Angels Edge Cubs at Diablo
On a rehab assignment from AA Tennessee, Junior Lake (back strain) doubled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Pierre LePage (also on a rehab assignment after suffering a hamstring injury in Spring Training) laced an RBI triple, an RBI single, and walked, and Kevin Encarnacion ripped a two-run triple and scored a run, but the Angels scored three in the 5th and two more in the 8th to edge the Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe, AZ.
Lake hadn’t seen game action in more than a month, but he looked to be 100% today, batting six times (once in each of the first six innings) and playing shortstop for the first four innings.
He grounded out to short leading off the game, stuck out (swinging) in the top of the 2nd, walked and stole a base (but was left stranded) in the 3rd, clubbed a double off the LF fence and then scored on the LePage RBI triple in the top of the 4th, popped out to the third-baseman in the 5th, and flied out to deep CF in the 6th. Lake also handled two chances flawlessly in the field, starting a 6-4-3 DP to end the bottom of the 3rd, and throwing out another Angel hitter 6-3 to finish the 4th.
Another game or two like that and he’ll be back in the Smokies lineup by the end of the week.
RHP Jose Arias had another strong outing, throwing three shutout innings.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):
X. Junior Lake, SS-DH: 1-5 (6-3, K, BB, 2B, P-5, F-8, R, SB)
NOTE: Lake batted six times, once in each of the first six innings
1. Pierre LePage, 2B: 2-3 (BB, 3B, 1B, F-9, 2 RBI)
2. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, 3-U, P-5)
3. Ryan Durrence, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, K, K)
4a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-2 (K, K)
4b. Anthony Giansanti, C: 0-0 (HBP)
5. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, P-6, F-8)
6. Jair Bogaerts, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, K, 6-3)
7. Carlos Penalver, DH-SS: 1-3 (K, 2B, K, R)
8a. Brian Inoa, DH #3: 0-2 (P-5, K)
8b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PH: 0-1 (3-1)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-2 (F-7, BB, 1B, R)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 2-2 (1B, 3B, SH-FC, R, 2 RBI, CS)
1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Ian Dickson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 38 pitches (19 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
3. Charles Thomas: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 23 pitches (16 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Jin-Young Kim: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Rafael Diplan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 8 pitches (7 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS
Anthony Giansanti: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 90’s
nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.
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Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game
he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.
He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.
At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.
sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.
he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.
Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?
"The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."
Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.
seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.
I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.
I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.
Cardinals, stop that. Right now.
In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.
vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.
while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.
Carl Jr.! Very nice!
Baez with another "WTF?" play trying a delayed steal with a runner on 3rd and one out.. Remarkable talent, needs to make better decisions.
m.montgomery up in the pen with a man on 2nd, 2 out, and rondon 20 pitches into the inning.
...and rondon ends it 22 pitches in with a popout to RF.