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:

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)

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)
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)

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) 

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) 

2B Sutton Whiting: E-4 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 


1. Miguel Amaya: 0-2 CS 
2. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


Why is Kelly Dugan with the Extended Spring Training team? Is he hurt?

PMEYER89: He's just biding his time, waiting for something to happen. There wasn't room for him at AAA Iowa or AA Tennessee, but obviously the Cubs didn't want to release him, either. I doubt that he will be at Riverview much longer, though. Either the Cubs find a spot for him at AAA or AA, or he'll get released. 

BTW, Dugan's HR today was a monster shot. He turned around a Jose Rosario 97 MPH fastball and sent it into orbit. 

Phil, I know Giansanti is a club favorite and good clubhouse guy, but wouldn't Dugan be better at 1B for AA?

CHILDERSB3: Kelly Dugan was the primary first-baseman with AA Tennessee starting when Jacob Rogers was released up until as late as two days ago, but then he was suddenly dropped when (somewhat unexpectedly) Taylor Davis was moved-down to Tennessee from AAA Iowa. and Davis being moved-down happened because the Cubs decided to keep five outfielders (Almora, Andreoli, Kalish, Murton, and Perez) at AAA Iowa instead of the usual four. 

Since Davis plays 1st base as much as he catches, I think the Cubs then saw that  Dugan wasn't needed at Tennessee after-all (since he's strictly 1B-LF-RF, while Giansanti can play just about everywhere and functions as a de facto player-coach when he's not in the lineup). 

I actually was more surprised that Dugan wasn't just released so he can maybe find a job with another organization, instead of hanging around EXtended Spring Training with the Cubs. The Cubs must believe that Dugan has a future with them this season at AA or AAA, but just not at the moment, and they must have told him that. 

Also, were you surprised at all that A. Paulo and J. Paniagua made the SBCubs? I had heard of Sepulveda as a prospect, but those two seemed to come from no where to make a full season squad. Thanks,

CHILDERSB3: I had thought coming into Minor League Camp that Blake Headley would be the Opening Day 1st baseman at South Bend, but he had a lousy Minor League Camp and got moved to Eugene/Mesa (and I haven't even seen him on the field now for several days), leaving ex-LHP Chris Pieters as the only 1st baseman at South Bend (not counting Tyler Alamo, who plays a lot of 1st base, and Matt Rose, who played 1st base last year while rehabbing an elbow injury but now plays 3B full-time).

Then 1B-OF Jose Paniagua (who was assigned to Eugene/Mesa) hit a couple of monster home runs in Cactus League MInor League Spring Training games (when he was just roster filler), and he and Pieters suddenly changed places. 

As for Adonis Paula, the Cubs still have to drop one position player from South Bend. Paula was moved-up to South Bend from Eugene/Mesa very late in the process (even later than the Paniagua-Pieters switch), and I'm not sure why. It could be that he will be a "player-coach" (inactive until needed). Same goes for Anthony Giansanti at Tennessee, as well as Ben Carhart at Iowa. These types of players  go on the 7-day DL on Opening Day with some vague soft-tissue injury, available to be reinstated when needed. Until he retired last month, Jonathan Mota had been doing that for years. 

Game delayed in 2nd with Rizzo up. Heaney has a nosebleed. Trainer packing left nostril in dugout.

Booger of a game so far.

Parachat is happening...

It has been absolutely amazing to see the Cubs perform so well so far given the expectations heaped upon them. This is obviously way too early to make any conclusions about this team, but the fact that they seem to be justifying the hype through these first two games is very exciting for the rest of this season.

It may have been a real benefit for them to open with 6 games on the road.

I think this team is going to have good and bad stretches like any ball team- but consider this: half the lineup hasn't started hitting yet. Imagine those days when everybody's bat is making contact. Prepare for some gaudy run totals.

Nobody in the country was watching the ESPN broadcast because NCAA but they did an over/under on whether the Cubs would do 20 runs in a game, which is silly, because they should have done a "how many times will they score 20 runs in a game?"

on a roll!

I thought it was a foregone conclusion that Szczur would get placed on waivers when Baez came back but not sure now. Baez is clearly more talented but he has options and Szczur might not clear waivers now. Interesting discussion they're going to have though and one I didn't see coming.

I assumed they would drop a pitcher when Baez came off the DL.

That's possible I suppose I think though with Madden stating he wants to limit pitcher innings a lot more this year the bullpen is going to get a lot more work and so 12 pitchers might be dangerous. However hey if our pitchers can cruise like Arietta and Lester have might not be an issue.

times through the order is the new pitch count (regarding pulling a pitcher, not injuries)...where 2 is ideal for a starter, 3 is pushing it and 4 is just stupid. I think with Arrieta, Lester and Lackey they'll kind of let them feel it out and obviously depends how they're pitching, while emphasizing to them they want them ready for the playoffs, but I think Hendricks and Hammel will have very short leashes.

We shall see...

"[Josh Donaldson] The AL MVP, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning, was unable to run out a grounder in the seventh. He limped back to the dugout and was replaced at third base in the bottom of the inning by Darwin Barney, who moved over from second base."

Scooter Gennett pulled a Starlin Castro*, I await the uproar over him not being in the game that will never happen. #whitebaseballprivilege

*should have been 3-4 double play but Gennett didn't see or didn't know to tag the runner and threw the ball back to first basemen after Carter tagged 1st base. Considering he was looking at him, I'm not sure what happened there. No harm was done by Giants in inning though.

Oh Jeff J Samardzija 5.1 8 3 3 3 6 1 98-63 5.06

Remember all that money the Cubs didn't give him?

Meanwhile, Starlin is hitting .625 with 7 RBI after 2 games in NY. Yes, he's on pace for 567 RBI. EDIT: And, apparently, 7 RBI is the most any NYY has ever had in his first 2 games. In the history of the freakin' Yankees. Nicely done, old friend.

Wishing Castro well. Wasn't always the biggest fan but was incredibly impressed with how he handled the events of last season.

he handled the move to 2nd quite well...and his bat even picked up a bit late-season after the move (a bit crazy in sept). still, his bat game is all contact. it's nice when it's finding's painful when it's not. he handled himself with class as a cub in good times and worse times, imo.

Isn't that the same for every player? The ball finds holes and all is well?

it's just a way of saying "castro isn't going to take a walk" and "he's no ichiro/altuve/etc" when it comes to quality of contact off the bat (especially with castro giving away a lot more outs via the K). altuve's been a bit crazy in that department for a few seasons. not only does he make a great amount of quality contact, he's not exactly waiting around for "his pitch" to get it done. his ABs tend to be over rather quickly, and he ends up on base a lot without drawing many Ks.

when your obp and batting average are the same...

I assume the AL will start throwing him the low & away slider soon. Nice thing about hitting 8th -- AL pitchers aren't supposed to walk the 8/9 hitters, so he may get a lot of strikes to hit.

Pretty happy he got tired of waiting.

AZ Phil, Have the cubs released Manny Parra, Manuel Mejia, and Jeff Antigua? Thanks.

HAGSAG: Jeffry Antigua has been asigned to EXST. I don't know the present status of Manny Parra or Miguel Mejia. 

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