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) 

3B Herson Perez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

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" 


Another de la Cruz. Any relation?

BRADSBEARD: As far I know they are no relation. They don't look alike (Yan is 5'11 and Oscar is 6'4) and don't pitch alike (Oscar is a power-pitcher while Yan features an 84-86 MPH cutter and a slow curve), and while both are Dominican, they are from different cities in the DR.

BTW, Yan de la Cruz is 24 and will be 25 in August (so he's nearly two years older than Oscar) and has been in short-season ball for five years (originally signed by Houston in 2014, then was released in 2016 and signed by the Cubs as a minor league second-contract  FA). He has used up his max four years in the DSL so it's AZL or bust for Yan in 2018. 

That explains why we’ve never heard much about Yan!

The party line is that the SB Cubs, with a stacked young pitching staff and some potentially interesting bats, can make noise in 2018 and it will bode well for the parent club down the road. The problem I have with half of this theory is that all of these interesting bats are part of an infield which has made a brutal 20 errors in just 14 games. One of this group has a serious reputation of "good bat, needs to find a position" which doesn't seem to have followed him to Chicago, yet.  All of these players are South American, or second/third-day draftees. We're all rooting for diamond in the rough stories here but there is no DH on the North Side. So are these hidden gems, scouting mistakes or some of both?

Kind of different issues. Making noise in 2018, as far as competing for the post-season, is based heavily on health, and similar things. Also, Brendon Little will likely be wild, somewhat often. The offense is based around a few players through the Cubs Dominican pipeline. An 18-year old infielder will often bobble more chances than a 23 year old from a 4-year college. If the pipeline pitching over the next 5-6 weeks meets or exceeds, the Cubs can likely draft hitter-heavy, which should help long-term than another year of almost exclusive pitching.

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  • QuietMan 6 hours 37 min ago view

    way to break a tie.

    crunch 6 hours 56 min ago view
  • rizzoh!!

    crunch 7 hours 42 min ago view
  • 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. 

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 44 min ago view
  • 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.  

    Arizona Phil 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / almora / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / ham

    crunch 11 hours 50 min ago view
  • 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). 

    Eric S 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • What do you think he will cost?

    Rob Richardson 16 hours 14 min ago view
  • 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). 

    Arizona Phil 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • 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). 

    Arizona Phil 17 hours 32 min ago view
  • 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). 

    Arizona Phil 17 hours 42 min ago view
  • I'm bummed to be blacked out for this one. I'm forecasting a drubbing.

    Charlie 21 hours 54 min ago view
  • 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. 

    Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • CUBS WIN!!!!

    javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the chance.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view
  • javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view
  • tie game!!!

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view