guy that is sure to induce eye rolling.

3. Aramis Ramirez. WTF happened, dude?

I mean to work a 3-1 count last night with the bases loaded only to watch a meatball of a fastball right down the middle of the plate. That was mind-blowing. Then to settle for a sac fly on what would have been ball 4...

Yeah it was not a very good at bat, at least he got somethign out of it.

Then we have Soriano who had a good approach at the plate for a week and instantly determined that means that he can hit whatever he swings at and went back to sucking again.

And by "Gorzelanny" do you mean "Lilly"?

Norm's, a Fremont bar, has never been one to cry in its customers' beers. To the contrary, in years' past, it has offered domestic bottle discounts corresponding to the horrible batting averages of notorious big-bucks washout Richie Sexson and underachieving third baseman Adrian Beltre (who's back on his game this year in Boston).

Now, with Bradley currently hitting .214, a bottle of Bud currently goes for $2.14 at Norm's on Mondays (or whatever his batting average is by this coming Monday). But Norm's has added an extra wrinkle to this year's "crappy Mariner" promotion that stands to fatten bellies --and wallets--even further.

If Bradley spazzes out--storming out of the dugout, bumping an ump, flipping off rival fans, accusing an entire city of hating African-Americans (as he did in Chicago)--in the week leading up to a given Monday, Norm's patty melts, aka the "Milton Meltdown," will be discounted to $5 per sandwich, along with the cheapo brews.

That's awesome. At least they know what kind of freak they have on their hands in the clubhouse.

John Kruk said it best on BBTN, when is it his fault and not someone else's? And maybe this is the first time in his life he might be accepting blame for it.

No one should ever trust Milton at face value or take his word on anything. He has made a career out of apologizing and saying he has changed only to act like the same shit head he always has been.

Go back and read his comments when the Cubs signed him. I think i will put money on the fact he is bullshitting to cover his ass about walking out on the team. Even ESPN mentions you can't really trust Milton's comments....

If Bradley truly is contrite and is serious about seeking help, it will be a welcome change. The key is whether he is sincere. If so, perhaps he can come back and help the Mariners, or much more importantly, help himself. The shame will be if he is not and this week winds up as just another drop in the water torture that has been his career.

when is it his fault and not someone else's?

Exactly. Maybe, just maybe he's finally come to that point. When he stormed off, he said "I'm not helping the team, I'm packing my stuff" or something to that effect. Clearly, he's going to have to deliver before I believe Milton Bradley, but just maybe it's reached that point.

Interesting comments, but what do they have to do with trading Ted Lilly?

"He has made a career out of apologizing and saying he has changed only to act like the same shit head he always has been."

soriano?

yeah, I'd be thrilled to move Lilly's 85 mph fastball but I think he has a NTC and I assume other teams have scouts

He has "no-trade protection", which I assume to mean a list of teams he can't be traded to.

At this point, Gorzellany's a pretty valuable asset. With Lilly gone and Silva due to turn into a pumpkin - unless you're sure that Cashner and Jackson will be ready next year, we'd have to replace Gorz on the free agent market during the off-season were we to trade him.

I'm not all that worried about Lilly, yet. Even with what he showed last night he can probably luck into two good starts in a row to get someone to take him off our hands. If he's averaging 85, then he's probably throwing some pitches harder.

I saw a few 87 mph's last night and he certainly knows how to pitch as they say. But if you square up a fastball, it goes a long way.

No big deal, just trying to figure out the trade options and what the Cubs can get. Besides the bullpen, I assume their biggest needs are to try and find some younger power hitters (good luck).

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  • He was a big key to the crazy start, a big key to the end of last year, a big key in not beating the Mets (although lots of help from a tired inexperienced team there), so although the team as a whole can get through a series with a good Jake it will be tough with a bad Jake. I don't think it's realistic to have the insanely great Jake again, but maybe it is. Seeing today's box score it appears maybe it is - but I haven't been able to tune in yet.

    Old and Blue 1 min 13 sec ago view
  • IMO Jake is really the key to winning the World Series, but maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on one player.

    Rob Richardson 32 min 19 sec ago view
  • The reports that they offered EITHER Jimenez or Torres for Chapman are a little disconcerting. I hope 1) Those reports are wrong, and 2) if they are not wrong, that they will hold on to him, as the team could use the outfield depth. I have only seen him in the futures game, but he looks like a keeper.

    Old and Blue 54 min 41 sec ago view
  • Very nice. I saw him in Lansing in May. I'm still stunned that he hit a 400-foot foul ball onto Larch Street ... which is going the other way for a right-handed batter. It was perhaps the most amazing swing I've ever seen a minor league player take. I should also mention that it was about 40 degrees out at the time. Not that it's evidence of anything per se, but I feel his plate approach is way more advanced than Soler was at this stage in his development and that the comparisons aren't really fair to Jimenez. 50/50 chance I'll go to Midland tonight for the low-A debut of Oscar de la Cruz.

    John Beasley 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick

    Eric S 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • Meanwhile, out West:

    SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.

    billybucks 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 8 hours 47 min ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 10 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 19 hours 2 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 19 hours 26 min ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 19 hours 53 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 20 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 21 hours 48 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 21 hours 57 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 23 hours 23 min ago view