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):


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) 

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)

C Taylor Teagarden - E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

Taylor Teagarden: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 


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)
11. Tyler Pearson, DH #3: 1-1 (HBP, 1B, 1-3 SH) 

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)


1. Jordan Hankins: 0-1 CS 
2. Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 





wada (AAA) goes 4.2ip 4h 2bb 6k, 1 r/er (left the 4th with a man on 1st...and after a K of d.barney) 81 pitches...probably on an "around 80" limit.

These reports over the years have been so great, thanks AZ. I always know what to expect from prospects as they work their way up. Take as an example Junior Lake's move to the outfield from third base. I knew it was going to happen because of this kind of post. I rarely comment on these reports, so I thought it would be worth offering a note of appreciation that I always read them and get a lot out of them. I even notice the attendance.

These reports are pure gold - thanks Arizona Phil!

Son, Ho-Young says father of the pedophile.

Don't want to ruin a good child-rape joke, but Son is pronounced "Sone"

I don't understand the context of the original "joke" but something tells me I don't want to.

that mega-jumbrotron is still weird to get used to...and not because of "ballpark purity" or some other's just f'n huge and overbearing.

From an architectural viewpoint it just doesn't fit Wrigley. In Cowboys stadium? Yes. Wrigley, not so much.

yeah, i dont got a problem with a jumbo-screen, but it seems like it would fit better if it was shorter/wider.

...and there goes bryant's gold glove. seriously, is he incapable of using his knees to field? he bends over at waist level so much.

rizzo works an 11 pitch single...unf. ...and bryant gets a standing-O after making an error in the top of the inning and going 0-4, 3K yesterday. cult of bryant is real.

bryant's 1st MLB hit (after 2 walks in the game) is a game tieing single (advances to 2nd on the throw to 3rd).

deno makes his cubs debut pinch hitting...strikes out on 4 pitches.

Nice to see opposite field HR power for Montero. Cubs take 3-2 lead. Let's go bullpen.

7th inning, 2nd game, 4th PA of the game...bryant's 1st AB where he wasn't greeted by excessive applause. welcome to normality (for now). ...and he walks. 3bb, and a single.

That AB shows an immediate difference between Bryant and Baez - although of course nobody has ever claimed any similarity in their batting approach anyway, but they've been pitching away from him all day and he's just watching the ball - adjusting after one day is pretty impressive. In fact, I'd argue he adjusted on Ross after two strikes.

bryant waiting on "his pitch", even if the only contact result has been a single today, is a great thing to see in a young kid. he's probably gonna K a lot, but he's got an eye on him that should keep his bat-game at a level beyond what he can just do with contact.

Trade Castro!

I gotta say it was good to see Hendricks settle down - that first inning had me worried until that strikeout at the end of it and then I thought maybe he'll be ok.

Montero dissing the 90

totally respecting the 400+, though.

Is Bryant really respecting the 90 if he's just going to jog it 3 times a day?

No. He should be more like Pete Rose. Oh, wait.

Trade Castro!!

Wake up bullpen, tying run to plate now.

still no one up in the pen. it's rondon's to win/lose/take-to-the-10th.

rosscup up and warming fast.

well this sucks. 4 run 9th...SD ties. coke/rondon combine for an inning of suck. man on 1st, 2 outs...

Bullpen blows up in 9th and give up lead and 4 runs. UGH!

The Great Maddonini really seems to have left Rondon in too long - he's grooving a lot of pitches

This is on whoever the other day said it was nice to have a shutdown bullpen :)

I don't know if I said that, but I think I may have said Cubs beat you if they lead after 6, so same thing. But that was before Ramirez went down. Rondon with a bad game today, hopefully it's out of his system now. Good news is, Bryant is about to win it with a walk off homer. If they pitch to him.

It was me, sorry all. To be fair.. Just think Rondon us overworked right now. He's made a lot of appearances already.

Rondon has already pitched in several non-save situations -- including once or twice when they were behind. Hmmmm...

Bullpen suck over for now. Now it is up to Bryant to be a hero leading off bottom 9th.

Fans reacting to Bryant approaching the plate.

