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
The E-Man 4 hours 6 min ago (view)
Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?
crunch 4 hours 18 min ago (view)
c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches
...and it's gone in the 8th. now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.
Eric S 8 hours 8 min ago (view)
Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!
Eric S 8 hours 59 min ago (view)
JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout
Eric S 9 hours 3 min ago (view)
Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)
videographer 10 hours 6 min ago (view)
What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late? 2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %. Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?
crunch 10 hours 38 min ago (view)
post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.
Eric S 11 hours 6 min ago (view)
Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!
Eric S 11 hours 40 min ago (view)
I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks
Eric S 11 hours 41 min ago (view)
His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due.
First.Pitch.120 11 hours 54 min ago (view)
Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power. More than enough power up & down lineup. I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster. Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral.
VirginiaPhil 13 hours 15 min ago (view)
Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs. Hasn't hit more than three in seven years. Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.
VirginiaPhil 13 hours 22 min ago (view)
Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.
Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball." Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.
crunch 13 hours 49 min ago (view)
almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish
First.Pitch.120 14 hours 53 min ago (view)
Jon Jay - Trade Candidate?
I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse.
The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced... with 13 position players including a bench of:
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 30 min ago (view)
He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint a different matter though.