A's Roll Through Riverview

Rafael Rincones (RBI double and RBI single and a run scored), Aaron Arruda (two-run double, single, walk, and two runs scored), and Yerdel Vargas (double, HBP, and two runs scored) provided the offense and LHSP Jhenderson Hurtado hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

LHP Kyle Ryan got the start for the Cubs and was drilled to the tune of three runs on six hits (including three doubles) in just 2.1 IP (59 pitches). K. Ryan was left behind when the Iowa Cubs departed Arizona on April 1st, with the idea that he would stay ready in case a veteran lefty "swing-man" was needed in Des Moines during the first month of the PCL season. But with the way he pitched today, K. Ryan might not get moved-up to AAA even if there was a spot for him (which there is not at this time).   

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 2-3 (K, 2B, 2B, 2 RBI)
1b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Yonathan Perlaza, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, 3-1)
2b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B)
3. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, 1-U, SB)
4. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (BB, F-8, L-7, L-3)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF-RF:  0-4 (F-7, F-7, K, 4-3)
6a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, P-3)
6b. Fabian Pertuz, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
7. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
8. Kwangmin Kwon, RF-CF: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (K, HBP, F-8, R)
10. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, CS)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Kyle Ryan: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Stephen Ridings: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (4 strikes)
3. Mitch Stophel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base after WP allowed runner to score)

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Kwangmin Kwon - batter thrown out 8-5-4 attempting to advance to 2nd base after RBI single to CF

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

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Comments

Is Velazquez looking reasonable in CF?

 

Thanks, as always.

TIM: Nelson Velazquez plays CF OK, but I would say the best comps for Nelson Velazquez defensively in CF are probably Jeffrey Baez and Eddy Julio Martinez.

Baez played mostly CF his first three years in pro ball before being moved to RF even though he can still play CF if necessary, and EJM has the tools required to play CF although he might not have the game-saving "big play" skills of (let's say) Almora, Hannemann, Martin, Wilson, and Myers.

That said, Velazquez CAN actually play CF. I just don't know if you would play him there if you had other better defensive options available. But if you had one OF who absolutely has to play LF and another OF with a RF arm but without the range to play CF and Velazquez was the third guy and you wanted all three of them in the lineup at the same time, then Velazquez would be your CF. 

a.alzolay didn't quite do so well in his 2nd start, but it wasn't a disaster...

4ip 5h 2bb 2k, 3r/er

he threw 83 pitches.

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  • Eric S 3 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Credit to Mills bouncing back strong - fifth straight quality start by the rotation certainly helps things. Yu for the series win tomorrow 

     

  • crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    schwarber in the bottom 10th!  walkoff homer.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Throws strikes like Chatwood.  Holds runners like Darvish.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 59 min ago (view)

    This smells like a Chatwood game. 

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Almora - what a tool non-play there. 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 15 min ago (view)

    phew...kimbrel is fresh off taking a half season away from the game, but im ready for a bit less drama out of his appearances.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 19 min ago (view)

    lorenzen is low-key one of the most exciting players in the game, seriously.  he's fun on the mound, at the plate, and baserunning.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Well that settles it: Lorenzen is a better base runner than Brach. Brach haint got nuttin’

     

  • crunch 4 hours 23 min ago (view)

    rizzo's power outage has been a little alarming.  it seems to be bad luck more than anything obvious, though.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Near warning track power Rizzo not nearly as fun as home run derby Rizzo

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 43 min ago (view)

    More rare sighting in last few weeks: a Descalso plate appearance or a Rizzo home run?  Descalso PA wins by an eyelash

    Descalso actually had one his better at bats (even though he should have been rung up on a missed strike three) — a line drive one hopper to the shortstop

     

  • crunch 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    they're celebrating the 69 cubs at the park tonight.

    they had a bunch of vets (led by billy williams) do the 7th along with a video edited together of ernie banks + ron santo singing the 7th so they could all sing along.  great touch.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 31 min ago (view)

    montgomery is going to be used as a SP for KC.  good for him.

    also, a.mills has calmed down into a hell of a nice welcome back start.  he's back on my xmas card list.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 47 min ago (view)

    31 pitches, 3 HBP by mills...and only 3 runs given up in 1.2ip so far!

     

  • crunch 7 hours 4 min ago (view)

    okay, im done with alec mills.

    next.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 11 min ago (view)

    almora picks up a career highlight reel catch in CF.

    even heyward was pumped.