Cease Fires Gas to Extinguish Blaze
Dylan Cease struck out six in two innings and combined with five other Cubs pitchers to fan 17 batters, Jose Paniagua belted a three-run home run and a triple, Isaac Paredes slammed a solo home run and walked twice, Yohan Matos drilled an RBI double, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run, and Adonis Paula hammered a two-run HR, helping Eugene/Mesa (the Cubs Extended Spring Training group) to a 9-3 victory over the Langley Blaze in Minor League Camp game action Tuesday morning on Field #3 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was extended an extra inning to allow all the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw to get their work.
A member of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL), the Blaze are one of the top amateur baseball clubs in Canada. Notable alumni include Brett Lawrie and Scott Mathieson, as well as ex-Cub minor leaguer Wes Darvill.
The Blaze are on a ten-day Arizona Spring Training Trip, where they are playing minor league teams, and college and high school teams. The Blaze are scheduled to play one or two (and sometimes even three!) games per day, including morning games, afternoon games, night games, doubleheaders, and split squad games, so the Canadian lads (age 15-18) are playing a LOT of baseball in the Valley of the Sun.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Luis Ayala, CF: 0-2 (BB, 3-6 FC, K, 2 R, SB)
1b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-1 (HR, R, 2 RBI)
2. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-2 (BB, BB, HR, 5-3, 2 R, RBI)
3. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-3 (P-5, BB, K, 2-U)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 0-3 (E9-SF, F-7, K, K, RBI)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-4 (HR, 3B, K, P-4, 2 R, 3 RBI)
6a. Yohan Matos, DH #1: 1-1 (BB, 2B, BB, R, RBI, SB)
6b. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-0 (BB)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 0-1 (BB, F-7)
7b. Gustavo Polanco, PH-DH: 1-2 (5-3, 2B)
8. Donnie Cimino, LF: 0-3 (K, HBP, K, P-1 DP)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8, RBI)
10. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 2-3 (1B, 6-4-3 DP, 1B)
11. Michael Foster, DH-CF: 1-3 (P-6, 5-3, 1B, R)
1. Dylan Cease: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 38 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Junior Marte: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Pedro Silverio: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Jose Albertos : 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Javier Assad: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (13 strikes)
EUGENE/MESA ERRORS: 1
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
EUGENE/MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & very breezy with temperatures in the 80's
tim815 15 hours 49 min ago (view)
The decision on the amount comes later.
bradsbeard 18 hours 44 min ago (view)
At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?
Arizona Phil 21 hours 32 min ago (view)
jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.
So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.
Hagsag 22 hours 44 min ago (view)
Maybe Trump can give them a loan.
crunch 22 hours 45 min ago (view)
it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary. it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year. they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.
jdrnym 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...
either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.
crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.
looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.
Cubster 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season.
Cubster 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:
Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs
Jackstraw 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available. He should be a week from tomorrow.
crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.
surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position. he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).
Cubster 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
As Jed is promoted to President of Baseball Ops, then when will be expect a formal announcement of who the "official" GM is?
crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
there are currently 0 signed...so it's an untapped market ripe for picking the best of the best.
well, bill 'spaceman' lee is probably out there pitching for a low-level Cuban team being paid in weed or something similar.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
1970s pitchers are a market inefficiency
Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
The "Big Three" Cubs first-time Rule 5 Draft-eligibles post-2021 will be RHSP Riley Thompson, 1B-LF Alfonso Rivas, and LHSP Jack Patterson (at least as far as things stand right now), so they will need to be scrutinized as much as possible during the course of the 2021 season (including at MLB Spring Training); That's why those three (in particular) need to get an NRI.