Angels Net Nada from Pierce, Kyuji, and Rosscup at Riverview Park

RHP Pierce Johnson (AA Tennessee 7-day DL - calf - hadn't thrown in a game since May 19th), RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs MLB 60-day DL - 2013 TJS - hadn't thrown in a Cactus League EXST game since last Monday), and LHP Zac Rosscup (Cubs 15-day DL - shoulder - hadn't thrown in a game since May 9th) combined to toss 3.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball and Danny Canela belted a double and a triple for the Cubs, and LHP Jonah Wesely threw three innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts for the Angels, as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #4 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. 

42-year old OF Manny Ramirez (signed by the Cubs last week to be a player-coach at AAA Iowa) has arrived at Riverview Park to get into playing shape, and so security has been increased. There was a definite uptick in attendance today (most-likely related to Manny's expected arrival), although ManRam did not play in the EXST game.

17-year old OF Eloy Jimenez was at Riverview Park today, too, watching the game from the bleachers (he hasn't played in a game since last Tuesday). Whether his trip to the DSL has been indefinitely postponed or just temporarily delayed remains to be seen. It would be nice if Eloy could play in at least one or two more Cactus League EXST games, though, since he leads the EXST Cubs in RBI and is (was) in the middle of a hot streak (hitting 360/385/640 since May 14th). 

LHP Andin Diaz (who was assigned to the DSL Cubs last Friday) was not present at Riverview today and presumably has reported to the DSL Cubs, although (who knows?) maybe he'll pop up again, too.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (K, 4-6-3 DP, HBP, K)
2a. Mark Malave, DH #1: 1-3 (3B, F-8, K, R)
2b. Rony Rodriguez, PH-1B: 0-1 (K)
3a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, BB, F-9)
3b. Oliver Zapata, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Danny Canela, 1B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 3B, E-3)
4b. Charcer Burks, PR: NO AB (R)
5. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, K, BB)
6. Jesse Hodges, DH #2: 0-3 (K, L-8, K, BB)
7. Kevin Brown, LF: 1-2 (1B, 3-U, BB, F-8 SF, RBI)
8. Giuseppe Papaccio, 3B: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, L-9, BB)
9. Zak Blair, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, BB, F-7, 4-3)
10. Varonex Cuevas, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-9, 1B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Pierce Johnson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Zac Rosscup: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Trevor Clifton: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 6/3 GO/FO, 45 pitches (28 strikes)
5. Josh Davis: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (15 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Giuseppe Papaccio - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. P Trevor Clifton - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)
3. SS Varonex Cuevas - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored uinearned run)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 27 (ManRam Fever! Catch It!)

WEATHER: Sunny & hot with temperatures 100+

Comments

Phil, do you feel Fuji is making progress on his rehab?

HAGSAG: Fujikawa keeps having minor setbacks that keep him from completing his rehab down here. Like he'll warm up in the bullpen and then go back to the clubhouse instead of pitching in the game, and then it's a few more days until you see him pitch in a game (although he does play catch most every day on the Agility Field).

He did throw OK in the game today, although he didn't get many swings & misses. Hopefully he can stay on course and get out of here pretty soon.

Rosscup was throwing gas today, and his breaking ball looked great, too. If there are no setbacks, he could be at Iowa or even back up with the Cubs in fairly short order. 

Pierce Johnson struggled to throw strikes in his one inning (24 pitches - 15 strikes), although at least there didn't appear to be anything wrong with his leg (calf).

 

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/ask-ba-appels-rough-start-cant-be-...

interesting take on college pitchers taken with first 3 picks...Appel had a stinker over the weekend and why it may actually mean something.

That article kind of blew my mind ...

Baez out of Iowa lineup tonight, HBP in hand yesterday.

Grantland pitchcraft breakdown on Samardzija

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/pitchcraft-jeff-...

Conforto 0/2 with a BB so far in the regional final game...7th inning.

There'd be no end to the criticism and conjecture. But it would at least give us something to talk about other than when the kids are coming.

Senility?

Bud Norris is not happy with the Singleton contract extension

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/bal-orioles-pitcher-bud-no...

this sums up my feelings on it

@DSzymborski

The MLBPA can't happily agree to structures that limit the earnings of amateurs and then be shocked when it makes those more risk-averse.

Beefy to the DL, Whiteside called up, Rondon off paternity leave and Jose Veras DFA'd

Oh God, now we get Baker and Whiteside in the lineup everyday. Maybe Rizzo and Castro can get hurt and we can start setting some MLB records.

Baker was pacing himself.

eli whiteside being allowed near a MLB club is f'n embarrassing. the cubs just brought up a guy hitting .171 in the minors...who hit .187 last year in the minors. the guy last had a .300+ ob% in 2004...in AA. it's not even like he's an elite defender, though it is his strong point now that the power promise he used to show seems to be tapped out.

there's already enough embarrassing about the past 3-4 years without piling it on with eli f'n whiteside.

what does whiteside add to a pitcher's fastball though?

lulz.

i wonder what magical "veteran presence" he has to even still be in the game...much less get employeed by theo/jed. sure, he calls a good game, has a good arm, and stops balls...but he's not so good you can ignore his almost complete lack of bat.

FWIW, as a post 2013 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a Major League contract after 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2013 World Series, Jose Veras has an automatic "no trade" right through June 15th. Veras can waive this right, but if he does he can be traded only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. (Not that he would have much trade value). Also, because he has accrued more than five years of MLB Service Time, Veras must give his permission before he can be sent outright to the minors. So it is VERY likely that he will be released.  

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140603&content_id=78006240&fe...

G. Amaya, B. Rademacher, A. McKirahan, F. Pena make FSL All-Star team

Six Smokies are Southern League all stars: Bruno, Bryant, Andreoli, Black, Rivero & Lopez.

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  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 38 min 55 sec ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 54 min 12 sec ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 32 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 13 hours 7 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 13 hours 37 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 14 hours 31 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 14 hours 52 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 15 hours 1 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 15 hours 7 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 15 hours 16 min ago view