Barnette, Tazawa, Gallardo, Machado, and Espinoza Throw at Riverview

Ricardo Verenzuela tripled, singled, scored two runs, and threw out a runner on the bases, and Carlos Morfa and Ervis Marchan drilled consecutive RBI singles to highlight a four-run 4th inning, leading the Cubs "B" team to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs "A"  team in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as a five-inning contest. 

RHRP Tony Barnette (on Cubs MLB 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation) hurled a 1-2-3 ten-pitch 2nd inning (K, P-3, F-8), and RHRP Junichi Tazawa tossed a scoreless 3rd (allowed a single, runner erased by a CS) for the "A" team. 

RHP Manuel Espinoza made his pro debut for the Cubs "A" team, allowing a run on one hit (a triple) with one strikeout in one inning of work. The 18-year old Mexican was signed by the Cubs in July 2017, but he did not pitch in 2018 while his signing was under investigation by MLB. (He signed the same day as fellow Mexican RHP Florencio Serrano Jr, whose contract was voided by MLB last June).   

Prior to the game on Field #6, three of the four youngest Cubs pitchers at EXST (Manuel Espinoza is the other one) threw "live" BP on Field #5 (two "innings" - 30 pitches each). 17-year old Venezuelan RHP Richard Gallardo (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the current ISP) got swings & misses with a 91-93 MPH FB and a plus-CV, and he also threw a couple of decent CH; 17-year old Venezuelan LHP Joel Machado was sitting 85-86 with his FB, but he had a solid CV and so-so CH that he was able to mix & match with his FB; and 18-year old 6'3 210 Dominican RHP Willy Cabrera's FB was impressive at 92-94 MPH (T-95) in addition to an 88-90 MPH CH and a sharp-breaking CV, but he had difficulty commanding his stuff (not too surprising considering he walked 50 in just 25.2 IP in the DSL in 2018!).

Here is the box score from the game:

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
X. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 0-3 (4-3, F-7, P-5)
NOTE: Hannemann led-off the top of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings
1. Josue Huma, SS: 0-2 (3-1, 1-3)
2. Dalton Hurd, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
3. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 1-2 (1B, K)
4a. Caleb Knight, C: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
4b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-0 (BB)  
5. Albert Hinirio, RF: 0-2 (3-1, 4-6-3 DP)
6. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 1-1 (1B, RBI, CS)
7. Richard Nunez, 1B: 0-1 (K) 
8. Edmond Americaan, DH #2: 0-1 (K) 
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 0-1 (6-3)

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-2 (F-9, 5-3)
2. Ricardo Verenzuela, CF: 2-2 (3B, 1B, 2 R) 
3. Pedro Martinez, SS: 0-0 (F-7 SF, BB, R, RBI)
4. Carlos Morfa, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Ervis Marchan, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-2 (P-3, 1B) 
7. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, 5-4 FC, RBI) 
8. Danny Zardon, C: 1-2 (5-3, 1B)
9. Kevin Moreno, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, F-9, CS)
10. Raymond Pena, DH #2: 0-1 (L-8)

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Manuel Espinoza: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 
2. Tony Barnette: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Junichi Tazawa: 1.0 IP, 1 H,0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Luis Silva: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (17 strikes) 

CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Chi-Feng Lee: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Riger Fernandez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Emilio Ferrebus: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Caleb Knight: 1-1 CS
2. Orian Nunez: 1 PB 

CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS 

CUBS "B" TEAM OUTFIELD ASSIST
CF Ricardo Verenzuela threw out runner (Dalton Hurd) 8-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to CF 

ATTENDANCE: 6 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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The Cubs have loaned DSL Cubs #2 RHRP Francisco Gracia to Diablos Rojos del Mexico (Mexico City Red Devils) of the Mexican League.

The 20-year old Gracia is from Mexico, and was signed by the Cubs in 2016. 

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  • Eric S 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Definitely was time for Monty and/or Chatwood to move on.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 39 min ago (view)

    pretty much washes out the $$, but i was kinda sick of montgomery.  it's not much of a gamble for KC given that monty has club control years left.

    all D with a little pop...better option than t.davis, at least.

    hopefully this move isn't because contreras might be DL bound.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Per the internet, Cubs have traded for KC catcher Martin Maldonado. 🤷‍♂️ 

    Update: trade in exchange for Mike Montgomery

    Well that will clear up a spot in the bullpen at a minimum and perhaps kicks Descalso to the curb in the process to clear room on the bench for Maldonado 

    Well shit. Willson to the 10 day IL with a strained arch to the right foot (shakes angry fist at Rosario for his wildness at the root of this).  Guess Descalso will get to relax, strike out and eat sunflower seeds on the bench for a while longer. 

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Just a putrid game in a lot of respects. Cubs futility against the Reds is highly annoying. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 17 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards move into 2nd in the central.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Happ starting to make some noise in Iowa with a three hit night, with two homers (now 15 for the season), raising his average to .240 - I don’t think it’s been that high for several months.  I believe he’s had a number of multi-hit games the last couple of weeks to help bump up the average. 

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen reminding Theo that he’s significantly better than both of Theo‘s big offseason acquisitions of Brach and Descalso in both pitching and hitting. Perhaps Brach is the better base runner?

     

  • crunch 5 hours 47 min ago (view)

    heyward - 1

    bat - 0

     

  • crunch 5 hours 55 min ago (view)

    bad D has directly resulted in at least 3 of tonight's reds runs.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Brach has inherited 15 runs - some how, some way, 50 of them have scored

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 5 min ago (view)

    I bet Hendricks wasn’t envisioning seeing both Rosario and Brach pitching in the 8th after leaving with a 3-2 lead after six.

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Been a month since Rizzo hit a dinger. Tonight would be a good time to get off the schnide. 

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 28 min ago (view)

    First half Cubs showed up for the top of the seventh - yuck

     

  • crunch 6 hours 29 min ago (view)

    bote...dude...ow.

    also, dude, cishek.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 56 min ago (view)

    can't think of a much better way to spend some loot, myself.  sounds awesome.

     

  • michael2z 7 hours 25 min ago (view)

    I try to go to a three-game series every year. I have been taking my son for years and began taking two of my grandsons the last four years and plan on bringing all three to a series next year. I was born and raised in the Chicago area and I still have family there (my cousins own the Twin Anchors restaurant in Old Town). 

    Yes, the cost is much, but the time with family is truly priceless. Trying to enjoy the time I’ve got left, hoping that the boys have a great time and memories to share for generations