Victorino Helps Cubs Blank A's at Fitch Park
Shane Victorino (two-run single), Trey Martin (RBI double), and Chris Pieters (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run 2nd and four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs scored eight runs over the first four innings and blanked the Athletics 8-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Shane Victirino (calf strain rehab) served as a DH and singled twice, walked, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in two more.
Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS) threw a perfect 1-2-3 twelve-pitch inning to get things started, RHP Jeremy Null followed with four innings of shutout ball, and then RHP Pedro Silverio tossed three innings of perfect baseball, as Cubs pitchers completely throttled the A's hitters.
The Cubs stole five more bases today, making it 17 SB in their last four games (only one CS).
In a display of good sportsmanship, A's first-baseman Miguel Mercedes let Cubs first baseman Gustavo Polanco use his glove when playing defense the last three innings of the game, with the two first-basemen laying the glove on top of the 1st base bag at the end of each half-inning for the other to pick-up when he arrived at his defensive position. (We used to do that in my old neighborhood, too). Although Polanco is primarliy a catcher, he also plays 1B, but he forgot to bring his first-baseman's glove to the game, and Chris Pieters (the only other Cubs player at the game with a first-baseman's mitt) is left-handed.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only), followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
1a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, F-9, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
1b. Eric Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
2. D. J. Wilson, RF: 0-3 (F-7 SF, K, 5-4 FC, K, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Trey Martin, CF-DH: 2-4 (2B, 2B, F-9, K, R, RBI)
4a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
4b. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9 SF, 5-4 FC, R, RBI)
5b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (1-3)
6a. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH #2: 0-2 (K, HBP, 4-1, PO)
6b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-1 (K)
7. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-2 (6-4 FC, BB, 1B, BB, RBI, SB)
8a. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K, 2 R)
8b. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (F-8 DP)
9a. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 0-2 (BB, E-5, F-8, 2 R, SB)
9b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (1B)
10. Edgar Rondon, 3B: 1-3 (BB, L-6, 1B, L-3 DP, R)
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Jeremy Null: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/AO, 59 pitches (38 strikes)
3. Pedro Silverio; 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Junior Marte: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (updated 4-19-2016):
82 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB)
15 players LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB or INACTIVE
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jeffry Antigua
Frank Batista (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - knee surgery)
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Aaron Brooks (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - hip contusion)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton
* Jack Leathersich (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
M. T. Minacci
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
* Manny Parra (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - April 2016 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* Manny Rondon
* Zac Rosscup (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - left shoulder inflammation)
Duane Underwood Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - elbow)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Aramis Ademan
* Kelly Dugan
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE;- attending college at Boise State)
* Christopher Morel (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - right arm laceration)
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon (formerly batted only LH, now bats both)
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured fibula)
* Luis Ayala
# Roberto Caro
# Robert Garcia
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino (ACTIVE REHAB)
* D. J. Wilson
Jesus Feliciano (Assistant Manager)
Jeremy Farrell (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach)
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach - Infield Instructor)
Lance Ryme (Rehab Assistant Coach - Catching Instructor)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach - Outfield Instructor)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Rehab Pitching Coach)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Athletic Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Hagsag 2 hours 40 min ago (view)
Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?
Hagsag 2 hours 58 min ago (view)
Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 9 min ago (view)
What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule?
COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."
crunch 9 hours 39 min ago (view)
g.cole - yanks - 9/324m
s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m
a.rendon - angels - 7/245m
boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week. not bad.
crunch 9 hours 46 min ago (view)
still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it. not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.
whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.
on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.
bradsbeard 10 hours 20 min ago (view)
Taijuan Walker is a good candidate.
cubbies.4ever 11 hours 45 min ago (view)
So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery? That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo. Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo. I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.
Charlie 20 hours 27 min ago (view)
I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.
Charlie 20 hours 30 min ago (view)
If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.
crunch 20 hours 47 min ago (view)
i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 25 min ago (view)
Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.
Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs.
jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
jeremy jeffress agrees.
Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
It's high time if you ask me.