A Good Day for the Cubs in Goodyear – Cubs 9, Reds 0

Spring Training Game Ten – Cubs 9, Reds 0

WP – Jason Hammel (1-0) LP – Alfredo Simon (0-1) Save – None

wflag-pub2014A patient Cubs’ roster took advantage of numerous opportunities Saturday and shut out the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.

The Cubs jumped out to a lead in the first inning on a two-run homer off the bat of Nate Schierholtz (2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored)  and never looked back. The Cubs scored nine runs on nine hits with eight walks.

Nate Schierholtz put together his best game of the spring. Schierholtz was not only responsible for a third of the Cubs’ runs but he made a sensational diving catch in the second inning that helped out Jason Hammel. Emilio Bonifacio (1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI) tripled in a run and plated another with a sac fly. Ryan Kalish (1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored) was solid once again at the plate and in the field. Mike Olt (1-for-4 with a RBI) started at first base and drove in a run. Christian Villanueva (1-for-1 with two RBI) singled in the last two runs of the game in the eighth inning.

The Cubs scored at least one run in five different innings on Saturday afternoon.

Jason Hammel got over his early butterflies and pitched three scoreless innings. Hammel walked the bases loaded in the first inning but wiggled his way out of trouble without allowing the Reds to score. Hammel surrendered two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in his first Cactus League start.

Eric Jokisch tossed three more shutout innings against a majority of the Reds everyday lineup. Jokisch allowed two hits with no walks and struck out four batters.

Cubs’ pitching held the Reds to six hits with five walks while striking out 12 batters.

With Saturday’s win, the Cubs improved to 4-5 on the spring.

Scoring Plays

Donnie Murphy worked a one out walk against Alfredo Simon in the first inning. And was on board when Nate Schierholtz hit his first longball of the spring, a two-run shot to right that gave the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. Welington Castillo grounded out to third and Mike Olt struck out swinging to end the first inning.

The Cubs added to their lead in the second inning. Ryan Kalish walked (3-2 pitch) to start the inning. With Darnell McDonald at the plate, Kalish swiped his second base of the spring. Kalish advanced to third when McDonald grounded to short. Bryan Price brought his infield in with Kalish at third and one down. Logan Watkins chopped a 0-1 pitch toward first. Joey Votto barehanded the ball but airmailed his throw to the plate. Kalish scored, 3-0 Cubs. Jason Hammel bunted toward third, Frazier picked up the ball and threw to second. His throw was off the mark. Cozart threw to first in time to pick up the out on Hammel. Emilio Bonifacio tripled to right center, Watkins scored … 4-0 Cubs. Donnie Murphy grounded out to short to end the inning.

Nate Schierholtz singled to right center to start the third. Welington Castillo singled to right center. Billy Hamilton bobbled the ball. Schierholtz advanced to third before Castillo ran into an out at second base. With the infield in, Mike Olt rolled one to third. Schierholtz scored, 5-0 Cubs. Kristopher Negron made a diving catch in left on a ball hit by Ryan Kalish for the third out of the inning.

After three complete, the Cubs led 5-0.

The Cubs added onto their lead in the sixth against Chad Rogers. Ryan Kalish led off with a single to left. Darnell McDonald walked. Logan Watkins singled to left. Kalish held at third and the bases were loaded with no outs for Eric Jokisch. The young lefty looked at strike three for the first out. Emilio Bonifacio worked a full count before flying out to deep right. Kalish tagged and scored, 6-0 Cubs. McDonald advanced to third on the play. Murphy flied out to left (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Logan Ondrusek could not throw a strike in the eighth inning. Darnell McDonald, Arismendy Alcantara and Will Remillard walked to load the bases to start the inning. Rubi Silva ran for McDonald at first after the leadoff walk and trotted in when Jeudy Valdez worked a bases loaded free pass … 7-0 Cubs. Christian Villanueva singled to center (0-1 pitch) and plated Alcantara and Remillard, 9-0 Cubs. With runners on first and second, still with no outs, Albert Almora struck out swinging. Price went to his pen and replaced Ondrusek with Trevor Bell. Dan Vogelbach and Jorge Soler were caught looking to end the inning.


