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)
crunch 17 hours 49 min ago (view)
kolten wong rumors heating up for the cubs, too. i could live with that. giving nico hoerner 600 ab's a year sounds absolutely terrible after what little he did last year.
Cubster 20 hours 5 min ago (view)
WSCR online reporting that the Cubs are going to watch lefty Carlos Rondon pitch. They desperately need another lefty that breaks down with the regularity of my Comcast service.
crunch 20 hours 18 min ago (view)
imagine being so toxic that you go from a no-doubt 1st or 2nd year HOF'r to having to try for it in your 10th year...and then imagine doubling down on the toxicity every chance you get a chance to redeem yourself.
every time he's called out, even for minor stuff, he piles on more and then complains that people that have an issue with him are "cancelling" him for no good reason.
he deleted a slew of "those people that stormed the capital are great people" posts pre-election so he has some kind of self-awareness in that skull of his somewhere.
Cubster 20 hours 54 min ago (view)
I'm all for removing him from the ballot. His bloody sock already made it. That was enuf.
Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 25 min ago (view)
Ranting about how the elections (both his and the other clown's) were stolen.
I hope he ends up one vote short next year, just to really rub it in.
crunch 23 hours 24 min ago (view)
currently he's throwing a tantrum and demanding to be removed from the HOF ballot for 2022.
Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Will Schilling storm the HOF with a mob?
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
schilling denied (71.1%, 16 votes short).
some people did nazi that coming.
no one inducted this year...aram got 1% of the vote so he found more than 1 vote out there (4 votes). latroy hawkins got 2 votes for being a solid dude to other people (very friendly with the press and pretty much everyone)...sosa got 17% of the vote...
schilling/bonds/clemens are going in their last eligible class in 2022...could be a hell of a "controversial" class...but bonds/clemens need to find 50+ votes.
Sonicwind75 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Arizona is allowing fans in the stands for indoor NHL hockey games but it's too dangerous to let players following protocals; at least more so than hockey fans, to practice outside in a controlled environment. Wonder how much of that is coming from MLB ownership trying to get a late start and pro-rating player salaries. Stall and save some money until more fans are allowed to attend later in the year.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
few hours away from HOF announcements (6pm EST, unless leaked early).
schilling seems to be the only guy with a legit shot this year and i wouldn't be surprised to see no one get elected...
big up aramis rarmirez getting at least 1 known vote on publically shared ballots.
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
"MLB will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine from June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina.
The combine will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, with top draft-eligible college and high school players invited. As part of the combine, the top-88 prep players will take part in a tournament through June 26th consisting of eight games."
crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
cactus league officials are requesting MLB delay spring training because of elevated COVID cases + deaths.
their summer peak was 70-80 deaths a week and they're currently at 140-160 deaths a week.
things should be trending down now that most of people that wanted to kill relatives in order to have turkey dinners in NOV/DEC seems to have peaked.
Hagsag 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
$$$$ for trump's defense fund.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
But they got $600 a few months back. Each! That was an unexpected windfall.
Can't wait to see us acquire a 17 year old, 16 year old, 11 year old (all in the 15-30 range of Blue Jays prospects) and one of the shitty Jays surplus OFs. Randal Grichuk jerseys will be the new hot item among Cubs fans.
crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
things are a little tight, we have to be patient with the ricketts family finances.
when TD Ameritrade was fully/completely sold in october they expected to get 26 billion dollars of value on the transaction, but it only got 22 billion dollars. the massive slew of millions that didn't fully come to realization on the ricketts side of that sale stings.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
Trade Hendricks? Cant be true. We're "going to be competitive this year."
Sell the team, Ricketts family.