Pena Punishes Pineiro As Giants Double Their Pleasure at Riverview Park

Julio Pena smacked a three-run home run off Joel Pineiro and RHP Chris Johnson threw four innings of one-run ball and struck out six (including Jorge Soler twice), leading the Giants to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs on Field #6, and Will Callaway, Brad Moss, and Fernando Pujadas stroked RBI doubles as the Giants edged the Cubs 6-5 on Field #5, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Jeffrey Baez laced an RBI triple and a double and scored a run and RHP Trevor Clifton threw 2.2 IP of shutout relief with five strikeouts in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #5, and Mark Malave accounted for both Cub runs on Field #6 with an RBI double and an RBI single.

Jorge Soler (hamstring rehab) played RF for seven innings on Field #6 and batted six times, once in each of the first six innings, He struck out (swinging) on a 1-2 pitch in the bottom of the 1st, was called out on strikes on a 1-2 pitch in the 2nd, bounced-out 6-3 in the 3rd, roped a line-drive single to left (and then stole 2nd base!) in the 4th, reached base on an HBP (he was hit on the right inner elbow) in the 5th (his 3rd HBP in five EXST games this week), and then he struck out (swinging) on a pitch over his head in his final AB in the 6th.

While he is still a bit rusty at the plate (he is hitting only 182/269/227 with no walks, five strikeouts, three HBP, and four hits--three singles and a double--in 26 EXST PA), he is running and playing outfield defense without any apparent difficulty, and so today could very well be the end of his EXST rehab. So don't be surprised if he is back with AA Tennessee by Monday. 

35-year old veteran MLB RHP Joel Pineiro was the starting pitcher for the Cubs on Field #6, his fifth EXST outing since signing with the Cubs on March 30th. Pineiro worked five innings (62 pitches), allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits (three singles, a double, and the Pena three-run HR), and two walks. He struck out only one, but had a 10/4 GO/FO.

4/12 - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 8/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (48 strikes)
4/17 - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 7/2 GO/FO, 66 pitches (43 strikes)
4/22 - 4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 76 pitches (51 strikes)
4/28 - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/FO, 60 pitches (45 strikes) 
5/3   - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDP, 10/4 GO/FO, 62 pitches (42 strikes)  
TOTAL: 22.2 IP, 27 H, 18 R (16 ER), 6 BB, 17 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, 2 GIDP, 32/13 GO/FO, 70% strikes, 6.35 ERA, 1.46 WHIP

Both games were stopped by mutual-agreement after 7-1/2 innings.

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


X. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-5 (K, K, 6-3, 1B, HBP, K, SB)
NOTE: Soler batted 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (K, K, BB, 4-3)
2. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, K, 2B)
3. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (K, L-3, BB)
4. Shamil Ubiera, CF: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, F-8)
5. Roney Alcala, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R)
6. Arnaldo Calero, LF: 1-3 (P-3 DP, 1B, 5-3)
7a. Eufran Vargas, DH: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-3, R)  
7b. Kevin Brown, RF: NO AB
8. Mark Malave, C: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, 2 RBI)

1. Joel Pineiro: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDP, 10/4 GO/FO, 62 pitches (42 strikes)
2. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 26 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Hector Perez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (16 strikes)



1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 2-4 (6-3, 2B, 3B, P-5, R, RBI)
2. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (K, BB, 2B, K, RBI)
3. Oliver Zapata, LF: 1-3 (BB, 3-U DP, P-4, 3B, SB)
4. Alberto Mineo, DH: 0-4 (K, L-1, 3-U, F-7)
5. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 1-2 (1B, F-8, BB, 2 R, SB)
6. Elliot Soto, SS: 0-3 (4-3, F-9, 1-3)
7. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-2 (4-3, F-8, BB, R, RBI)
8. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B: 0-2 (K, BB, K, R)

1. Jeferson Mejia: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Trevor Clifton: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 43 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/FO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Corbin Hoffner: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 6/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Carlos Llano: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)

CF Jeffrey Baez - E-8 (throwing error after single to CF allowed runner to score from 3rd base)


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's


b.jackson activated from DL in AAA...meh. i was hoping this recent roster crunch would let john andreoli find his way to AAA.

no power...good speed...taken walks at all levels. hitting well recently (and not bad in the past).

he could end up a great 4th OF option if he can take it to AAA and above...maybe even a fringe starter.

Bonifacio, CF
Valbuena, 3B
Rizzo, 1B
Castro, SS
Schierholtz, RF
Kalish, LF
Baker, C
Barney, 2B
Hammel, P

This lineup something...

Well at least if they're going to give up on a game Blackhawks won. But yeah ugh

cmon capt happy get your head out of your renteria

attendance is bad enough without cubs batters taking out fans.

sweet seats not behind the screen = eyes on the pitch until it's in play, in a glove, or a dead play.

this espn crew is killing me.

they've talked about wrigley history, hotdogs/food, and have spent 2 batters into the cub's part of the 3rd talking about kruk dealing with hecklers at wrigley without calling the game (including j.hammel getting a walk).


obviously you have not watched ESPN in awhile

i haven't...and every time i'm forced to they keep driving home to me why i should avoid it.

also, woo j.hammel making this a 1 run game.

So Japan or Korea next year for Barney?

Package deal with Schierholtz -- gotta be a lot of demand for a RF with 0 HR on May 4.

Q: Who in MLB has fewer HR than Nate Schierholtz? A: Nobody.

sureholds after the allstar break last year...

.230/.268 avg/ob%...he did have 13 doubles and 10 HR, though.

21st century baseball, the baserunner called out who stays defiantly on the base.

i wish they'd do away with replay except in the playoffs. playoffs...fine...whatever.

i'm already sick of seeing it 2-3 times a game, every game, practically without fail. every close play the booth guys pondering whether we'll have a challenge...

tie game!!! woo.

Captain Happy wouldn't know momentum if it kicked him in the ass. God I hate his brain.

Great to hear that Ricky has named Rondon to start tomorrow's game vs. White Sox...just keep running him out there every day Ricky!


Why does everybody else get Cuban players who are immediate MLB impact guys, while ours is flailing in EXST rehab? Such Cubbery.

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wonder if that link works for everyone, but last 10 days for some of the Cubs prospects, don't think it includes today as Vitters hit another HR.

Baez still struggling badly along with Almora.

Vogelbach heating up and Bryant being Bryant.

check back on Baez in two weeks

I guess, I've totally written him off though. I think he's done.


I know you that you know that but I want to make sure everyone else knows that you know it too.

Fear not. The real J. Baez (outfielder) is coming on strong.

The link works. Huzzah!

Also, I know that all the scouts and everyone think Almora is wonderful and all, but I'm going to be worried if he just flat out never walks. He's got to start taking the BB eventually.

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