Cubs & Diamondbacks Split a Pair at Talking Stick

Jorge Perez rifled a two-run triple to highlight a three-run 3rd, Connor Owings drilled a two-run single in the 4th, and Luke Lowery ripped a two-run double in the 5th, leading the Diamondbacks to an 8-5 victory over the Cubs on Quail Field, and Chris Dominguez slugged a two-run HR in the 4th to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead and Andruw Monasterio followed an inning later with an RBI single, as the Cubs rallied to edge the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action Saturday morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Both games were pre-planned as seven-inning affairs. 

Kevin Zamudio and Christopher Morel each clubbed a two-run HR in the top of the 4th on Quail Field as the Cubs rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the "A" game, and then after the D'backs plated two runs in bottom of the 4th on the Owings two-run single to go ahead 5-4, Yovanny Cuevas belted a game-tying solo HR for the Cubs in the top of the 5th. The Diamondbacks then took advantage of three Cubs errors in the bottom of the 5th to score three unearned runs off unlucky reliever David Garner that provided the Snakes with their margin of victory. 

Francis Martinez hammered a solo HR in the bottom of the 1st to put the Diamondbacks on the board in the "B" game on Whirlwind Field, but the Dominguez two-run HR and the Monasterio RBI single turned the game in the Cubs favor in the 4th & 5th, and RHRP Elvis Diaz sealed the deal for the Cubs with an easy eight-pitch save.   

In EXST roster news, CF Jacob Hannemann (March 2017 right knee injury) has completed his EXST rehab assignment and has rejoined the AA Tennessee Smokies. Hannemann hit a robust 333/455/722 in six Cactus League EXST games (22 PA), collecting three doubles, four walks, two SB, three RBI, two runs scored, and two sacrifice bunts. He struck out only twice in the 22 PA.   

Also, 21-year old LHP Jose MacDonna (2015 IFA - Dominican Republic) made his U. S. debut in the game on Whirlwind Field. The lanky lefty allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. 

The Cubs are 7-4 through their first eleven Cactus League EXST games. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 


1. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (L-8, F-8, K)
2. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 6-3)
3. Michael Cruz, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-8, R)
4. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 2-3 (F-8, HR, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
5. Joe Martarano, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-6, R)
6. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
7. Carlos Diaz, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, F-8)
8. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 3-U) 
9. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-2 (F-8, HR, BB, R, RBI)
10. Richard Nunez, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, L-6, F-7)

1. Tyler Peyton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Hector Garcia: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/AO, 44 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. Holden Cammack: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes) 
4. David Garner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (27 strikes) 

1. SS Edgar Rondon: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. LF Joe Maratarano: E-7 (fell flat on his face & dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely) 
3. C Carlos Diaz: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score) 

Carlos Diaz: 1-1 CS,  1 E (see above) 

Joe Martarano - thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to LF 



X. Chris Dominguez, 1B: 2-5 (6-3, 1B, HR, K, 6-3, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Dominguez batted 3rd in the 1st & 2nd innings, 2nd in the 4th & 7th, and led-off the 6th
1. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 3-2 FC, 1B, RBI, PO)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-3 (L-8, 1B, F-8, R)
3. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 0-3 (K, F-8, 5-3)
4. Miguel Amaya, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, F-7, F-8)
5. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-3 (F-9 DP, 4-3, F-8)
6. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (E-4, K, F-7, R)
7. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-1 (BB, 4-3)
8. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-0 (BB, HBP, R)
9. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (5-4 FC, 1B, RBI)

1. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Jose MacDonna: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
3  Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (7 strikes) 


Miguel Amaya - thrown out 9-2 attempting to score from 3rd base on F-9 FO

ATTENDANCE: 34 (both fields combined) 
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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  • Hagsag 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Thom? NFW!


  • crunch 13 hours 30 min ago (view)

    it probably had nothing to do with len leaving, but Marquee can get rid of that "we're all wearing suits and we're classy as hell" look.

    i loved len and bob...len and jd i was only warming up to in the past couple years.  either way, gonna miss len.


  • crunch 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    *laura ricketts has entered the chat*


  • crunch 13 hours 36 min ago (view)

    the claim is he "really wants to do radio" and "totally nothing wrong with Marquee"...etc etc

    but yeah...the team is having a hell of an offseason having theo walk away with a year left on his deal, semi-embarrassingly trying to find a taker for bryant, deciding to not keep schwarber, and now the long-time cubs pbp TV guy leaves for a radio gig across town.

    all of this and the cubs are yet to be linked to any FA discussions...or names for a GM hunt...or a pool of teams actually interested in bryant...or anything resembling a 2021 plan so far...


  • Eric S 13 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Thom Brennaman - a longtime Cub fan favorite - would fit Marquee to a T ūü§£


  • Charlie 13 hours 41 min ago (view)

    My appreciation of Len has waned since 2016. But he and JD have been my favorite Cubs broadcast crew in the ~25 years I've paid close attention.

    I wasn't thrilled about the few changes that came along with Marquee this year.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 15 min ago (view)

    I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.

    However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team


  • crunch 23 hours 52 min ago (view)


    is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021?  ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!

    (And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)


  • Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)



  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.


  • Charlie 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point


  • waveland 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS.