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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Comments

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.