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"
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)
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