Alzolay Breezes Through Five at Riverview

RHSP Adbert Alzolay hurled five innings (75 pitches) of one-run ball with seven strikeouts, Yovanny Cuevas knocked-in four runs with a two-run single and a two run double, Gustavo Polanco belted a solo HR and singled twice (including an RBI single), and Fidel Mejia drilled a two-run double and a single and scored twice, leading the Cubs to a 10-2 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Prior to the game, RHPs Yovanny Cruz, Eduarniel Nunez, Jesus Tejada, Garrett Kelly, and Stephen Ridings, and LHP Riger Fernandez threw "live" BP on Field #4. Y. Cruz, Fernandez, and Tejada attended AZ Instructs post-2017 but did not pitch in any games, but E. Nunez is making his U. S. debut at Extended Spring Training this year. G. Kelly (ex-MIN) was acquired by the Cubs from Schaumburg (Frontier League) last month but he has not yet pitched in a game. 

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

1a. Fernando Kelli, LF: 1-2 (K, 5-3 SH, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 0-2 (E-6, 6-3)
2a. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 2-3 (F-9, 1B, 2B, R, 4 RBI)
2b. Luis Ubiera, CF: 0-1 (K, BB)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7)
3b. Henrry Pedra, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-5, F-8)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (4-3, 5-3, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
5a. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-3 (P-4, 2B, K, R)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-0 (BB)
6. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, L-6, E-6, R)
7. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, HR, 5-4-3 DP, 2 R, 2 RBI)
8. Fabian Pertuz, DH-SS: 0-4 (4-3, F-7, E-5, 6-3)
9a. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 2B, 3-6-3 DP, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-1 (K)
10. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1-3, 1B, R)

1. Adbert Alzolay: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 75 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Erick Leal: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Ryan McNeil: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 32 pitches (23 strikes)

3B Herson Perez: E-5 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)

Alexander Guerra: 1-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"


Glad to see the Cubbies have brought a bunch of young kids from the D.R. Academy. Kind of surprised that Floencio Serrano isnt in camp. I believe he was a highly regarded signee from Mexico.

Extra looks/swings/reps for players are usually a net benefit. Getting two games in per day for as many options as possible shouldn't be a negative.

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  • Hagsag 2 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?


  • Hagsag 2 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 10 min ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."


  • crunch 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.


  • crunch 9 hours 46 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.


  • bradsbeard 10 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 


  • cubbies.4ever 11 hours 45 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.


  • Charlie 20 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.


  • Charlie 20 hours 31 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.


  • crunch 20 hours 47 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter


  • jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.


  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.