Giants Trip-Up Cubs with Triples at Indian School Park

Ghordy Santos tripled and scored, Jean Pena belted an RBI triple, and SP Sonny Vargas and five relievers combined on a five-hitter, as the Giants Black squad edged the Cubs "B" team 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #2 (AKA "Jim Davenport Field") at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.   

The Cubs spoiled the Giant shutout in the top of the 9th. Rochest Cruz walked with one out, advanced to 3rd on a two-base E-1 on a pick-off attempt, and scored on a Carlos Morfa RBI single drilled through the 3.5 hole into RF.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3, BB, CS)
1b. Caleb Knight, 1B: 0-1 (K)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-4 (5-3, 4-3, K, 4-U FC)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-1 (6-3, BB, BB)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, 4-3)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: NO AB 
5. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3) 
6a. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, 6-3)
6b. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-1 (K) 
7. Pedro Martinez, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, F-8)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B-DH: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, CS)
9. Ricardo Verenzuela, LF: 0-3 (K, 2-3, K)
10. Rochest Cruz, DH-2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
11. Carlos Morfa, DH #3: 1-3 (P-6, 1-3, 1B, RBI)

1. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Julio Guante: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes)
5.  Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes) 

1. 3B Fabian Pertuz: E-5 (errant throw allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Julio Guante: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

Jonathan Soto: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, how far along is Adbert Alzolay with his recovery from injury? When could we expect to see him in Des Moines?

HAGSAG: Adbert Alzolay threw 1.2 IP  and 34 pitches in his first EXST game outing on Wednesday, so depending on whether the Cubs want to rush him up to Iowa before he's stretched-out (as they did with Alec Mills) or have him get gradually stretched-out at EXST will be the determining factor.

And of course that presumes there will be no medical setbacks along the way. 

So if he remains at EXST until he's stretched-out to throw five innings and 75-80 pitches, it probably will be no earlier than the first week of May (or maybe even the second week) before he's moved-up to Iowa.  

There is probably extra care given to Alzolay and Marquez. That is a smart move. I know Marquez is at SB, but on a tight pitch count.

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  • Eric S 2 hours 31 min ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 


  • crunch 2 hours 55 min ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.


  • tim815 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.


  • crunch 4 hours 39 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.


  • crunch 4 hours 43 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.


  • crunch 4 hours 44 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.


  • Eric S 5 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer


  • crunch 5 hours 27 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.


  • crunch 8 hours 18 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.


  • VirginiaPhil 8 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Control problems?


  • crunch 8 hours 47 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again


  • crunch 15 hours 10 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.


  • Hagsag 16 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)


    way to break a tie.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)