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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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 56 sec ago (view)

    videographer: Alexander Guerra is 22 years old and is repeating AZL.

    He played in Serie Nacional (the Cuban major league) prior to signing with the Cubs in 2017 and it was presumed (at the time he signed) that he would almost certainly be at South Bend in 2018, but he reported to Mesa out of shape (weighing 250+) and was left behind at Extended Spring Training and then was assigned to the AZL.

    Exact same thing happened this year. 


  • bradsbeard 3 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Sounds like Cedeno is coming up? Didn’t sound like he impressed in his rehab at all though.

    Maybe a stretch, but I wonder if the Cubs might bring Drew Smyly back as an LHRP (he had some nice K numbers for the Brewers in AAA) and give Cedeno his release. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 52 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned LHRP Randy Rosario to AAA Iowa. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released C Francisco Arcia. 


  • Hagsag 10 hours 11 min ago (view)

    5:24 this morning.


  • The E-Man 10 hours 59 min ago (view)

    You gotta be quicker than that here if you were shooting for a “breaking news” post haha


  • Hagsag 21 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Gore to the Yankees.


  • The E-Man 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours 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 1 day 10 hours 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 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 


  • Eric S 1 day 11 hours 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 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    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 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.


  • Eric S 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!


  • Eric S 1 day 14 hours 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