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

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  • 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: 

    Alec Mills: 
    FB: 90-92 
    CH: 82-83 
    SL: 80-81 
    CV: 68 
    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.