April Showers Bring 9th Inning Luck to Brew Crew
Carlos Belonis drilled a one-out game-tying RBI double and Milan Post followed with a game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly, as the Brewers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #7 (AKA "Paul Molitor Field") at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, AZ.
Carlos Jimenez belted a two-out RBI double in the top of the 8th to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead, as the game was scoreless through seven innings of play.
RHP Joshua Torres got the start for the Brew Crew and tossed four innings of shutout ball, and five Cubs pitchers had pieced-together a combined two-hit shutout through eight innings, before the 9th inning revoltin' development.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Ben Wells has been moved up to Hi-A Myrtle Beach.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1a. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-3 (L-9, 5-3, 1B, PO)
1b. Danny Gutierrez, CF: 0-1 (P-6)
2a. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-1, K)
2b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (L-9)
3a. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-3 (2B, 1-3, 6-3)
3b. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-1 (1B)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-4 (4-1, 3-1, F-9, P-5)
5a. Adonis Paula, 1B-DH: 0-1 (K, BB)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, F-8)
6. Tyler Alamo, C-DH: 0-1 (BB, 4-3)
7. Jordan Hankins, DH-1B: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B)
8. Tim Saunders, SS-2B: 0-3 (F-9, F-8, 6-4 FC, R)
9a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB)
9b. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-1 (2B, RBI)
10. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3, BB)
1. Austyn Willis: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Brad Markey: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
6. Yomar Morel: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle and temperatures in the 70's
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 59 min ago (view)
Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 23 min ago (view)
The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze.
Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day.
crunch 14 hours 14 min ago (view)
we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.
backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners. i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core. NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...
Sonicwind75 14 hours 26 min ago (view)
Stroman, a pleasant surprise. Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 53 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA.
On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two."
crunch 15 hours 19 min ago (view)
until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.
OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix. fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group... even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.
George Altman 15 hours 39 min ago (view)
Ok, if Cubs are going there....I want Correa and Bryant. Unless this is just about selling tickets.
crunch 15 hours 43 min ago (view)
crunch 16 hours 42 min ago (view)
stroman / hendricks / miley / alzolay - mills - thompson - steele
okay...now do bats.
Wrigley Rat 16 hours 49 min ago (view)
You beat me to it! :)
azbobbop 16 hours 50 min ago (view)
Marcus Stroman to the...wait for it...the CUBS! What a nice surprise!
Arizona Phil 1 day 7 min ago (view)
With Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo having been non-tendered, the only 2021 Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Players remaining on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster are Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, and Nelson Velazquez. Draft-Excluded players cannot be outrighted to the minors until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, so Effross, Rivas, Roberts, and Velazquez are the only players on the 40 with off-season roster-removal restrictions.
Sonicwind75 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Sad but true. According to my back of the napkin numbers the Cubs have aroumd $100MM in payroll space to match last seasons but they're shopping in the non-tendereds ailse. At the same time they talk of being "competitive". The cognitive dissonance is overwhelming.
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
I suspect Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo will re-sign with the Cubs on minor league deals with NRIs to 2022 MLB Spring Training, possibly as early as tomorrow.
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
MIN claimed t.megill from CHC and then non-tendered him.
CHC non-tender jason adam and mike hermosillo
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
matt boyd non-tendered by DET...that sounds about the right part of the scrap pile the cubs are digging around