Sands & Steele Help Cubs Polish-Off Giants in Scottsdale
LHP Carson Sands (Cubs 2014 4th round draft pick) and three relievers combined to toss a three-hitter, Carlos Sepulveda singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Eloy Jimenez (RBI single) and Adonis Paula (two-run single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 4th inning, as the Cubs cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Giants on Field #1, and Kevin Encarnacion drilled three singles, drove-in two runs, stole a base, and scored a run, Jordan Hankins hammered an RBI double and a single and scored a run, and Justin Steele (Cubs 2014 5th round draft pick) and four relievers combined to hurl a three-hitter, as the Cubs edged the Giants 5-4 on Field #2, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.
Chase Compton belted a two-run triple and then scored on a wild pitch to account for three of the Giants runs on Field #2.
The defensive play of the day was a run-saving sliding catch by Cubs CF Roberto Caro in right-centerfield in the game on Field #2.
Iowa Cubs catcher Taylor Teagarden (on the I-Cubs 7-day DL with a sore shoulder) continued his EXST rehab, catching seven innings and batting four times in the game on Field #1. He went 2-4 with a double and a single at the plate, scored one run but was also thrown-out on the bases trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a two-out single, and made a terrible short-hop throw on a stolen base attempt that resulted in an error. Teagarden went 4-4 (three singles and a two-run home run) versus the Rockies on Wednesday, and then he had two more hits in an intrasquad game yesterday. His throwing has been poor, however (not just today, but every day so far).
Ho-Young Son walked twice and was picked-off 1st base again, the third time he has been picked-off 1st base in two EXST games.
The game on Field #1 was called after eight innings, and the game on Field #2 was called with two outs in the top of the 8th
Here is the abridged box score from today's games (Cubs players only):
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-4 (K, 4-3, K, 4-6 FC)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 4-6-3 DP, 2 R, SB)
3a. Taylor Teagarden, C: 2-4 (5-3, 2B, 1B, K, R)
3b. Eric Gonzalez, C: NO AB
4a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
4b. Jenner Emeterio, PH-RF: 0-1 (6-3)
5a. Tyler Alamo, DH: 1-2 (F-8, HBP, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. Wladimir Galindo, PH-3B: 1-1 (1B)
6a. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, F-9, 2 RBI)
6b. Rafael Narea, PH-SS: 0-1 (K)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (3-1, 3-U, F-7, RBI)
8. Ho-Young Son, SS-DH: 0-1 (BB, BB, P-3, PO)
9. Miguel Rico, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-9, BB)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Carson Sands: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
2. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/FO, 28 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 25 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Yomar Morel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/5 GO/FO, 26 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
C Taylor Teagarden - E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Taylor Teagarden: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-3 (L-7, 1-3, BB, E-5)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-4 (K, 2B, F-7, F-8, R)
3a. Tim Saunders, SS: 0-2 (K, F-7)
3b. Bryant Flete, SS: 1-2 (2B, P-5, R)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 3-4 (P-5, 1B, 1B, 1B, R, 2 RBI, SB)
5a. Jordan Hankins, C-DH: 2-3 (3-U, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. Roberto Vahlis, PH: 1-1 (1B)
6. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 2-4 (2B, 1B, K, K, RBI)
7. Jose Paniagua, LF: 0-4 (F-8, K, K, K)
8. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, L-6, K)
9. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B)
10a. Danny Gutierrez, DH #2: 0-1 (F-7)
10b, Carlos Jimenez, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
11. Tyler Pearson, DH #3: 1-1 (HBP, 1B, 1-3 SH)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERRS:
1. Justin Steele: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Ben Wells: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Greyfer Eregua: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jordan Hankins: 0-1 CS
2. Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Sonicwind75 1 hour 24 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil for these breakdowns. Really helpful.
crunch 11 hours 57 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 11 hours 58 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 12 hours 58 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 13 hours 48 min ago (view)
I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.
crunch 14 hours 56 min ago (view)
"i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace
crunch 15 hours 2 min ago (view)
really not a big fan of the marquee network's score bug graphic location.
crunch 16 hours 33 min ago (view)
d.ross got sent home with flu-like symptoms, andy green managing...
crunch 16 hours 42 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 20 hours 27 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 20 hours 27 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 20 hours 35 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 20 hours 59 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 21 hours 36 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 23 hours 15 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 1 day 8 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.