Cubs Spin Two-hitter over the Rocks at Riverview
Kwangmin Kwon collected three hits (including an RBI single), Jonathan Soto drilled a two-run single and scored a run, and eight pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter with twelve strikeouts, as the Cubs defeated the Rockies 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
LHPs Didier Vargas and Riger Fernandez and RHP Yovanny Cruz made their U. S. debut in today's game, working one inning a piece. All three pitched in the DSL last year.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Luis Verdugo, DH-SS: 2-4 (1B, K, F-9, 1B, R)
2. Josue Huma, SS-3B: 1-4 (4-3, 3-1, 1B, 3-1)
3. Christopher Morel, 3B-DH: 0-3 (E-5, 4-3, K, BB, R, SB, PO)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C-DH: 1-3 (1B, E-5, 1-3, R, 2 RBI)
4b. Henderson Perez, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
5a. Cam Balego, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B, BB)
5b. Richard Nunez, C: 1-1 (1B, R)
6. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-4 (F-9, F-7, 4-6 FC, 1B, R)
7. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 3-4 (1B, F-7, 1B, 1B, RBI, SB, CS)
8. Kevin Zamudio, DH-1B: 0-4 (F-8, E-5, F-8, P-3)
9. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 1-3 (L-7, BB, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
10. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-4 (4-3, 3-1, L-3, 6-3)
1. Danis Correa: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Ryan McNeil: 0.1 IP , 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 5 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
4. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 21 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Didier Vargas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
7. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
8. Yovanny Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jonathan Soto: 0-3 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
I had a good chuckle listening to the espn crew question the decision of pinch hitting a cold off the bench Javy for a veteran left handed hitter like Descalso - that discussion became moot pretty quick!
So many good things about the bottom of the ninth. Even Willson‘s at bat - though it didn’t result in a run - was a quality, grinding at bat after falling behind 0-2. Didn’t fall for the outside slider cheese as he’d done in similar situations before.
javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the outfield...no chance.
javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.
cubs are losing tonight and the cubs lost last night, but it's been a hell of a couple games.
Dear Theo: Please DFA Cedeno
dat pen tho.
I guess that would have been one way to find out!
Phil’s Organizational Depth Chart has everyone listed. I check it everyday.
Been wondering if Hultzen was still in the organization.
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso(2nd) / russell / Q
baez may be back tomorrow.
Thanks! (And to crunch below, as well!)
if that double play was turned darvish may have escaped the inning with 0 runs, but he didn't help himself after it got blown.
the double play attempt that only resulted in a single out hurt the bottom line of the inning, but the 2 walks and 2 hits (single, triple) were solidly hit and all on darvish.
the triple took a bad bounce off the wall and would have been a double on a better day, but the runs would have scored either way.
It was very different from Hendrick’s 6th inning from the night before. Darvish still had good command and the tying run came off a good pitch - a soft grounder just to the left of Russell. One nit with Maddon maybe not removing Yu with two outs and Hernandez up (the one guy in the lineup who had squared up Yu in both his prior at bats). But even his triple was weird - it should have driven in just one run but had crazy spin english on it to elude Hayward to cause a single to turn into a triple. Oh well, hope the Cubs respond well tonight.
How bad was the 6th? I was blacked out last night, but the box score suggested Yu was commanding hisnpitches up to that point.
I guess Kyle Ryan and his much ballyhooed “revitalized” delivery is more useful than Xavier Cedeno but that’s not really saying much.