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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  • jdrnym 2 hours 4 min ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.


  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 30 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 


  • crunch 8 hours 53 min ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.


  • jdrnym 11 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.


  • jdrnym 14 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.


  • crunch 14 hours 34 min ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.


  • Cubster 15 hours 3 min ago (view)

    "In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."


  • crunch 16 hours 14 min ago (view)

    it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

    with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.


  • crunch 16 hours 30 min ago (view)

    cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

    he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

    he's 38 years old, btw.


  • Hagsag 23 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.


  • Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season