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
crunch 58 min 40 sec ago (view)
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crunch 5 hours 13 min ago (view)
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i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months. yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.
Cubster 16 hours 55 min ago (view)
"in normal times..."
It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.
Cubster 17 hours 5 min ago (view)
"Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."
I blame Pete Ricketts
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
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crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
contract rights are retained by the team.
in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues. in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.
some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.
Jackstraw 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
So they are all free agents? Or still under contract and not getting paid? I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
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Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
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classy. absolute class act stuff right there.
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.
the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*
Ryno 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Depends on who you are.
Ryno 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
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Ryno 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.
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Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
speaking of Trump's trained rats...