Carrera Fires Five Blanks at Riverview

SP Faustino Carrera tossed five shutout innings, Kevin Moreno belted a solo HR (his second round-tripper in two days), Dalton Hurd doubled twice, walked, scored two runs, and threw out a runner on the bases, and Orian Nunez smacked a two-run triple, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Monday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.  

Faustino Carrera was left behind at Minor League Camp to make his scheduled start for Squad "B" while his teammates were en route to South Bend. (Carrera isn't scheduled to make his first regular season start for the SB-Cubs until next Sunday). 

Oscar de la Cruz made the start for Squad "A" and pitched four innings (45 pitches), allowing one run on two hits and no walks, with six strikeouts. The Cubs are keeping ODLC simmering slowly on the back-burner for the time being, but he will get his innings and pitch count ramped up to five innings and 70-80 pitches later this month as he gets closer to the end of his 80-game PED suspension. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Edmond Americaan, RF: 2-3 (1B, P-5, BB, 1B, 2 PO) 
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-3 (BB, K, 5-3, K, CS)
3. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 1-4 (K, 2B, K, K)
4. Christopher Morel, SS: 2-4 (1B, P-2, 1B, F-8, PO)
5a. Richard Nunez, C: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5b. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-2 (F-8, L-8) 
6. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 1-4 (F-9, 1-3, 1-3, 1B)
7. Clayton Daniel, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, L-8, BB)
8. Kevin Moreno, LF: 2-3 (F-8, HR, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Caleb Knight, DH #1: 0-2 (K, BB, K, CS)
10. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, L-3 DP) 

1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-4 (4-3, K, 4-3, 6-3)
2. Josue Huma, SS: 1-4 (K, E-4, 1B, 3-U, 2 PO) 
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-4 (K, F-8, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
4. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 1-4 (K, P-6, K, 2B)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-4 (L-9, K, K, K)
6. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3, BB, PO)
7. Dalton Hurd, RF: 2-2 (2B, BB, 2B, 2 R, SB)
8. Brandon Vicens, 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R, SB)
9. Raymond Pena, C-DH: 0-3 (K, E-6, 5-3) 
10. Orian Nunez, DH-C: 1-3 (1-3, 1-6-3 DP, 3B, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Pena and O. Nunez switched slots third time thru batting order
11. Danny Zardon, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order

1. Oscar de la Cruz: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 PO, 2/3 GO/AO, 45 pitches (32 strikes) 
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 PO, 2/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes) 

1. Faustino Carrera: 5.0 IP, 3 H,. 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 PO, 4/4 GO/AO, 2 PO, 57 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Alfredo Colorado: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (8 strikes)  
3. Jack Patterson: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (19 strikes) 
4. Niels Stone: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes) 

1. 2B Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. SS Christopher Morel: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 


Richard Nunez: 0-2 CS 

Raymond Pena: 2-2 CS 

RF Dalton Hurd: Batter (Jake Slaughter) thrown out 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


y.molina playing 3rd for STL in the 11th inning (1st time, career).  ejections and player usage forced this odd move...especially carpenter earning a stupid ejection when the only available player is the backup catcher.


Any updated takes for Carrera? How was his ST velocity and/or stuff? 

KKvG: FB (87-88), a plus-CH (80-81), and a plus slow CV (73-75) - and an - OUTSTANDING - pick-off move to 1st base. He's the classic soft-tossing LHSP who can be very effective by keeping anxious hitters off-balance.  

sounds like he's trying to get himself a 5y/63m deal

Thanks, hopefully Theo plans to have him hit 94 sometime 

woo off-day...

a reminder that and the MLB At Bat app will give you access to a no-cost streamed "free game of the day" of their choosing.

for those that don't have a cable or a streaming baseball package it's a great freebie.

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  • Charlie 3 min 30 sec ago (view)

    Dang, I miss Javy and Rizz.


  • Mike Wellman 29 min 57 sec ago (view)

    The Hey, Hoe, Hen alignment...


  • crunch 53 min 23 sec ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini / heyward / hoe / hendricks

    this lineup seems to be a popular thing.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.


  • Charlie 4 hours 58 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.


  • Charlie 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(


  • Charlie 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.


  • Mike Wellman 6 hours 44 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 50 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.


  • Hagsag 11 hours 7 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.


  • Eric S 17 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season


  • Eric S 17 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof


  • Eric S 17 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit


  • Charlie 17 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.


  • Eric S 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats


  • crunch 17 hours 56 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat