Bond Bullet Snatches Tie from Jaws of Victory at Riverview
Alexander Guerra drilled a two-run HR and a single and Jonathan Sierra doubled, walked twice, and scored a run for the Cubs, and Francisco Medina belted a solo HR for the Giants black squad, as the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
With two outs and the scored tied in the bottom of the 9th inning, Jonathan Sierra sliced an opposite-field double into the LF corner, but then was thrown out at the plate by Giants LF Aaron Bond a batter later to end the game while attempting score on an Alexander Guerra ground single to left.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (1B, K, 5-3, 6-4 FC, R)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 1-3, 1B, 4-3, PO)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (4-3, E-3, CS)
3b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (BB, BB, 4-3, 2B, R)
5. Alexander Guerra, C: 2-4 (HR, F-8, 5-3, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
6. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-3 (K, P-2, F-7)
7. Eric Gonzalez, DH #1: 1-3 (K, L-8, 1B)
8. Carlos Pacheco, DH #2: 0-3 (K, K, K)
9. Fabian Pertuz, 3B-SS: 0-3 (K, K, F-7)
10. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, 3-U, BB)
1. Eury Ramos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Yovanny Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Nathan Sweeney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 28 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Yan de la Cruz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Herson Perez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 0-4 CS. 1 PB
Jonathan Sierra - thrown out 7-2 attempting to score fom 2nd base on ground single to LF
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!
way to break a tie.
The Cubs have hired Chase Spivey to fill the open hitting coach position with AZL Cubs #1. He was formerly a hitting instructor with Sparta Science in Menlo Park, CA. Sparta specializes in advanced learning technologies used by sports teams, law enforcement agencies, and the military.
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Cubs, as the Cubs tried (and failed) to outright Shepherd to the minors after claiming him off waivers from the Red Sox last Saturday.
schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / almora / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / ham
AZ Phil - Close here, but Cedeno to the IL with a “wrist injury“. Instead of Tazawa, the roulette wheel ball falls on righty reliever Rowan Wick being called up from AAA (not sure what he offers against lefties though).
What do you think he will cost?
Blue Jays scout following Cubs at EXST so there probably are other Toronto scouts on the other Cubs affiliates as well. If a deal were to happen, Jays closer Ken Giles is probable Cub target. (Giles is under club control via arbitration through 2020).
If the Cubs make any changes in the bullpen this week, I think Junichi Tazawa replacing Xaver Cedeno (likely DFA candidate) would be it.
It doesn't seem like Maddon has much confidence in Cedeno (and rightfully so), and Tazawa's splitter plays up vs LH hitters (when he's not hanging it).
Not that it's going to happen, but RHRP Tony Barnette is eligible to be reinstated from the Cubs MLB 60-day IL tomorrow (Thursday).
I'm bummed to be blacked out for this one. I'm forecasting a drubbing.
I had a good chuckle listening to the espn crew question the decision of pinch hitting a cold off the bench Javy for a veteran left handed hitter like Descalso - that discussion became moot pretty quick!
So many good things about the bottom of the ninth. Even Willson‘s at bat - though it didn’t result in a run - was a quality, grinding at bat after falling behind 0-2. Didn’t fall for the outside slider cheese as he’d done in similar situations before.
javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the outfield...no chance.
javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.