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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  • crunch 14 hours 37 min ago (view)

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  • Alexander Dimm 15 hours 3 min ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?


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    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.


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    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.


  • crunch 18 hours 46 min ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram


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    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

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    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 


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    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.


  • crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

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    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


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    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild. 


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    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.