Morelli Hit Streak at 17 as Cubs Drop Giants

Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to 17 games with two doubles, Arismendy Alcantara tripled, singled, and scored a run, Xavier Batista doubled, tripled, and scored a run, and Vismeldy Bieneme reached base three times, scored one run, and drove-in another, as the EXST Cubs defeated the EXST Giants 4-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Indian School Park Field #4 in Scottsdale this morning.


Morelli has hit 437/485/621 over the course of his 17-game hit streak that goes back to May 5th, and with two more hits today, Morelli is hitting 384/452/603 with a team-leading 12 doubles in 23 EXST games since being sent down from Peoria on April 23rd. He has hit safely in 22 out of the 23 games he has played at Extended Spring Training, and he has reached base safely in all 23 games (he walked in the one game he went hitless). 



AA Tennessee LHP Casey Lambert (September 2009 TJS) continued his rehab, throwing one shutout inning (16 pitches) in today’s game.


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


LINEUP:
1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH #1: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI)
1b. Rafael Disla, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 2-4 (3B, 1B, 1-3, 4-3, R, PO)
3. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3, 1-3, K, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 3B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, L-8, BB)
5. Xavier Batista, DH #2: 2-4 (K, 2B, 3B, 5-4 FC, R)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-4 (2B, 2B, 4-3, P-6, RBI)
7. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 0-4 (F-8 DP, P-5, 3-1, F-8)
8. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 2-4 (K, 1B, P-6, 1B, R)
9a. Carlos Romero, C: 0-1 (K, 1-3 SH)
9b. Sergio Burruel, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
10. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, BB, K, RBI, R)


PITCHERS:
1. Casey Lambert – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
2. John Mincone – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/FO, 56 pitches (38 strikes)
3. Luis Liria – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Hector Mayora - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 35 pitches (24 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1 PO


ATTENDANCE: 5


WEATHER: Sunny, breezy, and hot, with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

Phil,
Less than a week until the draft. Do you have any interesting tidbits?

Submitted by Hagsag on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 3:18pm.
Phil,
Less than a week until the draft. Do you have any interesting tidbits?

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HAGSAG: Only because it seems obvious to me, but I expect the Cubs to select a catcher in the first two rounds, and if he falls to #65 in the 2nd round, Kellin Deglan (Wes Darvill's teammate on the Canadian Junior National Team) might be the one. Otherwise, it might be LSU catcher Micah Gibbs. Or Justin O'Conner could be their 1st round pick if none of the pitchers they like make it through to #16, mainly because O'Conner could get moved to the mound if he doesn't hit enough to remain behind the plate.

Xavier Batista had a pretty good year in the Dominican summer league last year and is young and has some size and power. What do you think of him?

Submitted by chuck on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 3:19pm.
Xavier Batista had a pretty good year in the Dominican summer league last year and is young and has some size and power. What do you think of him?

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CHUCK: He is a RH hitting version of Nelson Perez. He has plus-power, he runs well for a big guy, he has a plus-arm that's a bit scatter-gun, and he strikes out a LOT. (He has 40 K in 93 PA so far at EXST).

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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 3 hours 41 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 43 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • QuietMan 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 38 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 49 min ago view