Giants Edge Cubs at Indian School Park
Jeremy Sy belted an RBI triple and a single and Nick Noonan singled, doubled and scored a run, as the Giants edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Cubs were held hitless by Giants pitchers through the first five innings, before breaking through with two runs in the top of the 6th.
Ricardo Marcano led off the inning with a line-drive single through the box, and advanced to 3rd base on a two-base throwing error on a pick-off attempt at 1st base. Marcano later scored on a 4-3 GO. Then Rashad Crawford walked with two outs, stole 2nd base, and scored on an Alberto Mineo line-drive double into the RF corner.
19-year old 6-7 Dominican RHP Jeferson Mejia made his U. S. game debut today (he was at Instructs last fall but didn't pitch in any games), and he struggled with his control over his 1.2 IP stint (40 pitches - only 17 strikes). He allowed two runs on two hits (both singles), three walks and a WP, and was unable to complete his second inning of work, but he also struck out three (all three swinging).
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB, BB, R, SB)
2. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, F-7, RBI, CS)
3. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-4 (K, P-3, E-6, 4-3)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3, F-8, K)
5. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-3 (BB, F-9, K, K)
6. Eufran Vargas, C: 0-4 (L-3 DP, 6-3, 6-3, K)
7. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R)
8a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, RBI)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 0-1 (1-3)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, 1-3, 1B)
1. Trevor Graham: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 7/0 GO/FO, 43 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Jeferson Mejia: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (17 strikes)
NOTE: Mejia's second inning was stopped with two outs and runners at 1st & 2nd
3. Zak Hermans: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eufran Vargas: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
Everytime I recall Szcur's bone marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.