Cease Fires Blanks at Greenjackets

Cubs top pitching prospect Dylan Cease tossed 3-1/3 innings of two-hit shutout ball (while issuing one walk and striking out six), Marcus Mastrobuoni (RBI double), Roberto Caro (RBI triple), and Luis Ayala (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits in a three-run 5th as the Cubs took a 3-0 lead, and then after the Greenjackets replied with one run in the 5th, one in the 7th, and three more in the 8th to take a 5-3 lead, Jhonny Pereda slugged a two-run home run over the LF fence in the top of the 9th to tie the game, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and the Augusta Greenjackets (Lo-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) played to a 5-5 tie on Field #2, and LHP Conner Menez hurled four innings of no-run no-hit ball and combined with four relievers to spin a four-hitter and Jalen Miller drilled an RBI triple and a double and scored two runs, leading the San Jose Giants (Hi-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) to a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #1, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Thursday morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.  

Michael Cruz broke-up the San Jose no-hitter with a one-out line-drive single to right in the top of the 5th, and Connor Myers belted an opposite-field solo HR to put Myrtle Beach on the board in the top of the 6th, but otherwise the Pelicans didn't produce much offense. 

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


1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (BB, L-8, 1B, F-8 SF, RBI, 2 SB, CS, PO)
2. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 0-3 (K, L-6, BB, 4-6 FC, SB)
3a. Chris Pieters, RF: 0-3 (K, P-6, F-7)
3b. Robert Garcia, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Trent Giambrone, 2B: 0-3 (L-8, F-9, K)
4b. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-1 (F-8)
5a. Michael Cruz, DH: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, 6-3)
5b. Franklin Tineo, C: 0-1 (3-U) 
6. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, P-2, K)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, R)
8a. Connor Myers, LF:  1-2 (P-3, HR, R, RBI)
8b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-1 (F-9)
9a. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
9b. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-0 (BB)

1. Justin Steele: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Casey Bloomquist: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 7/1 GO/AO, 57 pitches (36 strikes) 
3. John Williamson: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 28 pitches (14 strikes) 
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)

1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Tyler Alamo: E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. P John Williamson: E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

P. J. Higgins: 0-1 CS


1. Luis Ayala, CF: 1-4 (F-7, BB, 1B, 6-3, K, RBI, SB, CS)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (1-U, 5-3, K, BB)
3. Isaac Paredes, 3B: 0-4 (P-3, 1-U, K, 6-3)
4. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-4 (5-3, F-7, E-5, 5-3)
5. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-4 (6-3, L-7, L-8, 1B, R)
6. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-4 (E-5, 1B, F-9, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
7. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH: 2-4 (5-4 FC, 2B, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-4 (F-9, F-7, K, F-8)
9. Roberto Caro, RF: 2-4 (3-U, 3B, 4-3, 2B, R, RBI)

1. Dylan Cease: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 58 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Mark Malave: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Matt Swarmer: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)

1. CF Luis Ayala: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed runner on 1st to advance to 3rd)
3. C Jhonny Pereda: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

Jhonny Pereda: 1-4 CS, 1 E (see above)

CF Luis Ayala - batter thrown out 8-2-6 attempting to advance from 1st to 2nd after RBI single to CF

Luis Ayala - thrown out 7-4 attempting to take an extra base on two-out RBI single


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's


We can go back to disliking Yadi http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18987068/y...

If you ain't first, you're last. --Talladega Nights.

Pennsylvania is an important swing state.

b.anderson is going to be the #4 starter...hendricks #5. maddon didn't want anderson/lester going back to back.


l.lynn removed from the cards game for "precautionary reasons" they later returned to tell the TV crew the exact same thing, only he would still be in the game if it was the regular season. they haven't let on what body part they're concerned about. fwiw, he was throwing 87-88mph when he left the game in the 1st. he was either not getting it going or he's injured. we'll find out. also, his replacement (gant) left the game in the 1st with a leg injury. classiest injuries in baseball.

Precautionary should mean "caution prior to any reason to show said caution". It doesn't.

heyward playing CF again in the COL split squad game. also, schwarber caught 4 innings of a minor league game yesterday.

heyward HR off german marquez (22yo minor leaguer battling for #5 spot or bullpen spot). 1-3 day for him through 6 innings. b.anderson went 4ip 6h 1bb 2k, 0r/er w.davis got lit up again...that's getting weird. 0.1ip 2h 2bb 0k, 4r/er.

More on W Davis: 29 pitches / 14 strikes ... 19.64 ERA Move along, move along - nothing to see here

5 games and only 3.2ip 3.2ip 9h 5bb 6k ew.

heyward playing the "b-team" non-televised split squad game again. j.jay joins him as the other probable regular in the lineup.

rizzo takes the 1st pitch by the reds (t.adleman) out of the park to somewhere near flagstaff. damn.

almora HR, too. e.butler (yes, the pitcher) knocks in a run...this is getting ugly. 1 out, 29 pitches, 1bb, 2 singles, 3 doubles, 2HR, 6 runs in, and rizzo comes to the plate again. adleman kinda sucks. rizzo K, bryant popout...and his torture is over. baseball!

2-17 in the bottom 6th...1 out. this game isn't even worth continuing.

3-20 in the bottom 7th with 1 out. 5HR today for the cubs...rizzo, almora (2), b.rademacher (grand slam), c.burks ...4-22 final. 22 runs in 8 innings for the cubs. the game took 3.5 hours for those 26 runs.

votto is getting into it with some fan(s) behind home plate who keeps calling balls/strikes and time while he's batting and the ball is being delivered. people that go to games to scream at players are a f'n headache. some people like them...i tend to not like being around those type of "some people."

those "fans" seem to have been warned or ejected.

more happy fun times in STL "I honestly don't give a (censored)," Wong said when asked about the team mulling over a platoon. Wong added that he doesn't want to be "wasting my time" with the Cards if they don't have faith in him. http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/profe... lulz.

Related: https://threatqualitypress.files.wordpress.co... This is where a good manager gets out in front of the issue instead of letting it get to the point where the player has to vent to the press. We're lucky to have Maddon managing the Cubs.

heyward has 3 walks in 3 PA vs t.cahill. ha.

Soler hitting .143 this spring, and is now dealing with the dread strained oblique.


Cubs going with the offense-first OF tonight with Happ, Almora and Schwarber starting from left to right field. Also, Kyle Hendricks sent back to Arizona after a reported case of food poisoning from a Taco Bell. Yeah right -- that's the ONE guy on the roster you can't trust to stay out of trouble while in Vegas!

There are some team nutritionists shaking their heads at the supposed smartest guy on the team. Taco Bell?

some of the best food in the nation is in vegas and he goes to taco bell...he deserved it.

Baseball players are not known for favoring fine cuisine.

any mcdonalds restaurant near greg maddux agrees. still, taco bell...not even once...not even at 2am... ugg.

Not even for fourth meal?

im not a mexican food purist...i'll get down with some tex/mex tacos with cheese and lettuce... ...but taco bell...i just can't.

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  • crunch 1 hour 58 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 3 hours 25 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 43 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 3 hours 57 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is mlb.tv free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now. 


  • Charlie 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    That was definitely my position prior to this year. But I am starting to buy into the claim that almost all pitchers are using something, even if it is rosin and sunscreen in many cases.