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
Charlie 14 min 32 sec ago (view)
That is a solid recap--thank you!
Eric S 2 hours 12 min ago (view)
Childersb3 7 hours 48 min ago (view)
Since Jake Arrieta won't be ready to pitch in four or five days, I hope they keep Keegan up there. I'd say he deserves to start one more game for them until Jake comes back.
Arizona Phil 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
RHP Kohl Stewart was recalled from AAA Iowa as the "27th man" for Game # 2 of the doubleheader but he did not pitch in the game.
The 27th man is only available for both games if the doubleheader was scheduled as the resuilt of a postponed game from a previous series, so since the doubleheader resulted from the first game of the current series being postponed, the 27th man was only available for the second game.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 22 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP Brandon Workman. He was Designated for Assignment last Thursday.
So the Cubs are now on the hook for Workman's $1M salary, but it would be offset by the pro-rated MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB contract with another club, or sign a minor league contract with another club and then have his contract selected to an MLB 40-man roster.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 24 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed second contract minor league FA LHP Alex Katz (ex-KC) and RHP Austin Krzeminski (ex-LAA) to minor league contracts.
Charlie 17 hours 36 min ago (view)
If you predicted the Cubs take both sides of the doubleheader vs Kershaw and Bauer, I hope you put some money on it.
crunch 18 hours 50 min ago (view)
i wish i didn't have to crash and get up early. hate missing the rest of this. wow.
crunch 19 hours 10 min ago (view)
...and a solo HR to follow it up. that's neat-o.
crunch 19 hours 11 min ago (view)
hey, look...runner scores on a wild pitch.
crunch 19 hours 13 min ago (view)
hol up...we really bringing maples into a game where a guy starts on 2nd with 0 out?
alright...we're living dangerously.
crunch 19 hours 28 min ago (view)
kimbrel blew the save, giving up a solo homer, but this isn't a case of "kimbrel sucking"...he looked good.
crunch 20 hours 17 min ago (view)
damn this is a good game.
bauer keeps coming close to screwing up badly and gets out of it. cubs have a 1 run lead and it seems like it should be a few more.
thompson looked great since an "average at best" 1st inning.
Jackstraw 21 hours 5 min ago (view)
"Go get 'em, kid. We've got three of the best guys on our roster out there behind you, and the other guy on the bump, well, his Cy Young should come with an asterisk."
Childersb3 21 hours 52 min ago (view)
It's the opening night for MiLB, I knew SB was now A+ ball, and of course I get confused the first time I look at the GameDay for SB just now.
That's going to take the full season to get used too.
crunch 22 hours 5 min ago (view)
thompson's got some good movement on his stuff (not extrodinary).
his mid-90s fastball looks effortless. he's got a cutter he can bring 90+.