That would have been a home run in the sandlot! Dammit!

soler's "rainbow mirror" wraparound shades really compliments the neifi-ninja mask.

Tough to be too pissed at bullpen as they have been good thus far, but they have been a Matt Murton sized pile of poo today.

it's not good to have blood in your stool.

Why is Shitter's Full up and not Jackson?

i really wanna see castro squeeze the run home...could use some game ending drama like that.


Good win after shitty bullpen performance. Middle of the order came through strong in 11th.

Rizzo is consistently having outstanding at bats. His ability to get on base with guys who can actually hit behind him should pay off.


Closers are so weird -- when it's a non-save situation, they are different pitchers.

It was a save situation when Rondon came in today 

Sorry -- I was referring to Kimbrel.

Actually, Rondon created a save situation

Not true, up by 4 and men on base = save.

save rules:

come in with a 3-run lead or less and pitch a full inning

pitch 3 innings no matter size of lead

or if the hitter on deck can tie the game when the pitcher comes in

Since two were on when he came in, the hitter on deck could tie it, thus the save opp.

My bad

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • Wrigley Rat 15 hours 29 min ago (view)

    This site is great! It's pretty much the only Cubs site I visit daily, other than a Google search for Cubs news. 90% of the information I get on Cubs prospects is from here. Commenters are usually very respectful and it seems that most are well-informed or want to be. I'm hoping the site can continue. Thanks to everyone who contributes to its content! :)


  • George Altman 17 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I'd like to add, without meaning to take a superior attitude, that ALL the content and commentators on TCR are a step above every other Cubs Blog I've seen. I'm better informed, better briefed about not only what's happening but what's likely to happen.

    You all have made me a better Cubs fan. Whatever happens,  thank you. 


  • Charlie 21 hours 37 min ago (view)

    I will be happy to continue to do gameday posts for another season and would like to keep the site active. Thanks for your labor!

    Sorry for all the delayed and abbreviated posts at season's end, by the way.


  • fullykräusened 22 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Like the other posters, I don't post often, but have enjoyed Arizona Phil and crunch (who was right about Jason Heyward :) ). I am grateful for all the work that has gone into maintaining the site, and whatever you want to do to make it work is okay with me!


  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Chiming in that TCR is still a major part of my daily Cub routine and has always been my browser homepage. The site contains much love for AZ Phil and his subtle sense of humor as the war correspondent for the Arizona Scoring Service. 

    "Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"


  • Hagsag 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Thank you forTCR, and it is the first site I check daily. Please keep it going.


  • Karl Pagel Blues 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Thank you for this site. It's the first one I turn to every single day. There may be other sites with more daily content, but there's only one TCR. Again, a big thank you to everyone actively contributing here!


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    no matter the future, i've learned a whole lot being here and i'm still learning.  phil's post earlier with the end-season instructs stats is a great example of this.  lots of love for the team, the farm system, and the game here.

    also, it looks like dusty's crew is 3 outs away from going to the WS with 5 runs to cushion.


  • George Altman 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Please keep it going if at all possible. No other Cubs website compares. I've spent 15 years with AZ Phil, Crunch, Cubster. Don't want to see that end.


  • Alexander Dimm 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Like the others, I don't post often, and it's not the only Cubs baseball site I read.  However, it is the first site I read each day and if I only read one, this is it.  I hope you can hang in there.  

    Cubs baseball will be a little less fun without TCR.


  • Childersb3 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    I've been reading, commenting and asking questions here for over a decade now. Cubdom wouldn't be whole without TCR.

    Hope it stays in any form possible. 

    Whatever is most manageable, cheapest, time efficient manner you.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Absolutely want to see if stay if possible. 


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Thank you for hosting and maintaining the site.  I don't post often but have been visiting since mid 2000s.  Really appreciate the information and community of The Cub Reporter.  I understand it can be a lot of work to maintain a site but would really hate to see it end. 


  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Thank you Phil, I can see this is a work of love.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Cubs Reportedly Sign Powerful Infielder Alejandro Rivero Out of Indy Ball:


  • crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base