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Monday, April 29, 2019

MLB roundup: Zobrist, Cubs outlast D-backs in 15 innings

Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and Ben Zobrist broke a tie with a two-run double in a three-run 15th inning as the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 6-5 victory on Sunday in Phoenix.

Tyler Chatwood, the Cubs’ seventh pitcher, doubled to the fence in right-center field with one out in the 15th inning off Matt Andriese (3-2) and took third on Albert Almora Jr.’s single to center.

Zobrist, who entered the game in a double-switch in the 11th inning, doubled into the right field corner and took third on the throw to home, which failed to beat Almora. Bryant followed with a sacrifice fly.

David Peralta singled with two outs in the 15th off Kyle Ryan before Christian Walker doubled, and pinch hitter Caleb Joseph hit a two-run single to make it 6-5. Cubs right-hander Allen Webster entered and got Nick Ahmed to fly out to the warning track in left field for his first career save.

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QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:18 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: ben zobrist, cubs, diamondbacks, extra innings

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2019 at 08:26 AM (#5836240)
A win is a win and after the terrible 1-6 start, the Cubs have gone 13-6 with a 97-58 run differential. In fact they gave up more runs in the first 7 than in the last 19. Still plenty of question marks (pen, Bryant, OF) but at least we're not still floundering like the Red Sox.
   2. Spahn Insane Posted: April 29, 2019 at 08:47 AM (#5836246)
Between Chatwood's bases loaded escape (it's the rare circumstance where one brings Chatwood in with the bases loaded and the winning run on third and it's actually the right move, but it was last night) and rally-starting double yesterday, and Joseph's 2-run single to bring the winning run to the plate the day after he'd thrown a 1-2-3 9th, there was some notable two-way scrubbery going on this past weekend.

Chatwood's double was off his former high school teammate Matt Andriese.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5836260)
This seemed like a game they were destined to lose, going 10 innings without scoring a run and squandering great scoring opportunities in three consecutive extra inning frames. So I guess it makes sense that Tyler Chatwood of all people not only gets the game to the next inning, he is the eventual go-ahead run.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:27 AM (#5836262)
it's the rare circumstance where one brings Chatwood in with the bases loaded and the winning run on third and it's actually the right move, but it was last night


Did they have someone with even worse control pitching already?
   5. Zonk Has Two Faces, Both Laughing Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:31 AM (#5836264)
Is it time to maybe say this Cubs edition is "plucky"?

Two games over and two games back isn't Wow as April wraps up, but I'm increasingly thinking Joe really is worth paying to come back.

After that dreadful first week+ - I thought we were in for a long and painful season.... instead, the ship seems righted and however intangible the 'why' might be - I feel like Joe has at least *something* to do with that.
   6. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5836266)
Did they have someone with even worse control pitching already?


Dillon Maples walked the bases loaded.
   7. Brian C Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:07 AM (#5836274)
Dillon Maples walked the bases loaded.

Yes, this. After getting two easy outs to start the inning, Maples walked the next three batters, and on something like 14-15 pitches, IIRC. He just completely lost control and mostly wasn't even close. Chatwood was the right option and it was an easy call.

The TFA saying that "Allen Webster entered and got Nick Ahmed to fly out to the warning track in left field" is underselling the drama, IMO. What happened is that Ahmed crushed a liner that nearly sailed over Zobrist's head as he backpedaled; he had to leap to make the catch. It looked like a homer off the bat, frankly, and was very nearly a game-tying double off the wall. I don't think Webster "got" him to do anything except give Cubs fans a moment of panic.

That game was just super-tense and frustrating last night but also had an instant-classic sort of feel from the 11th inning or so on. Felt good to win it finally.
   8. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:26 AM (#5836282)
It's minor league ball and most of you don't care about that but given that it involved the (AAA Iowa) Cubs and control problems last night (second game of a double header)...

They scored 15 in the first inning of a 19-4 win. Here's how the first four innings of that went (|| denotes a pitching change):

SO BB HP BB HR FO 2B || BB 1B 1B 1B 2B BB BB 2B || BB HR GO
SO BB BB BB BB || FO PO
PO HR GO GO
BB BB BB FO SO 1B || PO --- by this point, the Cubs had set a record for walks in a game. It was the 4th inning.
They walked two more times over the last two innings before the game ended (after 6.5 innings).
   9. PreservedFish Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5836285)
Dillon Maples? Quality name.
   10. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:44 AM (#5836297)
Statistically, on a per inning basis, he looks like an early Nolan Ryan. Per 9 IP (majors and minors combined, mostly minors):

H - 7.5
HR - 0.3
BB - 6.4
K - 11.0
   11. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:48 AM (#5836298)
Dillon Maples has amazing stuff. Filthy, nasty slider and a plus fastball. He also has no control. If he could figure out his walk problem, he would be an amazing closer. He's 27 already, so the odds of that ever happening are extremely low.

   12. Spahn Insane Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5836300)
If Chatwood can get his walk rate down to, say, 5 per 9, he could be a hell of a weapon. He really does have nasty stuff.

EDIT: And what everyone else said about Maples. At this point, he's Chatwood (perhaps with even better stuff) without the track record of some MLB success. It's frustrating, because he's been so dominant in the minors.
   13. Spahn Insane Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5836307)
Two games over and two games back isn't Wow as April wraps up, but I'm increasingly thinking Joe really is worth paying to come back.

Too early for me to form an opinion on bringing him back, but between the cover-your-eyes-awful start and the lingering sense of malaise from the end of last year and the decidedly underwhelming offseason (and Maddon's own lame-duck status), I was afraid this might turn into the 2004 Cubs team, which I've labeled "Dusty's D0ngwranglers," in which case I'd have tuned the season out early. I think Maddon deserves a fair bit of credit for that not happening. (Yes, it's early, but I can't see Maddon fomenting clubhouse discord by encouraging or at least enabling his players' whining about how mean the broadcast crew is the way Baker did.)
   14. PreservedFish Posted: April 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5836308)
Holy crap, 18 K/9, 9 BB/9 in AAA? Why isn't this guy a phenomenon?

Also, what happened between 2016 and 2017? He literally doubled his K rate.
   15. Zonk Has Two Faces, Both Laughing Posted: April 29, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5836313)
Because he was drafted a bazillion years ago.... He also had some injury problems. They futzed about with him as a starter for a few years - with almost zero success.... then moved him to the bullpen - where he kept getting hurt.... before finally getting healthy in 2017 (by which point, I think he was actually minor league FA eligible).

But sure.... he's Carlos Marmol - just without having a few brief years of knowing reasonably well where that wipeout slider is going.
   16. Spahn Insane Posted: April 29, 2019 at 11:13 AM (#5836315)
My eyeball impression is that Maples and Carl Jr. both suffer from a significant case of the yips.

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