Giant Relentless Attack Too Much for Cubs to Overcome

Shilo McCall drilled a two-run single and a solo home run and scored twice, Jonah Arenado ripped an RBI single and two doubles and scored a run, Carlos Valdez singled twice, doubled, and scored three runs, Tyler Hollick smacked an RBI double, singled, walked, and scored a run, Julio Pena doubled twice and singled, and John Riley hammered a solo HR, as the Giants pounded out 19 hits (including seven doubles and two home runs) en route to a 10-5 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day action on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.   

Jeffrey Baez and Varonex Cuevas belted solo home runs for the Cubs.

The EXST Cubs hit only three HR over their first 37 Cactus League games, but they have hit nine HR over their last nine Cactus League Extended Spring Training games.

2014 EXST CUBS HOME RUNS (thru 5/26 - 46 games): 12
Jeffrey Baez - 2
Erick Castillo - 2
Rashad Crawford - 2
Varonex Cuevas - 2
Tyler Alamo - 1
Zak Blair - 1
Kevin Brown - 1
Rony Rodriguez - 1 

RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL - 2013 TJS rehab) started the game for the Cubs and threw a 14-pitch 1-2-3 1st inning (F-8, 6-3, K-looking). Fujikawa has thrown three times in the last six days, working one inning each time (40 pitches total - 23 strikes - 58% K), and he has retired all nine men he has faced in those 3.0 IP (4-3, F-9, P-3, K, F-8, 3-1, F-8, 6-3, K).  

RHP Erick Leal had his second consecutive poor outing, allowing seven runs (all earned) on 11 hits (including four doubles and two HR) and a walk in 5.0 IP (71 pitches). Over his last two games (8.0 IP - 141 pitches) Leal has allowed 13 runs (12 ER), 15 hits, and five walks.

The game was pre-planned as a 12-inning contest so that all of the Giants and Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):  

1a. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-3 (HR, 5-3, P-6, R, RBI)
1b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (6-3 DP, K, K)
2a. Kevin Brown, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9)
2b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-3)
3a. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-3 (1B, 6-4-3 DP, 1B+E3)
3b. Oliver Zapata, RF: 1-3 (2B, 6-U FC, F-8, SB)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8, F-7)
4b. Rony Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, P-4)
5a. Justin Marra, 1B: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-7, R)
5b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (K, 3-U)
6a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 5-3)
6b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, 1-3, R, SB)
7a. Mark Malave, C: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, K, R, RBI)
7b. Antonio Valerio, C: 1-2 (F-8, 1B)
8a. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 1-2 (BB, P-5, 1B)
9a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI, CS)
9b. Roney Alcala, 3B: 1-3 (L-7, 1B, 3-1, RBI)

1. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Trey Masek: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 10/3 GO/FO, 71 pitches (48 strikes)
4. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
5. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)

3B Roney Alcala - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Mark Malave: 1 PB 


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's  



Several weeks ago I said I thought it was terrible that the Cubs were spending so little on player payroll...

Report: Players’ Union Monitoring Cubs’ Lack Of Spending

so the people in charge of protecting the people that would benefit from the Cubs spending more money are upset that the Cubs aren't spending money.


They did this was Marlins in 2010

There is precedent for the league and union pushing teams to increase spending, as the Marlins were forced to do so several years ago. The difference in that situation and the Cubs’ is that the Marlins were receiving money from the revenue sharing system, while the Cubs pay into it. So it remains to be seen what, if any, action the Cubs could be forced to take.

think they looked into Pirates, Padres and Rays as well

Meh. I get wanting the Cubs to spens more $$...but I'd rather wait until some of the prospects get their shot, and see what they have before chasing big money/high priced talent, most of which would be over age 30.

Law's Mock Draft 2.0 (ESPN Insider)
If Brady Aiken and Carlos Rodon are gone at this pick, the Cubs go off the board, looking at a deal with one of a handful of players they like here -- Conforto, Kyle Freeland, or maybe the injured Jeff Hoffman.

Both GM Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein saw Max Pentecost within the past week, although I think he's less likely than the names above; Hoyer also saw Aaron Nola at the SEC tourney and left right afterward.

Wrigley-land new renderings

bullpen under RF bleachers, 2nd videoboard in RF, new locker room under Triangle building, a lot more signage, prety much all rooftop views will be blocked.

said they intend to start clubhouse construction in July and shouldn't require any further approval, Ricketts says if all this happens, could add $30-$40M in revenue per year.

Cubs now say the Wrigley renovation and redevelopment project will take 4 years and cost $575M, up from $500M b/c of new clubhouse plans.

I like the new clubhouse. That's kind of important in recruiting talent. Nobody wants to spend 81 days in that shit hole they currently use, it's gross.

said they intend to start clubhouse construction in July
digging a sinkhole? Items found...Zambrano's shoe, Tom Treblehorn, Wavin' Wendell and a Santo gamer hairpiece

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  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

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    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

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    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

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    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

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