Javy Baez Back in Action at Extended Spring Training
Renato Nunez drilled an RBI double, walked twice, and scored a run, Iolana Akau ripped an RBI double and a single, Nate Freiman (on Oakland A's MLB 15-day DL with a lower back strain) reached base three times (walk, single, and HBP), and Matt Stalcup tossed four innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park in Mesa.
Frandy de la Rosa pulled a solo HR over the RF fence to account for the lone Cub run.
Javy Baez was a DH and batted twice in the game, flying out to deep left-center his first time up, and striking out (swinging) on a 1-2 breaking ball his second time up. Baez is in the process of getting back into game shape at Extended Spring Training after missing the first two weeks of the regular season following the death of his sister.
Prior to the Cactus League EXST game on Field #6, RHPs Jordan Brink, Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF), Scott Frazier, and Jose Zapata threw one inning a piece in a two-inning intrasquad "sim" game on Field #4. Baez "warmed-up" for the Cactus League EXST game by getting an AB in the "sim" game, rifling a double down the LF line off Brink.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-4 DP, F-8)
2. Ho-Young Son, DH-SS: 1-3 (L-5 DP, 2B, 4-3)
3a. Javy Baez, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, K)
3b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #3: 0-1 (BB, F-9)
4b. Jose Paniagua, PH: 0-1 (F-7)
5a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, F-7)
5b. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 0-0 (BB)
6. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, 5-4 FC)
7a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (P-6, F-9)
7b. Carlos Jimenez, LF: 0-1 (E-9)
8. Tim Saunders, SS-DH: 1-3 (P-4, K, 1B)
9a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-0 (BB)
9b. Yohan Matos, C: 0-1 (BB, K)
10. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, L-4 DP, F-7)
11. Frandy de la Rosa, DH-2B: 1-2 (F-8, HR, R, RBI)
12. Andrew Ely, 2B-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB)
1. Adbert Alzolay: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 25 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Frandy de la Rosa - E-4 (overthrow at 1st base while attempting to turn 6-4-3 DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (overthrow at 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in th 80's
Cubster 17 hours 1 min ago (view)
IMPOTUS 45: "ANYBODY WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET A TEST"
then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.
crunch 17 hours 25 min ago (view)
5 cubs players + d.ross didn't work out with the team today because their tests were dealyed. 4 players + d.ross later came back negative and 1 test will have to be done again because it was compromised during transport and invalidated.
...turns out the compromised test was not a player, but a non-player/non-ross Tier 1 employee. neat.
crunch 19 hours 46 min ago (view)
v.caratini will continue to be darvish's preferred catcher this season.
crunch 19 hours 46 min ago (view)
j.hicks (STL) opts out. he's a T1 diabetic currently rehabbing from TJ. he was expected to return in august.
JustSayin' 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 5 days 2 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 5 days 14 hours 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 5 days 18 hours 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.