EXST Cubs Run Like a Well-Oiled Machin
Isaac Paredes (2015 IFA - Mexico - $800K bonus) tripled, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, Vimael Machin (Cubs 2015 10th round draft pick - VCU) knocked-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, and LHP Manny Rondon (acquired from LAA for C-1B Rafael Lopez last July) tossed three perfect innings with five strikeouts, leading the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The Cubs stole six bases in the game.
Ben Turner and John Riley drilled consecutive two-out RBI singles to highlight a two-run first inning for the Giants.
RHSP Duane Underwood got the start for the Cubs and worked five innings (62 pitches - 43 strikes), allowing the two first-inning runs mentioned above, five hits (a double and four singles), no walks, four strikeouts (all four swinging), and 5/4 GO/AO, and he retired ten of the last eleven men he faced.
Shane Victorino (calf strain rehab) played LF for seven innings and went 0-3 (5-3, L-5 DP, F-9).
John Arguello has game notes at Cubs Den.
And here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Shane Victorino, LF-DH: 0-3 (5-3, L-5 DP, F-9)
1b. Luis Ayala, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-3 (3-U, K, 4-3)
3. Trey Martin, RF: 0-2 (K, F-8, HBP, R, 2 SB)
4. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, 3-U, BB, SB)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, R)
6. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (3B, 5-4 FC, FC, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-8 SF, L-6, 2 RBI)
8. Alberto Mineo, DH #1: 0-3 (4-6-3 DP, 4-3, K)
9a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
9b. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-1 (E-3)
10. Michael Foster, DH-LF: 0-2 (HBP, E-4, 6-4-3 DP, 2 SB)
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 62 pitches (43 strikes)
2. Manny Rondon: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Jesus Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 12 hours 11 min ago (view)
AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August.
Mike Wellman 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.
This team has no direction at the moment.
Sonicwind75 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer. Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague. Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio. I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.
Cubster 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!
Mornington Crescent 3 days 31 min ago (view)
They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.
crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)
alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.
marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd
Hagsag 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
Yes they did.
crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)
welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).
billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.
Mike Wellman 3 days 20 hours ago (view)
Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?
Craig A. 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
Could have an option year remaining. Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.
Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.
CubbyBlue 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
CTSteve 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
It was time.
Hagsag 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
Love it Jackstraw.
Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed OF Cameron Maybin to a 2021 minor league contract.
Because he was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2020, he gets the automatic $100K retention bonus and June 1st player opt-out if he is not released or added to the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day.