Cubs Win Home Opener
Kyle Ryan hurled three innings of shutout ball and combined with four relievers to toss a two-hit shutout, Fernando Kelli singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Cam Balego (two-run double) and Gioskar Amaya (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work (and even with the extra half-inning Cubs pitchers still threw a two-hit shutout!).
K. Ryan was left behind when the Iowa Cubs departed Arizona last week, and he is staying ready in case he is needed in Des Moines. He dominated the young Dodgers today.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, 2 R, 2 SB)
1b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-1 (K)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
2b. Kwangmin Kwon, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Cam Balego, 1B: 1-2 (BB, P-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
3b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-3 (3-2 FC, K, F-7)
4b. Ramsey Romano, PH-RF: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-U FC, 1B, RBI, CS)
5b. Henderson Perez, PH-C-DH: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6a. Luis Diaz, DH #1: 0-2 (E-6, BB, K, SB)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, PH-C: 0-1 (F-9)
7. Jonathan Soto, C-DH-1B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, 6-3)
8a. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
8b. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-1 (E-6, SB)
9. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (HBP, F-7, K)
10. Delvin Zinn, DH-2B: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, BB, 6-3, R)
1. Kyle Ryan: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Manuel Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (17 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 6 hours 52 min ago (view)
tim815 7 hours 20 min ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 3 min ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 9 hours 43 sec ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 9 hours 18 min ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 9 hours 38 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 10 hours 53 min ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 10 hours 53 min ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 11 hours 53 min ago (view)
Craig A. 11 hours 53 min ago (view)
He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly.
Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 37 min ago (view)
I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting
tim815 15 hours 43 min ago (view)
Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.
Thanks, as always.
Charlie 16 hours 4 min ago (view)
Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.
I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!
Charlie 17 hours 6 min ago (view)
Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.
Hagsag 22 hours 41 min ago (view)
I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.
He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.
He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter.