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"
Hagsag 42 min 13 sec ago (view)
Hoping that Rizzo's back won't be a problem.
crunch 3 hours 55 min ago (view)
arizona summer league from the distant east coast point of view is an interesting baseball sideshow for the most part, but that AZL 1 vs 2 game sounds awesome. the players and coaches have to be stoked for that one.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 59 min ago (view)
18-year old SS Luis Verdugo last ten games for AZL Cubs #2 (45 PA): 429/467/881 with four doubles, five HR, and 18 RBI, including three three-hit games and one four-hit game among the ten games.
As I mentioned at the start of the AZL season in June, Verdugo is the Cubs top prospect in the AZL (see my comment in this thread from June 15th).
Arizona Phil 6 hours 1 min ago (view)
Both AZL Cubs #2 and AZL Athletics Gold win (big) in their games Saturday night and Dodgers Mota clinches one of the two remaining playoff slots with a win while Royals and Padres #1 lose.
So it's AZL Cubs #1 vs AZL Cubs #2 at Sloan Park Sunday afternoon (with game-time temperatures 110+), with Benjamin Rodriguez scheduled to pitch for Cubs #1 and Carlos Ocampo scheduled to start for Cubs #2. (Richard Gallardo and Benjamin Rodriguez are the Cubs top two pitching prospects in the AZL, so Cubs #2 will have their hands full).
crunch 7 hours 11 min ago (view)
oscar de la cruz since passing through waivers unclaimed...8 relief appearances
11.2ip 11h 2bb 16k, 2r/er (both earned runs in 1 appearance)
crunch 12 hours 15 min ago (view)
it's kinda crazy to think there's a chance pedro strop won't make the post season roster (yeah, the cubs have to get there first) unless he shows something different the next 5 weeks. it's been hard to watch.
crunch 15 hours 55 min ago (view)
yeah, and evidently they can't pitch either.
now we need a few stupid baserunning mistakes to go with this new look.
crunch 16 hours 5 min ago (view)
cubs can't field or hit anymore.
this is not a good late-season look.
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 34 min ago (view)
What happened to Danny Hultzen this time??
crunch 16 hours 34 min ago (view)
Jackstraw 16 hours 44 min ago (view)
All whites are distinctive. And ugly.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 29 min ago (view)
There should be a number of good players and pitchers available off Outright Assignment Waivers over the next few days as non-contending clubs look to jettison payroll even if they can't get players back. The only problem is that the claiming club assumes 100% of the player's remaining pro-rated salary (albeit only one month's worth, unless the player is signed beyond 2019 and/or has a post-season buy-out).
Arizona Phil 18 hours 13 min ago (view)
BTW, Danny Zardon (signed by the Cubs out of Independent ball during Minor League Camp in March and converted from 3B to catcher at EXST) is now being converted to RHP in the AZL.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 14 min ago (view)
The AZL regular season concludes on Monday and the playoffs start on Tuesday and although AZL Cubs #1 has been eliminated, AZL Cubs #2 is right in the middle of the race to get one of the last two playoff slots.
Arizona Phil 19 hours 49 min ago (view)
Today is the last day of the DSL regular season. Neither DSL Cubs #1 nor DSL Cubs #2 qualified for the DSL playoffs.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.