Cubs Squeeze Giant Orange at Riverview Park
Catcher Miguel Amaya smacked a two-run HR and threw out four runners on the bases, Chris Dominguez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) doubled, singled, walked, and scored a run, Jacob Hannemann (on AA Tennessee DL - right knee) doubled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL - right shoulder) belted a broken-bat RBI double off the LF fence and walked, Orian Nunez drilled an opposite-field two-run double, and six pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter, leading the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Giants "orange" squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The Cubs slugged eight extra base hits in the game, including six doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez saw his first game action since injuring his right shoulder in an MLB Cactus League Spring Training game at Sloan Park on March 14th. While he is able to hit, run, and field, he is not throwing at this point, and so he is restricted to being a DH in games.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 2-4 (2B, 2B, 3-U, F-7, SB, R)
2. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, BB, K, RBI, CS)
3. Chris Dominguez, 1B-DH: 2-3 (1B, BB, 2B, K, R)
4. Rafael Mejia, DH-1B: 1-4 (6-3 DP, 6-4 FC, 2B, K, RBI)
5. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (BB, P-6, P-5, F-7, R)
6a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (HR, F-7, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Franklin Tineo, C: 1-2 (5-3, 3B, R)
7. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-3 (BB, F-7, 1B, 3-U, R, SB)
8. Fernando Kelli, LF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, P-6, K)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-1 (L-9, BB, BB, R, SB, PO)
10. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-3 (F-9, P-5, 2B, 2 RBI)
1. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Tyler Peyton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Holden Cammack: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER),1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Orian Nunez: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 4-5 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
JustSayin' 8 hours 20 min ago (view)
Solid % improvement for minor leaguers and nice to see the Cubs among the first organizations to break ranks to the upside. Three comments: 1. Yes, the bonus babies have already BEEN paid but that is the minority of these young men. 2.
crunch 11 hours 1 min ago (view)
more spring news...
i.happ expected to primarily play CF this spring. rizzo expected to primarily hit 2nd going into the season.
Charlie 17 hours 7 min ago (view)
That's fair. And the discussion would be different if Almora were heads and shoulders above Happ defensively, which seems (surprisingly) not to be the case.
bradsbeard 17 hours 19 min ago (view)
I'm not ready to write him off from the right side just yet. One of the things I believe about Happ is that switch hitters in general just take longer to establish themselves as hitters due to having to develop and maintain two separate swings. Given that he sees fewer lefties, you kind of have to give him a little more leeway to develop there I think.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 20 min ago (view)
jdrnym: No word yet on 2020 minor league active roster limits, but I doubt they will do anything new since the minor league 7-day IL with no doctor's note required (sometimes called the "phantom IL") allows clubs to easily rotate guys (especially pitchers) back & forth/on & off the active list.
Charlie 17 hours 26 min ago (view)
I didn't realize until today that the new network will be broadcasting almost every spring training game. Just a heads up for anyone else expecting the usual 4-6 broadcasts.
Charlie 17 hours 36 min ago (view)
I think he's going to strike out over 25% of the time, but he's shown that he can be an above average overall hitter even if he's only batting .230-.250.
I'm also not a big fan of the swing, and I'd be very skeptical of him if the ball is deadened. Stats suggest he'd benefit from a true platoon despite being a switch hitter. Sure would be nice if Almora could hold up the other end competently.
Hagsag 17 hours 38 min ago (view)
Kelly C. to the Braves. Damn it.
First.Pitch.120 18 hours 58 min ago (view)
Let us know if you see Dunderwood shagging flyballs in the OF...
First.Pitch.120 19 hours 3 min ago (view)
Re: 6-8, w/ JHey in the 6 hole there are a lot of interesting things that can happen 7-9. You have the 2B slot, Happ (CF), & P slot. Happ is a Switch hitter (though admittedly better LHH), roster looks to be long on 2B options from both sides (quality issues TBD, but promising IMHO), & a slot you with pinch hit for at least x2/gm. Lots of dbl switch possibilities (w/o jacking up the rest of your lineup)
That creates some brutal match up decisions for the opposing mgr right before recycling back to Bryzzo.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 47 min ago (view)
I think proving the K rate wasn't a fluke would go a long way toward convincing me.
bradsbeard 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Hey, if you hate the swing there's probably nothing I can say to change your mind. I personally think it's one of the nicer looking ones on the team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
Extended period of good hitting? Not striking out at deeply inopportune times? Some baseball IQ in regard to situational hitting?
I think I also just hate his swing. It's so long and loopy.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
C/1B Alberto Mineo (25) has re-signed with the Cubs organization according to: https://www.mister-baseball.com/alberto-mineo-mino...
bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Happ has been an above average hitter every season he's been in the majors, and he killed it in his brief return from the minors last year (with better contact and lower K rates to boot). Aside from an extended period with the lower K rates, what else are you not seeing?
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Bote, for the moment, is adequate. Very unsold on the 2 LH hitting 2B options.
I have never seen it for Happ. I'd love for him to prove me wrong but I dont see it happening.