Jarrett Parker leads Angels Past Cubs at Diablo
Jarrett Parker laced a double and an RBI single and drew a walk, Cristian Gomez drilled a two-run double, and Kevin Arias smacked an RBI triple, leading the Angels to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs "A" team, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
Orian Nunez (RBI double), Fernando Kelli (RBI single), and Edmond Americaan (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a three-run Cub 8th.
Cubs pitchers issued a combined ten walks in the game, plus one HBP and four WP (SP Jose Albertos threw only 50% strikes in his 1.2 IP of work).
RHP Omar Ventura and LHP Luis Rodriguez made their U. S. game debuts (both pitched in the DSL last season).
The Cubs were greeted by an old friend prior to the start of the game as they walked from the visitors entrance in the RF corner to their 3rd base dugout, passing C-1B Michael Cruz (released by the Cubs in March and recently signed by the Angels) who was standing in front of the home team's bench on the 1st base side. There were lots of hugs and warm greetings between the ex-Cub and his former teammates and coaches, although the warmth cooled just a bit after Cruz was plunked on the upper right arm by a Didier Vargas fastball in the bottom of the 7th.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-4 (1B, F-8, 1-6-3 DP, 1B, RBI, SB, 2 CS)
2. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-3 (K, BB, 6-3, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3a. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, 4-3, 6-3)
3b. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 0-1 (K)
4. Josue Huma, SS-3B: 0-3 (P-4, 5-3, BB, K)
5. Luis Diaz, 3B-DH: 0-3 (K, K, F-8, BB)
6. Dalton Hurd, LF: 0-4 (P-4, L-7, K, 5-3)
7. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, K, 2B, R)
8. Carlos Pacheco, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-9, SB)
9a. Danny Zardon, C: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Orian Nunez, C: 1-1 (2B, R, RBI)
10. Herson Perez, DH-SS: 1-2 (F-9, 1B, BB, R)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Jose Albertos: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 40 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Maikel Aguiar: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Omar Ventura: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Didier Vargas: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Luis Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 1
C Danny Zardon: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Danny Zardon: 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!
way to break a tie.
The Cubs have hired Chase Spivey to fill the open hitting coach position with AZL Cubs #1. He was formerly a hitting instructor with Sparta Science in Menlo Park, CA. Sparta specializes in advanced learning technologies used by sports teams, law enforcement agencies, and the military.
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Cubs, as the Cubs tried (and failed) to outright Shepherd to the minors after claiming him off waivers from the Red Sox last Saturday.
schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / almora / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / ham
AZ Phil - Close here, but Cedeno to the IL with a “wrist injury“. Instead of Tazawa, the roulette wheel ball falls on righty reliever Rowan Wick being called up from AAA (not sure what he offers against lefties though).
What do you think he will cost?
Blue Jays scout following Cubs at EXST so there probably are other Toronto scouts on the other Cubs affiliates as well. If a deal were to happen, Jays closer Ken Giles is probable Cub target. (Giles is under club control via arbitration through 2020).
If the Cubs make any changes in the bullpen this week, I think Junichi Tazawa replacing Xaver Cedeno (likely DFA candidate) would be it.
It doesn't seem like Maddon has much confidence in Cedeno (and rightfully so), and Tazawa's splitter plays up vs LH hitters (when he's not hanging it).
Not that it's going to happen, but RHRP Tony Barnette is eligible to be reinstated from the Cubs MLB 60-day IL tomorrow (Thursday).
I'm bummed to be blacked out for this one. I'm forecasting a drubbing.
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.