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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  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.