Deep-Fried Snakes on Cubs Brunch Menu at Riverview Park

Alberto Mineo (a double and a run scored), Oliver Zapata (an RBI triple and a run scored), Jesse Hodges (an RBI double and a run scored), Kevin Brown (an RBI single and a run scored), and Rashad Crawford (RBI triple) sparked the Cubs to a four-run 2nd inning, Jeffrey Baez belted an RBI triple and a double and scored two runs, and Erick Leal threw five innings of one-run ball, as the Cubs hammered the Diamondbacks 8-2 on Field #5, and Trey Masek and four relievers combined to toss a six-hit shutout and Gleyber Torres singled twice, walked, and drove-in the game's only run, as the Cubs whitewashed the D'backs 1-0 on Field #6, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.     

In EXST Cubs roster news, RF Eloy Jimenez has been assigned to the DSL Cubs. 

The 17-year old Jimenez (last year's top-rated July 2 international free-agent) hit 238/270/357 in 24 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (89 PA), with 4/22 BB/K. one HR, five doubles, a triple, and a team-leading 16 RBI. He had a sore arm in Minor League Camp that limited him to DH duty-only until mid-April, and even then he only started eight EXST games in RF. No question his defense needs a lot of work.

But Jimenez caught fire at the plate on May 14th, hitting 360/385/640 over his final seven games (26 PA). He hit his only Cactus League EXST home run in what turned out to be his last EXST game (versus the Angels in Tempe this past Tuesday), when he drove-in four runs with a three-run HR and an RBI single.   

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):  


1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 2-4 (1B, 3B, L-7, K, RBI, SB)
2. Mark Malave, DH #1: 1-3 (K, F-9, 1B, BB, R)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-4 (K, 2B, 6-4 FC, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
4. Danny Canela, 1B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI)
5a. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-2 (2B, 4-6-3 DP, R)
5b. Erick Castillo, C: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, RBI)
6a. Oliver Zapata, LF: 1-2 (3B, 4-3, R, RBI)
6b. Rony Rodriguez, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (2B, F-7, 4-3, 5-3, R, RBI)
8. Varonex Cuevas, SS: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, 4-3, CS)
9. Giuseppe Papaccio, 2B: 0-4 (K, K, K, F-8)
10. Kevin Brown, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 5-3, R, RBI)

1. Erick Leal: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2 PO, 4/4 GO/FO, 71 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Francisco Carrillo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (24 strikes)

1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Giuseppe Papaccio - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS


1. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-5 (6-3, F-7, 1B, 3-1, F-7)
2. Gleyber Torres, SS; 2-3 (6-3, 1B, 1B, BB, RBI, PO)
3. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 1-4 (1B, 4-6 FC, 6-5 FC, F-9)
4. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (K, HBP, BB, F-8)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-4 (F-9, 3-6-3 DP, K, 4-3)
6a. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (P-6, K, F-8)
7a. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, 4-3, 6-3)
8a. Antonio Valerio, DH: 1-2 (BB, F-8, 1B, R)
8b. Arnaldo Calero, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
9a. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (4-3, 2-3, 4-3)

1. Trey Masek: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 31 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Carlos Llano: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 4/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (18 strikes)

SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Tyler Alamo: 2-2 CS, 2 PO


WEATHER: Sunny and H-O-T with temperatures 100+ 


Haven't heard a peep about Abreu Soler since I saw he was going to Chicago to have his hammy looked at.

Some interesting Bryant stats in the tweet box suggest that the league is at least TRYING to adjust. From the last six games: 526 (10-29), 5 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 8 BB.

This suggests that possibly the league is trying to pitch around him ala Barry Bonds. All four homers solo shots, and 8 walks. Don't pitch to that guy with men on base. Try that with Rizzo up next.

i think his Ks issue is overblown, myself.

the notion of "learning to not strike out" rarely works and it usually involves tinkering with bat grips, position in the batter's box, timing mechanisms, etc...things to slow down a hitter's "trigger" to swing or open up a better view of the pitch.

bryant's always K'd 20-25% of his ABs...from high school to college til's part of his game unless he turns a corner. now he's facing much more talented competition. it's a testament to what he does at the plate that he manages to walk, too. he may miss some pitches, either swinging or caught napping, but he also seems to not be trying to hit everything thrown at him.

he's got some taming to do, f'sure...he's currently K'ing about 31% in AA...but i wouldn't be surprised to see him settle out at a 25% K guy, snagging 150+ Ks a year. everything else surrounding the Ks seems to be quite promising (hits, power, walks). he's not a lumbering slow guy, either...he turns some hits that would be long/deep singles for some players into doubles.

