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):
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
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)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
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)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 2
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)
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
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"
cubbies.4ever 8 hours 16 min ago (view)
Why no Dakota Meekes? Somebody is gonna take him.
Cubster 8 hours 46 min ago (view)
Per S Sharma: "Cubs have added C Miguel Amaya, RHP Tyson Miller, RHP Manuel Rodriguez and INF Zack Short to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 36."
...Manny Rodriguez must be a bit of a surprise.
erich081 15 hours 34 min ago (view)
Interesting, thanks AZ Phil.
Arizona Phil 16 hours 19 min ago (view)
First.Pitch.120: Without citing the source, I can say that other than Miguel Amaya, no Cub eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft is more-likely to be selected (if left unprotected) than P. J. Higgins, and if Higgins is selected, the Cubs will almost certainly not get him back.
First.Pitch.120 19 hours 12 min ago (view)
AZ PHIL: can you tell us a bit more about the "likely" ranking for PJ Higgins? I haven't had a chance to see him IRL. His stat sheet looks ok but not necessarily above some others. Is it a case of the "useful AAA catcher who can also do other things while not destroying you with the bat"?
JustSayin' 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 5 days 15 hours ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 1 week 11 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 1 week 14 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 1 week 14 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 1 week 15 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 1 week 17 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.