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)

C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score)

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"

Comments of the weirdest cubs scouting signings of this current administration.

he got paid rather heavily for a guy who's entire baseball experience was a few dozen games over a few years.  unfortunately, he's hit like a guy who's only played a few dozen games in his cubs tenure.

Noting a two-hitter in the pipeline, anywhere, is fun to see.

it's a lot better than this chatwood 1-hitter going on...

PHIL: Once again, thanks for the reports! Any thoughts on how Danis Correa looked? Velocity readings?

K-DUB: I don't know what Danis Correa's FB velocity was yesterday, but he was sitting 92-93 in the intrasquad game last week so it was probably something very similar to that yesterday.

He had command issues at the start of yesterday's game which led to a 25-pitch 1st inning and an earlier-than-planned departure from the game, but even so he is a strong contender for the last SP slot at Eugene (behind Marquez, Estrada, Camargo, and Carrera). He just needs to improve his command. 

Phil: Thanks! There was one report, I can't remember by who but I remember considering it a reputable source, that Correa had hit uppers 90s at some point last season. I'll happily take sitting 92-93 from a slightly built 18 year old!

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  • 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. 

    Eric S 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • CUBS WIN!!!!

    javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the chance.

    crunch 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.

    crunch 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • tie game!!!

    crunch 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • cubs are losing tonight and the cubs lost last night, but it's been a hell of a couple games.

    crunch 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • Dear Theo: Please DFA Cedeno 

    Your bud,

    Eric S

    Eric S 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • dat pen tho.

    crunch 3 hours 15 min ago view
  • I guess that would have been one way to find out!

    bradsbeard 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • Phil’s Organizational Depth Chart has everyone listed. I check it everyday.

    Hagsag 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Been wondering if Hultzen was still in the organization. 

    bradsbeard 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • schwarber / bryant / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso(2nd) / russell / Q

    baez may be back tomorrow.

    crunch 7 hours 13 min ago view
  • Thanks! (And to crunch below, as well!)

    Charlie 12 hours 10 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 13 hours 35 min ago view
  • 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. 

    Eric S 13 hours 47 min ago view
  • How bad was the 6th? I was blacked out last night, but the box score suggested Yu was commanding hisnpitches up to that point.

    Charlie 14 hours 33 min ago view
  • I guess Kyle Ryan and his much ballyhooed “revitalized” delivery is more useful than Xavier Cedeno but that’s not really saying much. 

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view