Touki & Company Easily Handle Cubs at Riverview
Diamondbacks starting pitchers Touki Toussaint (Arizona 2014 1st round draft pick) and Carlos Hernandez combined to toss six innings of two-hit shutout ball, Gerard Hernandez drove-in three runs with an RBI double, a solo HR, and an RBI GO, and Ismael Pena clubbed a triple and a single, helping the D'backs sweep a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
The Diamondbacks won the game played on Field #1 by a score of 4-2, and they won the game played on Field #2 by a score of 9-2.
Kevonte Mitchell singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, and Ricardo Marcano ripped a two-run triple for the Cubs in a losing cause on Field #1, and RHP Hector Perez was rocked to the tune of seven runs on eight hits (including five doubles) and a walk in just 1.2 IP on Field #2.
In EXST Cubs roster news, catcher Taylor Teagarden (was on Iowa Cubs 7-day DL with right shoulder inflammation) has completed his Extended Spring Training rehab and has rejoined the I-Cubs.
In addition, RHRP David Garner (Cubs 2013 7th round draft pick - Michigan State) was moved-up to Lo-A South Bend after the game. Although he struggled a bit with his control today, Garner struck out the side 1-2-3 last Wednesday versus the Rockies and likewise in an intrasquad game before that, and was clearly throwing the best among the more-experienced pitchers left behind at Extended Spring Training.
With Garner gone, I would think Michael Wagner (who had a strong two-inning outing today) will probably be the next EXST Cubs RHRP to move-up to a full-season affiliate. Prior to getting drafted and signing with the Cubs in 2013 (he was the Cubs 15th round pick that year) , Wagner was the closer at the University of San Diego, and was a college teammate of Kris Bryant.
Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, BB, R, 2 SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-4 (4-3, L-6, F-8, F-8)
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-3 (F-9, 5-3, 1B, R)
4. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, F-7)
5. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (6-3, L-4, 3B, 2 RBI)
6. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, L-9, 6-3)
7a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (F-8, BB)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (K)
8a. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B+E5)
8b. Ho-Young Son, PR: NO AB
9. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, 5-3)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Austin Reed: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Oscar de la Cruz: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 26 pitches (10 strikes)
4. David Garner: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Corbin Hoffner: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 35 pitches (22 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Carlos Sepulveda - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Rafael Narea - E-6 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Danny Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 2B)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, DH #1: 0-2 (3-1, F-8, BB)
3. Tim Saunders, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, K)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-2 (F-9, BB, F-8)
5. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, 4-6 FC, 4-3, CS)
6. Jordan Hankins, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, 3-U)
7. Carlos Jimenez, LF: 0-2 (BB, E-4, F-8, R)
8a. Bryant Flete, SS: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
8b. Roberto Vahlis, PH: 0-1 (L-4)
9. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-2 (F-9, 1B, RBI)
10. Tyler Pearson, C-DH: 0-1 (P-6, F-9 SF, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Austyn Willis: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Michael Wagner: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Hector Perez: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Pedro Araujo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
C Jordan Hankins - E-2 (overthrow on stolen base at 3rd allowed baserunner to score)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jordan Hankins: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
68 players ACTIVE (including ACTIVE REHAB)
8 players INACTIVE (injury rehab or absent)
NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group (AKA "Eugene/Mesa") is formed during Minor League Camp. This group consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (INACTIVE - unknown type injury)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Justin Grimm (INACTIVE - right forearm)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - unknown-type injury)
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
* Sam Wilson
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)
# Roberto Caro
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Carlos Ramirez (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
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