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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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 12 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 8 hours 38 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 9 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 9 hours 24 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 9 hours 45 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 15 hours 54 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.