Victorino Continues to Rake & Run at Riverview
Shane Victorino (calf strain) drilled a line-drive double into the left-field corner and scored and blooped a single to center and stole a base, Kelly Dugan slugged a solo home run, and RHSP Kyle Miller hurled 3.1 IP of one-hit shutout ball, in a Minor League Camp intrasquad game played this morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after 7-1/2 innings of play.
Victorino played RF for four innings and batted three times (2B, 1-3, 1B). He is running OK, and in addition to stealing a base (he also stole a base yesterday), he even tried to lay down a bunt single (he was retired 1-3 on a nice play by pitcher Manny Rondon).
No sign of Javy Baez on the field today. Baez was beaned on the helmet by a Tyler Skulina fastball yesterday (although he did not appear to be seriously injured and left the field under his own power, he did go directly to the clubhouse, presumably to be tested for a concuussion).
Here is the box score from today's game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (3-U, K, 1-3, BB)
2. Vimael Machin, 2B: 0-4 (3-1, 6-3, 4-3, 4-1)
3a. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, F-9, HR, R, RBI)
3b. Tyler Payne, PH-1B: 0-0 (BB)
4a. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-3 (F-7, F-9, K)
4b. Michael Foster, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
6. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-2 (K, HBP, F-9)
7a. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-2 (5-3, 5-U FC)
7b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-1 (L-8)
8. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
9. Kevin Zamudio, DH: 0-3 (6-3, P-4, P-6)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
X. Shane Victorino, RF: 2-3 (2B, 1-3, 1B, R, SB)
NOTE: Victorino batted 3rd in the bottom of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings
1a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-3 (4-3, K, E-4, R)
1b. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-1 (6-3)
2. Ricardo Marcano, DH-RF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED SECOND TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (4-3, 3B, 6-4-3 DP, R)
4. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, F-9 SF, P-6, RBI)
5. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8)
6. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, R, SB, CS)
7a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (BB, F-9, R)
7b. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-1 (5-3)
8. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, K, RBI)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, P-5, 2 RBI)
9b. Gustavo Polanco, PH: 0-1 (K)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS::
1. Manny Rondon: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 48 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Jesus Castillo: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)
5. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Kyle Miller: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/2 GO/AO, 41 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 3/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Jose Rosario: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Alexander Santana: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (5 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Sutton Whiting: E-4 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Miguel Amaya: 0-2 CS
2. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 15 min 29 sec ago (view)
The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).
cubbies.4ever 42 min 44 sec ago (view)
My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team.
Arizona Phil 42 min 51 sec ago (view)
And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 3 min ago (view)
Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career).
cubbies.4ever 1 hour 17 min ago (view)
I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace. If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI? This ownership has given him nothing this year. Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.
tim815 1 hour 22 min ago (view)
The Cubs have a better talent pipeline than on Thursday.
crunch 1 hour 37 min ago (view)
at least they gave up a chunk of nothing for him (clayton daniel, no power (not even doubles power), not notable speed, middle IF/OFr).
it would probably be better appreciated by fans if the entire offseason wasn't stuff like this.
it's obvious the front office is trying to work with what they have...which is little to nothing from the ownership.
cubbies.4ever 1 hour 59 min ago (view)
Cubs acquire Casey Sadler from LA....another Tommy John Surgery pitcher. Theo does it again.
crunch 2 hours 38 min ago (view)
it gets better...
"Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have "considered/discussed" Jacoby Ellsbury."
sigh. dude hasn't played in 2 seasons and is 36.5 years old.
crunch 3 hours 55 min ago (view)
cubs sign tyler olsen to a minor league contract, 650K if he makes the majors.
evidently the cubs are sourcing 2020 players out of that trash can houston was banging on.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
carlos beltran "steps down" from the mets manager job
Jackstraw 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Both piggy-backing off of CubbyBlue. Or at least I was.
Hagsag 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
You have done your homework Phil.
Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Some possible price tags for Kris Bryant (but only if he loses his grievance and has two years of club control left):
QuietMan 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Someone's stolen your idea,
Sonicwind75 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
His punishment is having to manage the mets.