Cease Fires Cubs to Victory at Sloan Park
Chris Pieters drilled a two-run single and a double, Kevonte Mitchell ripped an RBI single, walked three times, and scored a run, Yeiler Peguero doubled twice and drew a walk, and Dylan Cease tossed three innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts and combined with five relievers to fan 14, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Wednesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as an eleven-inning affair so that all of the A's and Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw could get their work.
John Arguello has some excellent game notes from the game at Cubs Den
And here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
1b. Michael Foster, PH-DH: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R, SB)
2. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (5-3 SH, F-8, K, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (K, BB, BB, 1B, BB, R, RBI, CS)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (HBP, P-5, K, F-9, HBP, RBI)
5. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-5 (P-6, 2B, F-8, FC, 1B, 2 RBI)
6a. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
6b. Vimael Machin, PH-DH 0-1 (BB. K)
7. Yeiler Peguero, 2B-SS: 2-3 (2B, BB, 2B, 1-3, PO)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIFTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
8a. Kevin Zamudio, DH-C: 0-3 (L-4, K, L-6)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, PH-C: 0-1 (HBP, L-8, R)
9a. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
9b. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-1 (BB, F-7)
10a. Luis Ayala, LF: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K, CS)
10b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 4-3, R)
1. Dylan Cease: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 51 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (21 strikes)
6. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (17 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS, 1 PO
WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Charlie 30 min 17 sec ago (view)
Maybe he should stick with it for a while.
Hagsag 4 hours 41 min ago (view)
Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.
blockhead25 10 hours 22 min ago (view)
Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs. If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it. Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games? Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.
crunch 11 hours 8 min ago (view)
yeah, it may be another team. i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.
blockhead25 11 hours 39 min ago (view)
Cubs? We played the cards the full 10 slate?
if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.
crunch 11 hours 46 min ago (view)
the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think
blockhead25 11 hours 49 min ago (view)
How did the Cubs not just clinch the division?
Aren't the Cards only scheduled for 58 games?
beat Cards can do is 31-27. Worst Cubs can do is 33-27.
crunch 12 hours 8 min ago (view)
j.baez is batting left handed...and hits a double.
CWS have a position player "pitching"
crunch 12 hours 11 min ago (view)
2nd contreras homer...no bat flip, no staring down the pitcher, quick trip around the bases, into the dugout.
crunch 12 hours 11 min ago (view)
i wish more non-AFL winter league was televised. dominican, puerto rico, etc...you can straight up showboat if you've earned it on a play without having to deal with retaliation (most of the time). bat flips, pitcher celebrations, swagger home run trots, etc...all fair game. it's you know...fun.
Craig A. 12 hours 35 min ago (view)
Plunking a guy for a bat flip only proves the pitcher has thin skin and short fingers. I'm glad Contreras scored.
Cubster 12 hours 50 min ago (view)
I goofed wrt Bluejays/Astros. They clinched a WC #2 and 8 seed but Houston has a lock on West div team 2. The Indians will be 7 seed and wild card #1, abd team #3 from the central
crunch 12 hours 51 min ago (view)
hey, guess who just got a fastball in the back.
crunch 13 hours 40 min ago (view)
that contreras bat flip, tho...
Cubster 15 hours 9 min ago (view)
Cards lose game 1 of DH w Brewers
crunch 16 hours 18 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / baez / schwarber / caratini / kipnis / hoerner(3rd)
eloy will not start this weekend for CWS and may be unavailable to pinch hit, too (foot injury).