Cubs Rally to Squeeze Past Giant Orange at Riverview
RHP Ivan Medina hurled three innings of shutout ball (in relief), Alexander Guerra singled and scored twice and drove-in a run, and Eric Gonzalez drilled a two-run double to break a 4-4 tie, as the Cubs rallied to upend the Giants orange squad 6-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Beicker Mendoza (RBI double), Cody Brickhouse (two-run double), and Dylan Manwaring (RBI triple) contributed run-scoring extra-base hits for the Giants to highlight a four-run 4th that chased RHRP Eury Ramos before he could retire a batter in his second inning of work.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
As happened with Brendan King and Enrique de los Rios a couple of weeks ago, Ivan Medina is being stretched-out at EXST in likely anticipation of either being a SP at Eugene or possibly a move-up to South Bend where he would work as a "swing-man" out of the SB-Cubs bullpen. (I. Medina was the last cut from the South Bend roster at the end of Minor League Camp).
Prior to the Cactus League game on Field #5, RHP Ryan Williams (2017 shoulder surgery) and RHP Peyton Remy (Cubs 2017 17th round draft pick - Central Arizona JC) threw "live" BP on Field #4 (one "inning" & 25 pitches a piece).
In EXST Cubs roster news, OF Roberto Caro has been moved-up to South Bend.
Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-4 (K, F-8, 4-6 FC, K)
2. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 1-4 (K, F-8, 4-3, 1B, SB)
3. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, F-7, BB, R)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, K, 2 R)
5. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, E-9, 1B, P-4, 2 R, RBI)
6. Carlos Pacheco, DH #2: 0-3 (F-8, K, BB, 6-3, R)
7a. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-1 (F-7 SF, L-1, RBI)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (2B, L-8, 2 RBI)
8. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, P-3)
9. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-2 (F-8, BB, 1B)
10. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, BB, P-3)
1. Faustino Carrera: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Eury Ramos: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Ivan Medina: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 51 pitches (33 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gustavo Polanco: 0-1 CS
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Fernando Kelli - runner thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double (relay by SS Luis Vazquez)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
JustSayin' 3 hours 26 min ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 4 hours 27 min ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 11 hours 45 min ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 1 day 19 min ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 3 days 12 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 4 days 39 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.