Galindo Provides Some Offense for Cubs at Diablo
Wladimir Galindo (recently demoted to EXST from Myrtle Beach) collected three hits and drove-in two runs and SP Yunior Perez and four relievers combined on a five-hitter with twelve strikeouts, helping the Cubs "A" Team defeat the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.
Baseball America's #18 Cubs prospect as recently as two years ago, the 22-year old Galindo was hitting just 125/222/150 with 14 K in 13 games (45 PA) for the Pelicans prior to being sent to EXST. (Galindo hit just 216/276/313 with 124 K in 114 games at Myrtle Beach last season).
The Cubs stole four bases against Angels catcher (and former Cub) Michael Cruz (no CS plus one E-2 throwing error), and all four of those runners ended up scoring. The last time the two teams played with Cruz in the Angel lineup, the ex-Cub was plunked on the upper right arm by a pitch.
SS Jeremiah Jackson (LAA 2018 2nd round draft pick - St. Luke's Episcopal School - Mobile, AL) belted a solo HR (103 MPH exit velo vs. a 95 MPH Yunior Perez FB) leading off the bottom of the 1st inning for the Angels. (Jackson laced two doubles and scored two runs in the Angels victory over the Cubs at Riverview this past Wednesday). On the negative side, Jackson also uncorked a wild throw to 1st base (E-6) in the top of the 9th that eventually led to the Cubs scoring an insurance run.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, K, R, SB)
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-3 (BB, P-3, 5-3, 5-3, R)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
3b. Herson Perez, 2B: 0-1 (E-6, R, SB)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
5. Yonathan Perlaza, DH-SS: 0-4 (F-7, K, K, 4-3 DP)
6a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-3 (P-6, F-7, P-3)
6b. Danny Zardon, C: 0-1 (K)
7. Luis Diaz, 2B-DH: 1-2 (BB, L-6, 1B, R, SB)
8. Dalton Hurd, LF: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 1B)
9. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3 DP, R, SB)
10. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, F-9)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Yunior Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Alexander Vargas: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS
2. Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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crunch 1 hour 13 min ago (view)
3 dot crew represent. i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.
Charlie 1 hour 21 min ago (view)
I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!
Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.
George Altman 5 hours 24 min ago (view)
The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport, to learn something from the broadcast crew.
Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't, and I know about NOTHING about football.
First.Pitch.120 7 hours 44 min ago (view)
Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3. If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #. eg - OUTS: 1 It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.
crunch 8 hours 15 min ago (view)
tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.
First.Pitch.120 8 hours 37 min ago (view)
General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.
crunch 10 hours 1 min ago (view)
brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r. he can opt out of the 2nd year.
crunch 10 hours 41 min ago (view)
the national broadcasts on ESPN suffer badly from a lack of "homework" on the teams they're covering.
yesterday i heard more riffing between the announcers about each other more than the players. the only thing that saved them from more of that and dead air was in-progress action and player interviews (too many player interviews, but it's spring so whatever).
Hagsag 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
Not impressed with ESPN's broadcast. I like Mendoza's work, but how many kids did we have to see rolling around the grass. Good day to see some young players ,but half the time you had no idea who was batting or pitching.
crunch 22 hours 9 min ago (view)
cubs game totally not a delay broadcast for ESPN...thanks for that gem heyward.
dunno if they'll be printing up any "You better have your shit in line" t-shirts, but it's as least as good as "Try not to suck"
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 min ago (view)
Jason Adam is another who throws short arm. I don't think he was a position player, but maybe falls into the arm injury category?
Sonicwind75 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!
Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Thanks, AZ Phil. Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster.
The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.
Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
CUBSTER: Unless there is a wave of pitcher injuries in Spring Training I would think Shelby Miller will probably begin the season at AAA (or at the ATS, since the start of the AAA season is supposely going to be delayed) where he can get stretched out.