Jason Hammel struggled with his command in the first inning. Hammel walked Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce to load the bases with one out. Hamilton even swiped two bases on back-to-back bases. Hammel struck out Todd Frazier and retired Devin Mesoraco on a pop out to Mike Olt at first base to end the inning.

Jason Hammel completed three innings of work in his first Cactus League outing. Hammel did not allow a run on while surrendering only two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The Reds left five runners on base while Hammel was on the mound.

Marcus Hatley had a good outing Saturday. Hatley walked a batter and struck out a batter in his inning of work.

Eric Jokisch completed three more scoreless innings of work. Jokisch surrendered three hits with no walks and four strikeouts Saturday at the Reds’ facility. Jokisch is ticketed for Triple-A Iowa to start the season but he has made an impression at big league camp so far this spring.

Carlos Pimentel worked out of a first and second no out jam in the eighth inning and kept the shutout in place.

Neil Ramirez retired all three batters he faced in the ninth with a strikeout.

The Cubs host the Brewers at Cubs Park on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Tyler Thornburg.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Olt keeps getting hits without even playing full-time. Really like what he’s doing and how he is trending. 12 months ago he was projected as a future all-star and it appears that his future still looks very bright.

    • cubtex

      Rider I am rooting for him too but let’s slow down a little bit. Here are his spring stats thus far.

      5 Games 14 AB 0 2B 1 HR 3 RBI 0BB 6 K’s.
      .214 Avg with a .214 OBP

      • paulcatanese

        And yet he keeps getting glorified, especially by Renteria.
        Olt is not a favorite of mine,,,,to this point. Although I always like to be proven wrong:)

    • paulcatanese

      What am I missing here? Two hits do not make an all star season. I would be glad to be wrong here but I don’t think so.
      He seems to have a no miss chance and is getting all the praise he can handle from manager up the line.
      Sure wish I knew what all the fuss is about.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        It’s proabbly premature. But he’s just getting comfortable and is starting to hit. I’m just saying. A year ago he was one of the top 25 prospects in all of baseball. Gets beaned in the head and spends a season battling vertigo and concussion symptoms. Now he appears healthy. Potential doesn’t just go away, if he continues to trot out there and get better I see no reason he can’t get back to where he was. Not saying he’ll be ROY but not saying it’s not possible either. I just don’t understand why there’s not more buzz and excitement about the guy. Top 25 prospect back healthy and maybe going to break camp with the big league club. I’m really excited to see if he can be what he was always expected to be before the horrible and unexpected problems he underwent last year.

        • paulcatanese

          OK Rider, I’ll buy that. It would be a Cinderella story for sure.
          And as I say, I would be happy to be wrong.

          • Tony_H

            An easier way to look at this is imagine he missed all of last season with an injury. He would then be coming off of a 2012 season in which he was the #22 prospect in all of baseball and put up these numbers.

            28 HR/82 RBI’s in 354 AB’s

            But because he played through his vision issue (how did he ever get any hits), and put up horrible numbers makes it a cinderella story?

            BTW in that very good season in 2012 his spring stats were this: 182/229/303/532 with no HR’s. Spring stats are not the best way to predict a season, that’s for sure.

          • cubtex

            Of course ST stats aren’t indicative of how you will perform in the majors(mostly poor stats for vets or inflated numbers for prospects) but you of course are putting up AA numbers not mlb numbers with Olt. Also…IF he is given an opportunity to win a starting job to have 6 K’s in 14 AB’s is not how you do it.

  • cubtex

    Ouch. The wheels came off today. RT @_JoshDGraham Jeff Hoffman’s line: 3.1 IP, career-high 7 BB’s, 6 K’s, 2 H, 2 HBP. @ECUBaseball

    7 walks in 3.1 IP? Ouch! Beede could be moving ahead of Hoffman and won’t be there when the Cubs pick. Of course a lot can happen before then.

    • SuzyS

      Cubtex, Too much of a crapshoot at this point to root for any individual draft pick. You, of all people, should know that.

      • cubtex

        Fun to follow the top prospects

        • SuzyS

          Yes…but not to get one’s heart set on.

  • mutantbeast

    Hmm-Jokisch is not considered a prospect, yet keeps putting up numbers.