Cubs Use Three-Run Third to Edge Angels at Diablo

Jonathan Soto drilled a triple and an RBI single and six pitchers combined to hurl a four-hitter, helping the Cubs edge the Angels 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.  

The Cubs scored all three of their runs in the top of the third inning against Angels RHSP Jose Soriano, loading the bases on three singles (Verdugo, J. Gutierrez, and L. Diaz) before eventually scoring all three of the runners on the Soto RBI single (bases remained loaded), a Morel sacrifice fly to the warning track in LF, and a Soriano wild pitch. 
 
Connor Fitzsimons belted a solo HR off RHP Jesus Tejada to give the Angels a brief 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

In EXST Cubs roster news, C-1B-3B Cam Balego (Cubs 2017 30th round draft pick - Mercyhurst) has completed the "Catcher Conversion Program" and has been moved-up to South Bend. Balego began learning the catcher trade at AZ Instructs post-2017, and continued the process this year at Minor League Camp and then at Extended Spring Training. However, Balego is - NOT - becoming a full-time catcher, he is just adding "catcher" to his utility tool-box to increase his player-value going forward.   
 
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-4 (P-2, 1B, L-7, K, R)
2a. Jonathan Soto, C: 2-3 (F-8, 1B, 3B, RBI)
2b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 1-3 (K, F-7 SF, 6-2 FC, 1B, RBI, CS)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 1-4 (5-3, L-9, L-8, 1B)
5. Josue Huma, 3B: 0-2 (L-5, BB, 3-U, CS)
6. Henderson Perez, DH #1: 0-3 (E-6, K, F-9)
7. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (L-7, K, 6-3)
8. Luis Verdugo, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, F-9, BB, R, SB)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, K, P-3)
10. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9, R)
 
CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Jose M. Gonzalez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Fernando Calderon: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Yan de la Cruz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Chrisopher Morel: E-6 (dropped pop fly in short LF allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jonathan Soto: 1-3 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 7

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's

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  • crunch 48 min 19 sec ago (view)

    missed lester's 1st start as a cardinal yesterday...

    5ip 9h 2bb 4k, 6r/er

    nice.

     

  • crunch 1 hour 12 min ago (view)

    alec mills in colorado sucks.

     

  • cubbies.4ever 1 hour 14 min ago (view)

    AZ PHIL - are any of these INTFA, other than the obvious Christian Hernandez, show an immeadiate signs of being a good prospect?  Given a lot of these are really raw young kids.  You saw the talent in Eloy, Torres, Amaya, Soler, Alzolay, Marquez, etc, but there have also been the can't miss busts, Eddy Julio Martinez, Ademan, Tseng, Moreno, Sierra, etc or are a lot of these just a lot of bodies who are wild cards?

     

  • crunch 1 hour 16 min ago (view)

    delay of game...home plate ump seems to have tweaked his back or something...neet.

    a pointless delay of a pointless game.

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Indeed

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Off all the awards and accolades Rizzo earned during his time in Chicago; perhaps the most important is being named the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 55 min ago (view)

    technically correct is the best kind of correct.

    also, rizzo's charity work (himself and the time he gives, not just his money) is top notch stuff.

     

  • tim815 8 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?

     

  • bradsbeard 10 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 6 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).

    Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 39 min ago (view)

    So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 17 min ago (view)

    https://www.mlb.com/news/jed-hoyer-clarifies-comments-on-traded-cubs

    similar story, similar quotes, different site/author

     

  • QuietMan 23 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network

    Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.

    @TonyAndracki23 with the story.

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 50 min ago (view)

    Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."

    That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.