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
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