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) 

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)  

Yohan Matos: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in th 80's 



Glad to see Baez back. Not glad to see him with a 50% K rate. :) I am sure the Cubs are in no rush getting him back as there is really no place for him to play. I will be interested to see where he goes in the field.

Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales · Theo stressed Baez will stay at second base, play some shortstop, at Iowa

no 3rd, huh...hmmm.

O's cancelled tonight's game because of some rioting on the other side of the city...alright then. james brown would not approve.

Stupid fucking protests messing with my daily fantasy baseball team tonight. Had Adam Jones going and had to swap him out. Luckily I heard about it in time.

I just don't know what to say to this. It made me laugh and cry.

Priorities man. Jones was going to kill it for me tonight. Haha!

Homer Bailey to DL with right elbow strain...M. Scherzer will miss next start with thumb injury, that one doesn't sound too serious though.


Another one bites the dust.

Brandon McCarthy down with UCL tear, likely done for the season.


is any team going to ever offer a pitcher an extension that isn't extremely team friendly by this point?

I love Arrieta but considering his age and you know, pitchers, I would just take chances at arbitration at this point.

Good point Rob G. That is why I like what the Cubs have done building around position players. The Mets clearly didn't learn from from the early 2000's Cubs with Wood, Prior and Zambrano.

Am I the only one pro NL DH here or are there others like me?

Having Vogelberg in the system has convinced me.

I'm not for or against DH by itself but I want both leagues to be the same and since AL will never get rid of DH I'm good with NL getting it. I don't really get the opposition though so eh.

What I don't get is when people say the leagues should have the same rules, so the NL should get the DH. Why can't the NL have a 'never add the DH' stance? AL has stuck by their stance of never getting rid of the DH. That being said, i am sure the NL will cave, but only after they get serious concessions from the players.

So true. Why is that never even considered? The game was founded without a DH. The DH is just a cheap American League marketing gimmick. The DH is an aberration. If you can justify one DH, than why not have 9 DH's and 9 defensive specialists?

Players union want the money DH make more

I think the "Papi" effect means the AL will never give in. Also, I don't think the NL even has a league president.

because interleague play is here to stay and now necessary (for the better). Rules need to be uniform. More importatnly, teams aren't letting their pitchers hit in the minors, it's getting pointless and even dangerous to let them hit. 

I'll miss the fun and unpredictability of a good hitting pitcher, I find it a more fun version of baseball, but it's time is done.

Basically if there was much of a good hitting pitcher left. They are so few, and too often it's just a joke. Is it cool to see Wood hit the occasional bomb? Yes. But 99 percent of the time we just have to watch near automatic outs step up to the plate. They don't practice hitting, why should they have to?

Cubs pitchers I've enjoyed watching hit in the last 15 years or so: Kerry Wood, Prior, Zambrano, Maddux, Marquis, Sean Marshall, Travis Wood, maybe even Hammel and Arrieta. I don't think it's that rare to have a pitcher up there who isn't a complete zero. It's an added entertainment to have a slight advantage over the opposing team because your starter for that day might smack a double, and trying to get to the pitcher for an easy out also alters the rhythm of the game. Hard to say how much I'll warm to the DH--maybe that will be even more entertaining?

watching randy johnson try to bat is one of the best things to ever happen to the game of baseball.

Haha, that might be more entertaining that watching a good pitcher hit or having Danny Muno DH for the Mets Sunday night against the Yankees.

One word- Bartolo

oooo nice

Had to look and compare to see how bad these guys were: Colon - 13/165 (.079 BA) Johnson - 78/625 (.125 BA) Lester - 0/44 (.000 BA)

Just not the result, but the waves of movement to reach the result.

Not pro, per se, but I'm prepared for it. I like the idea of 9 vs. 9, but it just doesn't happen outside the NL. No other professional league in the U.S. is without the DH, correct? It's not like the minor league pitchers in the Cubs system bat anywhere until they get to the bigs. That's just silly. Get to the major leagues, and THEN learn a new skill? What? Plus, it's been what, 40 years? Time for the leagues to play the same set of rules. Momentum is in favor of the DH, and I don't care enough to protest it.

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 7 min ago (view)

    Explain how Lobaton is on this team?


  • Jackstraw 10 hours 30 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have looked pretty April for the last week.


  • George Altman 12 hours 4 sec ago (view)

    I'm pretty sure I've seen enough of Arrieta and Davies to last me the rest of the summer. 


  • crunch 14 hours 35 min ago (view)

    e.sogard pitching...the highlight of the last 2 games, easy...

    3 popouts...threw mid/high 60s batting practice lobs with some sink

    he's scoreless through 2ip in his career.  david ross career pitching comps...


  • crunch 15 hours 32 min ago (view)

    same...only it's coffee...which isn't helping.  yesterday's trash game got a sequel.


  • crunch 15 hours 34 min ago (view)

    yeah...we can go ahead and send cory abbott back down...


  • crunch 15 hours 45 min ago (view)

    hopefully the cubs can work out an extension for jason heyward to keep him around til then.


  • Hagsag 15 hours 46 min ago (view)

    This game is making me drink a lot.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Just wait til the 2030 season, those kids will be entering their prime then. Look out NL Central!


  • crunch 17 hours 1 min ago (view)

    im starting to think spending 12.6m of payroll on davies/arrietta while trading darvish away for davies and a slew of kids that dont even make the cubs top 10 prospect list wasn't a good idea.

    oh yeah, cubs gave SD money in that deal, too...that's even better.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer (ex-MIA) from Kansas City (American Association) and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday