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):
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
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)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
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)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
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)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
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)
6b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
7a. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, 4-3, 6-3)
7b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
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)
9b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
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)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 2-2 CS, 2 PO
WEATHER: Sunny and H-O-T with temperatures 100+
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 mlb.com, 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.