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): 

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS
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 

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AZ Phil, any thoughts on how Estrada and Marquez are coming along as pitchers? Thanks in advance!

BRADSBEARD: Not counting guys who are at Extended Spring Training to get into shape for full-season ball, Jeremiah Estrada and Brailyn Marquez are the top two pitching prospects at Cubs EXST right now. Actually that's why they pitched today (Tuesday) after Kyle Ryan and the two rehab guys (McNeil and Rondon), because they are at the head of the class. Estrada's FB has been sitting at 94 the last two outings, and in his previous outing (which was an intrasquad game) he had a plus-plus knee-buckling CV. But against the Dodgers he was bouncing/spiking his CV in front of the plate and so he used his FB to get outs. He is still a bit raw. Marquez is more-polished than Estrada. His FB is ranging 90-92 T-93, and his CV is more consistent than Estrada's at this point. Marquez also features a CH that shows promise. As things stand right now, Estrada and Marquez (in no particular order) are likely to be the #1 and #2 starters at Eugene when the short-season leagues begin play in June. They are both legit SP prospects, and (presuming there are no blips) both will be will spending the next couple of months getting game experience as starting pitchers and gradually increasing their innings and pitch counts.

Excellent. Have been anticipating good things from Marquez. Just seems to have all the elements to be a workhorse starter. Estrada sounds pretty exciting too though!

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CUBS WIN cactus league extended spring training HOME OPENER

...we should keep an eye on this phil guy.

The troll headline game is strong with this one.

He can be a trickster, that PHIL But hope he keeps those ledes coming...

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  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Neither Robert Stock nor Duane Underwood Jr have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, although both will be minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series if the player is either not added back to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to the deadline. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Here are some pitching info from today's game for those of you who didn't see it: 

    Adbert Alzolay:
    FB: 93-95 
    CH: 87 
    SL: 84 
    CV: 82 
    COMMENT: Threw mostly FB and looked sharp... thought he might go two IP but it was at least a good start..

    Dan Winkler:
    FB: 91-94
    CV: 83-84
    COMMENT: Lots of FB and he got good results with the limited arsenal he showed today..  

    Jonathan Holder: 
    FB: 91-94 
    CH/CT: 88-89 
    CV: 83 
    COMMENT: Nothing special but got a 1-2-3 inning... 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

    looked sharp as hell today with a groundout to 1st and a couple Ks.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 39 min ago (view)

    odd with JD in the booth without len...nice to see the cubs back in action.

    sciambi is a nice replacement.  can't complain.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 53 min ago (view)

    maples, the unpolished diamond...maybe he'll figure it out in his 5th year of trying...

    so far he's dollar store discount bin carlos marmol.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Stock clears waivers, is now NRI. Duane Underwood loses his 40 man spot to Tepera. I find it shocking that he was cut over Maples, but I'm sure Maples gets the boot before Opening Day, too.

     

  • videographer 10 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Baseball America came out with a list of the top 2021-22 international singing class of 16 year olds and the Cubs were not list with any of the top 20.  I guess Tom Ricketts decided to pass next year on future Latin talent.

     

  • Rob Richardson 13 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I hear he dogs it, and is a bit of a hot dog.

     

  • Jackstraw 23 hours 30 min ago (view)

    No matter how well he performs this spring, the smart play is still to send him down to Des Moines.  Delay his service clock for a month or six weeks, get seven extra years of team control.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.

    very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to.  time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1366081602242023425

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    The DFA of Robert Stock to make room for Kyle Ryan coming off the CoViD-related IL wil need to be followed by removing another player on the 40 to make room for Ryan Tepera. 

    It's possible somebody (like a pitcher) is injured to the extent that he might be placed on the 60-day IL, or else maybe somebody else will go on the CoViD-related IL (which is 40-man roster exempt) in the coming days to make room for Tepera.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.

    Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.  

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.