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) 

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)

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) 

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) 

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" 


Latinos abound on team “B”

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 25 min ago (view)

    Hoping that Rizzo's back won't be a problem.


  • crunch 4 hours 39 min ago (view)

    arizona summer league from the distant east coast point of view is an interesting baseball sideshow for the most part, but that AZL 1 vs 2 game sounds awesome.  the players and coaches have to be stoked for that one.


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 43 min ago (view)

    18-year old SS Luis Verdugo last ten games for AZL Cubs #2 (45 PA): 429/467/881 with four doubles, five HR, and 18 RBI, including three three-hit games and one four-hit game among the ten games.

    As I mentioned at the start of the AZL season in June, Verdugo is the Cubs top prospect in the AZL (see my comment in this thread from June 15th).    


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Both AZL Cubs #2 and AZL Athletics Gold win (big) in their games Saturday night and Dodgers Mota clinches one of the two remaining playoff slots with a win while Royals and Padres #1 lose.

    So it's AZL Cubs #1 vs AZL Cubs #2 at Sloan Park Sunday afternoon (with game-time temperatures 110+), with Benjamin Rodriguez scheduled to pitch for Cubs #1 and Carlos Ocampo scheduled to start for Cubs #2. (Richard Gallardo and Benjamin Rodriguez are the Cubs top two pitching prospects in the AZL, so Cubs #2 will have their hands full).    


  • crunch 7 hours 55 min ago (view)

    oscar de la cruz since passing through waivers unclaimed...8 relief appearances

    11.2ip 11h 2bb 16k, 2r/er (both earned runs in 1 appearance)


  • crunch 12 hours 59 min ago (view)

    it's kinda crazy to think there's a chance pedro strop won't make the post season roster (yeah, the cubs have to get there first) unless he shows something different the next 5 weeks.  it's been hard to watch.


  • crunch 16 hours 39 min ago (view)

    yeah, and evidently they can't pitch either.

    now we need a few stupid baserunning mistakes to go with this new look.


  • crunch 16 hours 49 min ago (view)

    cubs can't field or hit anymore.

    this is not a good late-season look.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 18 min ago (view)

    What happened to Danny Hultzen this time??


  • Jackstraw 17 hours 28 min ago (view)

    All whites are distinctive.  And ugly.


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 13 min ago (view)

    There should be a number of good players and pitchers available off Outright Assignment Waivers over the next few days as non-contending clubs look to jettison payroll even if they can't get players back. The only problem is that the claiming club assumes 100% of the player's remaining pro-rated salary (albeit only one month's worth, unless the player is signed beyond 2019 and/or has a post-season buy-out).   


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 57 min ago (view)

    BTW, Danny Zardon (signed by the Cubs out of Independent ball during Minor League Camp in March and converted from 3B to catcher at EXST) is now being converted to RHP in the AZL.    


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 57 min ago (view)

    The AZL regular season concludes on Monday and the playoffs start on Tuesday and although AZL Cubs #1 has been eliminated, AZL Cubs #2 is right in the middle of the race to get one of the last two playoff slots. 


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Today is the last day of the DSL regular season. Neither DSL Cubs #1 nor DSL Cubs #2 qualified for the DSL playoffs. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.