Cubs Score with Small Ball
Evan Crawford singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, and Justin Bour reached base three times on two singles and a HBP, leading the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the A’s Split Squad #1 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
Trailing after a Michael Spina solo home run gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, the Cubs scored their first run in the bottom of the 1st inning when lead-off man Evan Crawford (acquired from the Giants in the Mike Fontenot deal) reached base on an infield single to deep short, stole 2nd , advanced to 3rd on a Logan Watkins sacrifice bunt, and scored on an Engel Santana sacrifice fly.
The Cubs scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the 7th. Justin Bour was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, and moved-up to 2nd base on a wild pitch. Oliver Zapata was sent-in to pinch run for Bour at this point, and Zapata advanced to 3rd on an errant pick-off throw by the A’s pitcher, and then scored on a passed ball.
Closer Kevin Rhoderick (2010 9th round pick out of Oregon State) pitched out of a one-out & bases loaded jam (of his own making) in the top of the 9th, getting a strikeout and an infield pop up to end the game.
Cubs 2010 2nd round pick Reggie Golden left the game with what appeared to be either lower back spasms or a right oblique strain.
18-year old Korean bonus baby RHP Jin-Yeong Kim threw off the mound today and looks to be ready to maybe get one more outing before Instructs concludes on Saturday. Kim left his last start with a leg injury.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Evan Crawford, CF: 2-4 (1B, F-9, E5, 1B, R, SB)
2. Logan Watkins, DH #1: 0-2 (1-3 SH, 3-1, 6-4 FC)
3a. Engel Santana, C: 0-2 (F-7 SF, 3-U, 4-3, RBI)
3b. Max Kwan, C: NO AB
4a. Justin Bour, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, HBP)
4b. Oliver Zapata, PR-RF: NO AB (R)
5. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-3 (3-U, K, K)
6a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K)
6b. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: NO AB
7. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 0-3 (4-3, 4-6 FC, 6-3)
8. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (6-3, K, 6-3)
9. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (1-3, K, 6-3)
10. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (F-9, 6-3, 2B)
1. Jeff Lorick: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 43 pitches (27 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Jhon Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 40 pitches (21 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Luis Liria: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 33 pitches (21 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Casey Harman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 13 pitches (9 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
Engel Santana: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy, with temperatures in the 90’s
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.
If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.
If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.
Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.