Giants Edge Cubs at Indian School Park

Jeremy Sy belted an RBI triple and a single and Nick Noonan singled, doubled and scored a run, as the Giants edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, AZ.


The Cubs were held hitless by Giants pitchers through the first five innings, before breaking through with two runs in the top of the 6th.   

Ricardo Marcano led off the inning with a line-drive single through the box, and advanced to 3rd base on a two-base throwing error on a pick-off attempt at 1st base. Marcano later scored on a 4-3 GO. Then Rashad Crawford walked with two outs, stole 2nd base, and scored on an Alberto Mineo line-drive double into the RF corner.

19-year old 6-7 Dominican RHP Jeferson Mejia made his U. S. game debut today (he was at Instructs last fall but didn't pitch in any games), and he struggled with his control over his 1.2 IP stint (40 pitches - only 17 strikes). He allowed two runs on two hits (both singles), three walks and a WP, and was unable to complete his second inning of work, but he also struck out three (all three swinging).   

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB, BB, R, SB)
2. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, F-7, RBI, CS)
3. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-4 (K, P-3, E-6, 4-3)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3, F-8, K)
5. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-3 (BB, F-9, K, K)  
6. Eufran Vargas, C: 0-4 (L-3 DP, 6-3, 6-3, K)
7. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R)
8a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, RBI)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 0-1 (1-3)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, 1-3, 1B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Graham: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 7/0 GO/FO, 43 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Jeferson Mejia: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (17 strikes)  
NOTE: Mejia's second inning was stopped with two outs and runners at 1st & 2nd
3. Zak Hermans: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eufran Vargas: 1-2 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's


Comments

Javier Baez rolled his ankle last Friday... "I thought it was broken," Baez said...Baez suffered the injury at Memphis while fielding ground balls during batting practice. "I jumped a little bit to throw the ball and when I landed, it was kind of like a hole or something (there)," Baez said. The 21-year-old said after rolling the ankle, he braced for the worst. "I thought I was done," he said...Despite being eligible to come off the disabled list this Friday, Pevey said Baez could be out five to seven days...Baez had been dealing with back issues before the team went to Memphis, but he said Tuesday those have dissipated..."It's great," Baez said. He added that he expects big things upon his return. "I'll be more patient (at the plate) when I come back," Baez said. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports...

"I'll be more patient (at the plate) when I come back," Baez said. bwhahahahahaha. oh man. wow. hahaha. phew...wow. okay dude. i wonder how much of that back pain is from his hacks... he actually has a good number of swings where his momentum takes his back foot off the ground (and still manages to put the ball over a fence).

I think he'll clean up his mechanics a bit. I am sure they're working on that. His swing reminds me a bit of a Sammy Sosa sneeze.

Mick Gillispie‏@BroadcasterMick Jake Arrieta very good in his 3rd rehab assignment. 5.2Ip 1r 3h BB 2K 82p 52k I heard he's going to get one more rehad start. But that may still be up in the air some.

Guy on ESPN's chat with Jesse Rogers today asked "Is there any hops of the Cubs resigning Shark...what's a fair deal, 6 years $85 million?" Oof....please no

He's going to get about $10 mil in arbitration next season, if he doesn't completely fall apart this season. So 5/75 after that. With salaries escalating throughout baseball, that doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I think Samardzija is looking for a lot more though.

I suppose...I just don't get it though....ridiculous for a pitcher who has never put it together for a whole season, and is approaching 30 already.

Maybe I've just seen/heard a few too many comments elsewhere saying he should get more. So 6/85 didn't seem unreasonable. But that doesn't make it smart.

I think he'll sign with the Cubs because no other organization will pay him what the Cubs will. This may be stating the obvious, but I think on most other teams, he's not an ace.

Edwin Jackson got 4/52.

Edwin Jackson has been a MLB starting pitcher, however mediocre, for 268 starts. Samardzija has 69 starts. Jackson had put together a few solid seasons, and managed to win some games...Samardzija bailed on last seasons because the Cubs were out of it and had a 5.30 ERA in July-Oct. Samardzija has more ability, not so much results yet...over a full season.

well at least they didn't get no-hit

sanchez (PIT) obviously blocks the plate...CIN uses a challenge on an out call...call is upheld...CIN loses a challenge as well as not getting the call. the mess of challenge replay review + "new catcher rules" continues.

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 5 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 24 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 10 hours 15 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 16 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 10 hours 46 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 11 hours 41 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 11 hours 51 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 12 hours 16 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 12 hours 23 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 13 hours 30 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 15 hours 29 min ago (view)

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

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 47 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 13 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 13 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 15 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 21 hours ago (view)

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