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
crunch 5 hours 34 min ago (view)
i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns. they're really useful.
strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing. he didn't even look happy with himself out there.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 35 min ago (view)
I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game:
NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot...
crunch 6 hours 35 min ago (view)
hell of a 1st game. even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one. i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title. spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games. it was a fun watch, though.
my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game. that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 25 min ago (view)
I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.
crunch 8 hours 33 min ago (view)
"i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace
crunch 8 hours 39 min ago (view)
really not a big fan of the marquee network's score bug graphic location.
crunch 10 hours 10 min ago (view)
d.ross got sent home with flu-like symptoms, andy green managing...
crunch 10 hours 19 min ago (view)
cubs coming out big for their marquee network debut lineup...
bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / contreras / kipnis / souza (LF) / bote (DH) / almora...mills pitching
Arizona Phil 14 hours 4 min ago (view)
Besides Quintero, Altuve, and Made, a fourth significant IFA signing by the Cubs during the off-season was 16 year old Dominican CF Anderson Suriel. He played for the Dominican 15U World Cup team in 2018.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 4 min ago (view)
Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).
Arizona Phil 14 hours 13 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: It's still drizzling in Mesa but it's clearing to the southwest (which is where the rain came from) so the Cubs should have at least three hours to get the field ready. The infield is covered, so it's just the outfield that will be wet.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 36 min ago (view)
As things stand right now, 109 pitchers and 20 catchers are scheduled to report to Cubs Minor League Camp next week.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 13 min ago (view)
Jordan Patterson will not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training but he will likely get considerable playing time in Cubs MLB Cactus League games as he competes with Corban Joseph for AAA Iowa primary 1B.
crunch 16 hours 52 min ago (view)
cubs moving the game up was a wise choice unless the rain lingers very long. everyone else in ARZ is rained out except LA/SF which starts in 4 hours (cubs in 7 hours)...and that LA/SF game still might get rained out because other games in that time slot have been cancelled/postponed (though they posted a lineup for today's game on twitter 10 minutes ago).
speaking of LA, m.betts makes his debut tomorrow vs CHC.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 45 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 minor league 6YFA 1B-OF Jordan Patterson (ex-COL) and RHRP Dario Beltre to 2020 minor league contracts.
Patterson (who has considerable AAA experience and some MLB time as well) was assigned to AAA Iowa and Beltre (who has not pitched above AA in ten minor league seasons) was assigned to AA Tennessee.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 57 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released 13 minor leaguers:
LHP Andres Bonalde
RHP Alfredo Colorado
RHP Julio Guante
OF Albert Hinirio
RHP M. T. Minacci
INF Rafael Narea
INF Herson Perez
RHP Tyler Peyton
RHP Casey Ryan
LHP Saul Vazquez
RHP Omar Ventura
OF Ricardo Verenzuela
OF Brandon Vicens