Jurica Slugs Giants to Victory at Indian School Park
Carter Jurica tripled and scored to key a two-run 1st inning, and blasted a solo HR leading off the bottom of the 6th to provide what proved to be the game-winning run, as the Giants edged the Cubs 3-2 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.
The game was extended an extra half-inning so that Cubs LHRP Andrew McKirahan could get his pre-scheduled inning of work.
The Cubs offense sputtered once again, with heavy guns like Reggie Golden, Dustin Geiger, Javier Baez, Taiwan Easterling, and Rafael Lopez still out of the lineup with various injuries.
Zeke DeVoss was involved in both of the Cubs run-scoring innings, leading off the top of the 1st with a single back through the box, advancing to 2nd on a ground out (hit & run), and then scoring the first run of the game on a Micah Gibbs RBI single, and later driving-in Justin Marra from 3rd base with a single in the top of the 6th to tie the game (for a very short time) at 2-2.
The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs 3B Mark Malave, who came in at full tilt like the proverbial “bull in a china shop” (and the 16-year old Venezuelan is built like a bull, too!) to field a swinging bunt bare-handed, and then nailed the batter at 1st base by half a step for the third out of the inning with a strong off-balance throw that was right on the money. The Cub bench and the few spectators who were at the game whooped it up pretty good as Malave came off the field, and the kid was all-smiles.
Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Zeke DeVoss, CF: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, 1B, 1-3, R, RBI)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-4 (5-3, K, K, 4-3)
3. Micah Gibbs, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K, RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (P-6, 6-3, 1B)
5. Yaniel Cabezas, C-DH: 0-3 (P-4, 6-3, F-7)
6a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
6b. Jeimer Candelario: DH #2: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
7. Trey Martin, LF: 0-3 (L-9, F-9, K)
8a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB, CS)
8b. Rubi Silva, 2B: 1-1 (1B)
9. Justin Marra, DH #3: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, 3-1, R)
10a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (5-3)
10b. Shawon Dunston, Jr, RF: 0-1 (1-3 SH, 4-3)
11. Mark Malave, 3B: 1-3 (L-7, 1B, K)
1. Scott Weismann: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 26 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 28 pitches (18 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Christopher Pieters: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 35 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Felix Pena: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (9 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Amaury Paulino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (5 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
6. Andrew McKirahan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
Micah Gibbs: 2-2 CS
RF Shawon Dunston, Jr - threw out batter 9-6 trying to stretch a single into a double
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 90’s
The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
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...