A's Top Cubs at Papago Park

Dayton Alexander knocked-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, leading the Athletics to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 (AKA "Connie Mack Field") at the Papago Park Baseball Facility in Phoenix, AZ. 

Eloy Jimenez drove-in two of the three Cub runs with a sharply-hit RBI ground single through the 5.5 hole with two outs in the 1st inning and a two-out bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch in the 5th.

The Cub offense collected more walks (8) than hits (3) in the game, while Cub pitchers surrendered more walks (8) than hits (6).   

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

In EXST Cubs roster news, AAA Iowa OF Jae-Hoon Ha (post-2013 broken wrist) has completed his EXST rehab and has rejoined the I-Cubs, and INF Giuseppe Papaccio has been moved up to AA Tennessee.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):


CUBS
LINEUP:
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-4 (K, BB, K, 1B, K, PO)
2a. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, BB, F-8, 2 R, SB)
2b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 0-1 (K)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF-CF: 0-4 (F-8, K, BB, P-3, 6-3)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, BB, 5-3, K, 2 RBI)
5. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-3 (K, BB, BB, 3-1, K, RBI)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-4 (L-4, 3-U, 3-1, K)
7. Mark Malave, C: 0-3 (BB, K, K, 4-3)
8a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, K)
8b. Roney Alcala, PH-3B: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
9a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, F-7, R)
9b. Arnaldo Calero, RF: 0-1 (E-5)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Jose Paulino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Hector Perez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Frailyn Figueroa: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1 BALK, 2/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Zak Hermans: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)  

CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
2. P Frailyn Figueroa - E-1 (overthrow on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
3. C Mark Malave - E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Mark Malave: 0-1 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 

ATTENDANCE: 10

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

Eloy Jimenez: Bring him up!

F Valbuena

it's that time of the game...where the lefty reliever comes in to face the cubs 3-4 lefties in a row. man on 2nd, 1 out...might be a good time to get olt in the game with valubuena's slot due, though. ...and olt it is. ...and he hits a single. corners, 1 out...woo. rizzo sac fly, cubs lead by 1 in the top 8th. \m/ ...make that 2 runs because m.holliday is a lulzy fielder.

And Olt dings his shoulder diving back into first.

Olt can motor. /FREE MIKE OLT!

veras continuing the long tradition of cardiac cubs closers. 2 on, 0 outs...

I was wondering how Jose was going to make this interesting. A nonHBP HBP never entered into it.

Veras < Hawkins < Marmol

veras sucks

Yes, yes he does.

veras really sucks, this is doug jones bad

i can't believe no one was even summoned to warm in the pen through this veras appearance. bases loaded for lefty m.carpenter with 1 out.

keep smiling Ricky, you asshole, you blew this game

Dear Veras, don't blame the ump. Ain't the ump's fault.

the ump's zone has sucked all night, but all that wasn't on the ump f'sure. the calls veras got squeezed on didn't make/break that inning. veras already lucked up getting a wild pitch somehow scored as a passed ball.

Pat & Ron convinced that will eventually be changed to a WP.

miracle welly got his mitt on that

Disagree. He struck out Carpenter, only the ump didn't call it. Carpenter then hit the sac fly.

Shark should step on Ricky's head on the way to kicking Veras in the sack.

That's how a real closer operates. What did that take about 2 minutes to plow through three Cub hitters?

Time for the Cubs to move yet another closer into a mop-up role. I had zero confidence that Veras would save this game -- I'm sure the team feels the same way. Well done,Theo and Jed. A hint -- closers that can't throw strikes are not what you should be looking for.

grimm 8 pitches...2 walks. no one up in the pen. really?

K, popout, K...sweet. to the 11th!

OH BOY...BUNTING! what the fuck...also, nice bunt fail on the safety squeeze kalish.

OH BOY...3 RUN HOME RUNS! welly cashing that shit in. jeah.

CASTILLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So are 3 runs enough? I'm having trouble getting too excited yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjQtzV9IZ0Q cubs win and everything is alright with the world.

Now you are calling the Cubs pigs? When will all the negativity and name calling end?!?!?!?!?!?!?

lulz. seriously, though...strap a glove on the pig and let him have a turn as closer. can't hurt.

Rondon for closer.

a.cashner threw a hell of a game vs DET last night... 9ip 1h 2bb 11k - 108 pitches 0r/er (no-hitter was broken up in the 6th) ancient civilian roger craig (yes, he's still alive...and rather healthy looking) was on the ARZ/SF broadcast 2 nights ago calling him the most interesting pitcher he's seen in a while when asked who's piquing his interest in the current game...and cashner delivers this performance a day later. can't complain about getting rizzo since the team needed a power bat (and his D at 1st is top notch), but it still stings it took cashner to get it done.

Let's not forget he had a somewhat worrisome injury history that probably influenced the Cubs front office at the time. Looks pretty healthy now, though.

4-6 Cubs have a 24% chance of making the playoffs, per John DeWan... http://tinyurl.com/lclmbu7

Tell you what I know they are not making playoffs but Ill watch these kids and enjoy it. Seeing Oly motoring around bases was a treat. Bring up Baez and Bryant, lets go nuts.

A' s pull their $ 10 million a year closer, Smiley says veras still closer. /pleas stand next to Mr Quade and Mr Sveum

What? He really said that? Why wouldn't you put the guy in the 6th or 7th inning until he can get things straightened out, then move him back. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my closers to have ERAs under 9.00.

He said that last night right after the game to reporters. He spoke with Veras this morning and is making a change.

Theo must have gave him gave him the Elmer Fudd briefing

Phil, how did Jose Paulino look? Any scouting observations on his stuff, velocity, sink or fade, or whatever? Decent/average arm, or does he look pretty fast?

CRAIG: Of all of the Latin pitchers making their U. S. debut at EXST, Jose Paulino has been the most-impressive (so far). He has the best command and shows the most poise, and he has a nice mix of pitches (cutter, sinker, and curve).

I mentioned in a previous comment that Paulino is a beanpole, sort of a LH version of C. J. Edwards (in terms of body-type).  

It's difficult to know a whole lot about any of the new Latin pitchers at EXST right now, because they are all still in the process of getting into game-shape. More will be known over time as they get more game reps.

 

Rusin up, Schlitter down.

Interesting...I thought Splitter looked pretty good except the one bad outing. Moving Villanueva back to thr pen maybe?

Arrieta should take Rolly Fingers' spot soon, no?

Soon....good god. A meatball to the pitcher on 0 and 2 ... he's just not that good. He's always been better as a reliever.

You'd never know by the box score, but Castro is getting after the ball today... wow. Good job.

Yes and thank god for instant replay. Nice to see good plays by players get rewarded.

Cubs optioned LHP Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa after the game. No word yet of who's coming up. Parker, Ramirez, or Rosscup? Wesley Wright still not being used.

CCO says "multiple sources" report that Blake Parker is the call up

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  • Hagsag 1 min 30 sec ago (view)

    I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 20 min 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. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 11 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 12 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 9 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 37 min ago (view)

    I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!

    You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 48 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info. 

    Jon Lester:  
    FB: 86-89
    SL: 85 
    CH: 84
    CV: 70-74 
    NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...  

     

  • Wrigley Rat 11 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 27 min ago (view)

    3h 43m game today.

    at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.

    rex brothers looked good again.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 25 min ago (view)

    1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 43 min ago (view)

    lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.

    no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while.  i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid.  it's probably a safer range.

    his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop.  i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.

    he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign.  there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.

    i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!