Rockies Morgan Has Hitting Shoes On at Salt River Fields
Luke Morgan collected four hits (three singles and a triple) and drove-in two runs, leading the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs "B" team, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Luis Verdugo clubbed a two-run HR for the Cubs in a losing cause.
Cubs pitchers Misael Garcia, Jorge Remon, and Luis Ramos made their U. S. game debut. All three pitched in the DSL in 2018 and are competing for spots on the Cubs AZL teams. (RHP Benjamin Rodriguez made his 2019 game debut and like the other three pitched in the DSL in 2018, but he attended Extended Spring Training last year before being returned to the DSL in May, so this was not his first game in the U. S.).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only)
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1a. Reivaj Garcia, 2B 1-3 (4-3, 1B, 1-3, R)
1b. Pedro Martinez, 2B: 0-1 (5-3)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-9 SF, 5-3, L-8, RBI, SB)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-4 (P-6, HR, F-9, K, R, 2 RBI)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 4-3)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-0 (BB)
5a. Fabian Pertuz, DH #1: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 1B)
5b. Kevin Moreno, PH: 0-1 (K+WP)
6. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, 1B, F-9)
7. Carlos Morfa, DH #2: 0-4 (K, 5-3, K, K)
8a. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, P-5)
8b. Ervis Marchan, 1B: NO AB
9. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-2 (2B, 1-3, BB, R)
10a. Ricardo Verenzuela, RF: 0-2 (P-4, 1-3)
10b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 1 H 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Misael Garcia: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jorge Remon: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Luis Ramos: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
6. Luis Silva: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (8 strikes)
7. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 4
1. 2B Reivaj Garcia: E-4 (errant throw to 1st allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
3. P Luis Ramos: E-1 (errant throw to 2nd base on pick-off attempt allowed runner to score)
4. CF Brennen Davis: E-8 (overran ball in CF after E-1 pick-off attempt at 2nd allowing runner on 1st to advance to 3rd)
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jonathan Soto: 0-3 CS, 2 PB, 1 E (see above)
2. Raymond Pena: 2-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Eric S 3 hours 17 min ago (view)
And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out.
crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)
tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.
tim815 4 hours 12 min ago (view)
Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.
crunch 5 hours 25 min ago (view)
aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.
crunch 5 hours 28 min ago (view)
omfg chatwood...with the bat.
crunch 5 hours 29 min ago (view)
RIP heyward's bat.
shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.
it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.
Eric S 5 hours 56 min ago (view)
Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer
crunch 6 hours 12 min ago (view)
wow baez...also, wow rizzo.
call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.
crunch 9 hours 3 min ago (view)
he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.
he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.
he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.
VirginiaPhil 9 hours 8 min ago (view)
crunch 9 hours 33 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote
i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again
crunch 15 hours 55 min ago (view)
it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.
he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.
Hagsag 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.
QuietMan 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!
way to break a tie.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)