Underwood Sharp in Final Rehab Tune-Up at Sloan Park
Five pitchers combined to toss a one-hit shutout and Didimo Bracho belted a two-run home run and an RBI single to account for all of his team's runs, helping the Diamondbacks blank the Cubs 3-0 at Sloan Park, and D. J. Wilson (two-run triple), Luis Ayala (RBI double), Gustavo Polanco (RBI double), and Jesse Hodges (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run Cub 3rd, as the Cubs and D'backs played to a 7-7 tie on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.
Michael Foster broke up the D'backs no-hit bid in Sloan Park with a one-out single in the bottom of the 9th.
RHSP Duane Underwood (right ebow stiffness) made his final rehab start in the game at Sloan Park and threw 5.1 IP (78 pitches) of one-run ball, retiring 13 of the first 16 men he faced before running into trouble in the top of the 6th when he allowed three singles and a HBP and surrendered his only run. But he was outstanding through the first five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
RHRP Dallas Beeler (on Cubs 15-day DL - right shoulder inflammation) made a rehab start in the game played on Field #1 and was hit hard, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits (two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run) and a walk (plus a throwing error) in 3.1 IP (50 pitches).
RHRP Aaron Crow (ex-KC - April 2015 TJS rehab) threw in the game on Field #1, but was unable to complete his inning, allowing a single, a double, and a triple and two runs while retiring only one batter. I couldn't tell if he was lifted because of pitch count or performance issues, but his stuff was subpar today and obviously didn't fool any of the young D'backs hitters.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SLOAN PARK (CUBS SPRING TRAINING STADIUM)
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-4 (F-8, P-4, F-9, 4-3)
2. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, F-8)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 0-3 (K, 4-3, P-4)
4a. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5. Vimael Machin, SS: 0-2 (F-8, F-7, BB)
6. Rafael Mejia, DH-3B: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
7. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 3-U, 6-4 FC)
8a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
8b. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Michael Foster, RF-DH: 1-3 (5-3, 6-4 FC, 1B)
10a. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 0-2 (1-3, E-6, SB)
10b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-1 (K)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/7 GO/AO, 78 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Edgar Rondon: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS:
Jhonny Pereda; 2-3 CS
RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, LF: 1-4 (1-3, 3B, 3-1, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Luis Ayala, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2b. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 0-0 (2-3 SH)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH #1: 1-4 (6-3, 6-3, 1B, F-7, R, RBI, SB)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, F-9, R, RBI)
4b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-1 (1B)
5a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
5b. Andruw Monasterio, 3B: 0-1 (6-3 DP)
6a. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (K, 3-1, F-7)
6b. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
7a. Yohan Matos, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
7b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 1-1 (2B, BB, CS)
8a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, K)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-1 (1B)
9a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (HBP, L-6, R)
9b. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 1-2 (2B, 4-6 FC, SB)
10. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, E-6, K, R)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Dallas Beeler: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Daniel Lewis: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 7 pitches (4 strikes)
NOTE: Lewis relieved Beeler with an 0-2 count on batter
3. Aaron Crow: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Kyle Miller: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
6. Jesus Castillo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3
1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Dallas Beeler: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. 1B Gustavo Polanco: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Pearson: 1-2 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS
19 (SLOAN PARK)
11 (RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Eric S 39 min 4 sec ago (view)
Another lefty Padre starter and JHey gets a breather. Robel in LF (batting 5th) Almora CF (leadoff) and Bryant in RF
Charlie 2 hours 9 min ago (view)
Mike Leake? Check that guy's locker for a genie lamp.
bradsbeard 2 hours 24 min ago (view)
AZ Phil, your writeup here suggests a player on the restricted list in Zobrist’s situation cannot be reinstated between August 1 and October 31. Does Zobrist actually have to be reinstated this month to play at all the rest of the season?
crunch 11 hours 22 min ago (view)
base hit to lead off top 9th...aww.
killer performance and there should be enough in the tank to easily get the CG (only 79 pitches).
crunch 11 hours 49 min ago (view)
m.leake (SEA) perfect through 7ip, 67 pitches
crunch 12 hours 22 min ago (view)
STL down by 7...so they score 10 in the 6th...and barely manage to win a 12-11 game.
Craig A. 15 hours 38 min ago (view)
Of course, the Cubs knew he was delicate when they signed him, but Maddon pushed him anyway. How much value is there to an elite player who can’t be used very much?
Eric S 17 hours 22 min ago (view)
Bote’s numbers trending down unfortunately - not far from Russell‘s
bradsbeard 17 hours 52 min ago (view)
Bryant’s always been pretty good in LF. It’s RF where he looks most awkward to me. Something about staying on the left side of the field maybe. I think you’ll see Bryant and Schwarber platooned in LF going forward, though that might depend on Bote’s ability to start hitting LHP again.
Eric S 18 hours 21 min ago (view)
Cubs win and this Kimbrel pickup paying dividends
crunch 18 hours 26 min ago (view)
he's a low level jerk, but i find it hard to hate the guy when he doesn't try ducking an interview to explain wtf his problem is.
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 31 min ago (view)
Too many of our relief arms have excelled at blowing late leads. Strop and Edwards have been the primary ones.
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 32 min ago (view)
He’s sipping drinks on a beach?
Could he be Mai Tai Guy???
crunch 18 hours 39 min ago (view)
SD defense is the player of the game.
Eric S 18 hours 47 min ago (view)
Should the Cubs go on to win this game ... wow. Some crazy-stupid self inflicted damage that they’ve somehow skirted.
Eric S 18 hours 54 min ago (view)
Strop has become very adroit at blowing leads giving up the long ball (same thing last Friday coming off the all star break?)