Baby Jordan Goes Yard at Riverview Park

Rashad Crawford walloped a game-tying solo home run over the RF fence in the bottom of the 6th and Luis Hernandez threw three innings of shutout relief, as the Cubs and Diamondbacks played to a 1-1 tie on Field #5, and Carlos Hernandez tossed four innings of one-hit shutout ball and combined with four D'back relievers to blank the Cubs 2-0 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.

Both games were scheduled to be eight-inning affairs, but the game on Field #5 was called after 7-1/2 innings with the score tied.

RHP Tevor Graham (Cubs 2013 13th round draft pick - Franklin Pierce University) got the start for Squad "A" and threw three perfect innings with six strikeouts on Field #6. Graham has a plus curve, and it was really working for him today.

Five Cub pitchers combined to punch-out 14 Diamondbacks on Field #6, albeit in a losing cause.

Known as "Baby Jordan" in high school because of his basketball prowess, 6'3 Rashad Crawford (Cubs 2012 11th round draft pick out of Mundy's Mill HS in Georgia) is an outstanding defensive CF, but hitting has been a real struggle (just 202/304/256 in 51 games and 197 PA at AZL Cubs 2012-13). He gave up switch-hitting at Extended Spring Training last year and now only hits left-handed, and he has been trying to learn to play "small ball" to take better advantage of his plus-speed, so hitting his first professional HR today was quite a surprise. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 


1. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (BB, 6-3, K, F-9)
2. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-2 (F-8, BB, E-4)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, K)
4. Tyler Alamo, DH: 0-3 (6-3, 4-3, F-8)
5. Justin Marra, C: 0-3 (F-7, 3-U, P-6)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (P-3, F-9, 6-3)
7. Zak Blair, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, K)
8. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-3 (3-1, 2B, F-7)
9. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-3 (6-3, K, L-5)

1. Trevor Graham: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BR, 0 BB, 6 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 33 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Jeferson Mejia: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
4, Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Alberto Diaz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)


Justin Marra: 1-1 CS  


1. Bryant Flete, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, K)
2. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-3 (F-7, P-3, 1B)
3. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 1-3)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-2 (5-3, P-4)
4b. Dalfis Ortiz, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
5. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 1-3 (1B, F-7, 5-3, SB)
6. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (BB, K, F-9, PO)
7. Mark Malave, C: 0-3 (K, 4-3, K)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
9. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-2 (K, HR, R, RBI)

1. Adbert Alzolay: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Luis Hernandez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 5/0 GO/FO, 35 pitches (24 strikes) 
3. Michael Wagner: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Carlos Llano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)


Mark Malave: 1-2 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


So, he hits like Jordan, too.

stupid rain delay with delayed start...i was timing my dinner to be ready for the 8pm start. /firstworldproblems

I know, right? Now you'll have to watch the game sleepy with a belly full of food and a good rain-delay drunk on.

ha. life = hard.

also, game on.

j.arrieta knocked around a bit in daytona...

5.2ip 5h 2bb 7k, 5r/3er (3hr)

t.wood 3r HR...lulz...ARZ, you suck.

...and he follows it up with a RBI double...ARZ, you suck.

I wonder how Travis Wood feels about playing 2B and leading off during his off days...

it's still really weird seeing wrigley so empty. hopefully it will pick up this summer.

they keep announcing attendance in the 27K-30K+ range...even though most of the time it looks like the "butts in seats" attendance is 10-15K at best. i haven't seen bleacher attendance so low since before the sosa/mcgwire HR chase days back in 98.

one really annoying side effect is (at least on CSN feeds) that they keep the field+crowd mics cranked up in volume...though it does lead to picking up a lot more player cussing/anger for side effect lulz.

The attendance may get a little better as the weather warms up, but get used to the generally sparse crowds until the Cubs as an organization start showing some signs of competitiveness. I think it's the right signal for fans to send to management: we're not going to pay big dollars to come to the park until you put out a product worth paying for.

The attendance may get a little better as the weather warms up, but get used to the generally sparse crowds until the Cubs as an organization start showing some signs of competitiveness. I think it's the right signal for fans to send to management: we're not going to pay big dollars to come to the park until you put out a product worth paying for.

I absolutely agree. And if they're not going to put out a competitive product, at least play the kids pretty much exclusively and abandon that platoon bullshit. Why should fans pay to watch guys like Barney, Valbuena and Schierholtz? There's no excuse, especially, for not playing Olt every day, I don't care if he is hitting a buck ninety. This is the only real opportunity to see what he's got, and figure out if they need Bryant to stay at third or move him to OF.

Junior Lake is a lot more fun to watch than Kalish or Sweeney.

On the other hand, Lake has a steep learning curve, which he might navigate a little more quickly knowing he could be riding the bench tomorrow. While on the bench, he might contemplate what he will do differently the next time the pitcher throws one of those tantalizing-but-high fastballs.

The manager should talk softly but carry a big pencil (for writing the lineup card).

IMO it's the big dollars part of it that's keeping people away. Going out to Wrigley on a whim is fun regardless of how the Cubs are playing, but not if you're spending $70+ for a ticket and $9/beer. That's what 60" HDTVs are for.

I propose this new rule for Cubs' management: The most expensive ticket in the park should be no higher than the total number of wins from the previous season. A Dugout Box for $66 would get some butts in the seats!

Do they still have the stupid f-ing ticket queue on ticket day? That thing has totally turned me off to buying Cubs tickets. Oh, yeah, I know, I could pay more than face value if I purchase from the 'legal' Cubs scalper.

Personally, the drive to Cincy takes just as long for me as the drive to Chicago, so these days I just go to Cincy to watch the Cubs play.

Stub hub you can get in the park for under $10.00

Phil, any fresh observations on Mejia or Luis Hernandez, the giants? Does Hernandez look like he throws hard, or not particularly? Mejia is pretty fast, I think, although obviously control is not so much. platooning Olt and Lake...kinda..Ruggiano against a righty too and hitting second.
Interesting lineup I suppose?

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  • Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.

  • I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.

  • Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.

  • Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.

    Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.

    This team is just so much damn fun.

  • Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.

    Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.

  • pretty much this. also, a magician.

  • Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people

  • What did I miss?

  • I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.

  • How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.

  • I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.

  • With today's victory,  the Cubs are just 1/2 game behind (0.5 GB) the Cardinals for the best record in MLB in 2015. 

    If they win the LCS and the World Series and go no worse than 8-4 in the process, the Cubs will be World Champions AND they will have the best record in MLB in 2015 (CUBS 109-70 .6089 versus STL 101-65 .6084). 

  • Well, I can say this...Cardinals fans certainly hate the Cubs right now...about as much as Pirates fans.

    Our bullpen was friggin brilliant this series...even if their ERA doesn't look good.

  • Not sure who I want...Kershaw/Greinke is scary, but I almost worry more about the Mets ability to score in bunches like us.

    Do like the fact that if it is the Dodgers, Kershaw can't go until Game 2 and Greinke until Game 3.

  • I agree with you, but I hate them both. I hate Stephen Piscotty. I hate Tommy Pham. I hate Yadier Molina. I hate Kolten Wong. I hate Jon Jay. And that's just off the 2015 version of the Cardinals.

    Sorry, I'm a hateful person :(

  • The Cardinals themselves are fine and a tough opponent, it's really just their cocky, hick fans I can't stand.