Cubs Walk-Off Victory Totally Wild at Riverview Park
Joe Martarano raced home from 3rd base with the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the 9th, as the Cubs edged the Giants "black" squad 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Martarano laced an opposite-fiold triple into the RF corner in his first PA, in what was his first game AB in almost two years. (Martarano returned to baseball last week after playing football at Boise State).
1B Chris Dominguez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) reached base three times (solo HR, single, and an HBP) in his first game action in about three weeks.
LHRP Manny Parra (April 2016 TJS) needed only nine pitches to throw a scoreless inning in the game, and Cubs relievers Luis Aquino, Juan Carlos Paniagua, and David Garner combined to retire the last 12 Giants batters they faced (including seven on strikeouts), with Garner striking out the side in the top of the 9th. (Paniagua and Garner are at Extended Spring Training waiting for a slot to open up in the Tennessee or Iowa bullpen).
LHP Ryan Kellogg saw his first game action since returning to the Cubs from Team Canada and the WBC last month. The big left-hander threw two perfect innings (32 pitches)
Jacob Hannemann (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL - right knee injury) continued his EXST rehab, playing CF and batting five times in the game (once in each of the first five innings), going 1-4 with a double and a sac bunt.
RHSP Williams Perez was scheduled to start the game (he threw 6.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball in an intrasquad game last Monday) but was scratched, possibly because he may be moving-up to Iowa. (I-Cubs RHSP Alec Mills went on the DL yesterday with an ankle injury).
RHP Casey Kelly (three innings - 45 pitches), RHP Jose Albertos (one inning - 15 pitches), and RHP Carlos Ocampo (one inning - 15 pitches) threw "live" BP on Field #2 prior to the start of the game on Field #1. Kelly is on the Iowa 7-day DL after spending most of Spring Training with the big club at Sloan Park, Albertos (one of the Cubs top pitching prospects) has been in the Rehab Throwing Program at Riverview Park since reporting to Minor League Camp last month and has yet to throw in a game, and Ocampo just arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy (his expected arrival was delayed by a few days).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
X. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-4 (P-6, 4-3, 1-3 SH, F-9, 2B)
NOTE: Hannemann batted 2nd in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Zach Davis, LF: 0-3 (L-9, BB, 4-3, K)
2. Joe Martarano, DH #1: 1-3 (3B, F-7, 6-3, HBP, R)
3a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 2B)
3b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
4. Chris Dominguez, DH-1B: 2-2 (HR, HBP, 1B, R, RBI)
5a. Michael Cruz, 1B: 1-2 (2B, F-7)
5b. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-0 (BB)
6a. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (K)
6b. Edgar Rondon, 2B-SS: 0-2 (4-3, K)
7. Christopher Morel, 3B: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, E-6, CS)
8. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-4, CS)
9a. Carlos Diaz, C: 0-2 (K, L-7)
9b. Richard Nunez, C: 1-1 (1B)
10. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
1. Manny Parra: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Ryan Kellogg: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO,, 34 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12pitches (8 strikes)
6. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. P Enrique de los Rios: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (arrant throw on infield single allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)
3. C Richard Nunez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed ruinner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Richard Nunez: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
JustSayin' 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 23 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 1 week 9 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.