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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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 30 sec ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 3 hours 43 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 4 hours 56 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 6 hours 17 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 8 hours 10 min ago view