Russell & Alzolay Lookin' Good at Riverview
Addison Russell singled twice, stole two bases, and scored a run, Jonathan Soto collected three singles and drove-in a run, Carlos Morfa singled twice, scored a run, and knocked-in another, and Rafael Mejia belted a two-run HR, leading the Cubs "B" team to a 6-3 victory over the Athletics Green squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
The Cubs stole six bases in the game.
RHP Adbert Alzolay (on AAA Iowa 7-day IL with a lat strain) saw his first game action of 2019, getting the start and working 1.2 IP. He allowed one run on two hits (a double and a single) and no walks, with four strikeouts. He got eleven swings & misses among his 34 pitches, mixing a 95-96 MPH FB with an effective CV.
The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
X. Addison Russell, SS-DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, L-7, R, 2 SB)
NOTE: Russell batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1. Reivaj Garcia, 2B-DH: 2-3 (L-8, 1B, 1B)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 1-2 (1B, P-6, BB, R, SB)
3. Jonathan Soto, C: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, RBI)
4. Luis Verdugo, 3B: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, BB, L-8)
5. Brandon Vicens, RF-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-7, 6-3, R, SB)
6. Carlos Morfa, DH-RF: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, R, RBI, PO)
7. Ricardo Verenzuela, DH #2: 0-0 (F-7 SF, BB, SH-E3, R, RBI, SB)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, HR, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
9. Kevin Moreno, DH-LF: 0-1 (BB, E-5, SB)
10a. Caleb Knight, DH #4: 0-1 (F-8)
10b. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 0-1 (6-4 FC)
11a. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-1 (5-3)
11b. Pedro Martinez, 2B: 0-1 (K)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Adbert Alzolay: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Pablo Ochoa: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Alexander Vargas: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 9 hours 48 min ago (view)
bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.
also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.
JustSayin' 9 hours 53 min ago (view)
College ball started Saturday. Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy. In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.
crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.
btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while. the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him. that signing probably is in the bag.
Wrigley Rat 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?
Arizona Phil 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players.
And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).
crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
b.colon has signed to a mexican league team. woo old dudes. he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.
Cubster 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
Replacing someone like David DeJesus?
crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.
he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.
Eric S 4 days 19 hours ago (view)
Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade
Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs
Arizona Phil 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day.
Arizona Phil 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 12 hours ago (view)
Q could be subbed in for any of those too
crunch 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.
crunch 5 days 16 hours ago (view)
M's sign him 1/2m
crunch 5 days 17 hours ago (view)
walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs. it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.