cubs finally show a s.sosa highlight for their "100 years/wrigley" package they've been doing on wgn games all year.

i dunno what's going on between sosa and the cubs, but it's weird.

this was recently in the Sun-Times (May 25): ‘‘I don’t know where things stand with Sammy right now,’’ Cubs president Theo Epstein said of Sosa, the most prolific home-run hitter in franchise history, who has been estranged from the team since a bitter parting after the 2004 season.

maybe he's not interested, maybe the new regime isn't interested, or maybe one side or the other is "fighting" over something. i doubt it's the "suspected PEDs" cloud because it seems so few care about that anymore if you're old (giambi) or retired (m.mcgwire) even if you're still part of the game. besides, theo GM'd PED'd (and suspected PED'd up) rsox teams and just hired m.ramirez to coach kids in AAA.

ninja's unreal was nice knowing you...c-ya.

1.68 has turned into 2.54 through 3 innings and 8er...yow.

I kept telling Theo, Theo, I said, strike while the iron's hot, dude. Don't wait for these teams to call you. Go through that iPad contact list and call every GM and get the best deal you can for Shark NOW. Move on this, I kept saying to him. Did he listen? No. No he did not. He's too busy examining Jorge Soler's medicals.

I've often wondered why they can't trade these players prior to the deadline but the buyers just RARELY go for it. It's maddening ... You'd think that if a team wants a player, why not get him for an extra month ... But it's weird there's just no urgency. All this is to say I'm sure Theo would have loved to trade him ...

So I take it I'm in the small minority that wouldn't mind seeing Shark sign an extension?

I would be happy to see him signed to an extension. This is not a salary dump. If they don't receive a boat load of talent in return don't trade him.

I'd love to see the Cubs sign Shark...but not for 6 years, $20 mill per...

How about $18M/per?

How about 4 years/$16 million per?

Nobody is untouchable, but I think the Cubs, if they trade Shark, should really rake. If nobody wants to pony up at least two legit, healthy prospects, sign him. The Cubs really hold all the cards at this point.

...if he even wants to sign with the cubs.

they've been publically entertaining offers for him since he ended his 4th year of club well as trying to extend him with no success.

if price is an issue, what he's showing so far this year isn't going to make him any more of a bargain.

Well, if this is how Samardzija pitches, then he's going to cost money. Good pitchers cost.

to echo other sentiments, I'm good with as much as 5/85 deal (10/5 rights will kick in at some point during that deal).

But think Samardzija wants 100+ and 6-7 years

spitballing of course on numbers, but Cubs don't seem eager to pay him top dollar and Ninja seems to think he's worth it. Which is certainly his right, no reason to take a deal if he's not 100% happy here, which he certainly doesn't seem to be

Homer Baily really threw off the price structure.

heh, good point

6/105M extension

currently sitting with a 5.04 ERA/4.37 FIP

rizzo ejected...1st of his career.

arguing balls/strikes. it's the most animated/outraged i've ever seen him. fwiw, he was more upset over the called 3rd strike than the ejection.

This and his clubhouse comments - dude seems pretty frustrated.

it's gotta be weird knowing you had better clubhouse + equipment rooms in college than in the major leagues...especially when you're committed to the team until 2019-2021.

Yes, swimming in cash and blowjob parades must be really hard. Poor SOB.


this guy...

*thumbs up*

k.bryant 18th HR? k.bryant 18th HR.

also 2 Ks and a BB.

Kneel before Saad!!!

and then Toews!!!


That Saad Kane Shaw line was a stroke of genius by Q. But they gotta stay aggressive!

Second straight conn smyth for kaner?

Tonite is for cup

/rangers prepare for sweep

Hockey is SO crazy. A 2-0 lead in the first is a curse against LA! C'mon 'Hawks, stay on 'me boys! This game is gonna be epic!

Ps - are these offenses this good or defenses this bad?

This series is gonna give me a heart attack. Everytime one team scores other team comes back.

Do you think it is strategic how hockey teams don't play aggressively when they have a lead? Or is it physically impossible to match the adrenaline of a team that is desperate. I find it horrifying to watch Hawks play D with a 1 goal lead against the Kings. Our strength is offense and we stop with a lead - seems a matter of when (not if) the Kings will score if we don't attack the net. Ugh. Heart attack city.

well on the bright side, more time to watch the Cubs....nevermind.

Double ouch.

Hawks lost 5 of 6 this postseason in games they were leading 2-0.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.