Javy Baez Bats Eight Times in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Doubleheader

Justin Steele tossed three innings of one-hit shutout ball and Eloy Jimenez drove-in all three Cub runs with a two-run single and a sacrfice fly, as the Cubs and Giants played to a 3-3 tie on Field #1, and Dylan Davis belted a solo home run, a double, and an RBI single, and scored three runs, Steven Neff (ex-LHP) collected a single, a double, and a two-run triple, and Julio Pena slugged a solo home run, helping the Giants to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs on Field #2, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split squad doubleheader action this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.. 

The game on Field #1 was called in the 8th inning with the score tied, and the game on Field #2 was called after six innings of play. 

Danny Gutierrez drilled three hits (two singles and a double) in the game on Field #2, but he also committed two errors in LF, one by having a line-drive clank off his glove for a two-base error, and the other when he allowed a bouncing single to hop past him for a three-base error (the batter was able to circle the bases and score)  

Javy Baez played in the game on Field #1, batting eight times (once in each inning), and playing second-base for four innings before moving over to shortstop. He went 1-7 for the day... #1) roped a line drive single to left on a 1-0 pitch in the top of the first inning before scoring the Cubs first run of the day on a sacrifice fly; #2) grounded out sharply 5-3 on an 0-1 pitch in the top of the second inning; #3) struck out swinging on a 1-2 breaking ball in the third; #4) reached base after being hit by a pitch (upper left arm) on an 0-1 count and then scored a run in the fourth; #5) struck out swinging on a 2-2 breaking ball in the fifth; #6) lined out to right on a 1-1 pitch in the top of the sixth; #7) reached base on a throwing error by the Giants shortstop on a 2-2 pitch in the seventh, and #8) struck out looking on a 2-2 breaking ball in the top of the eighth. He handled four chances in the field flawlessly. 

In three Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (15 Plate Appearances) since returning from Bereavement Leave, Baez is 3-14 with two singles and a double, six strikeouts (five swinging), no walks, and one HBP. 

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only): 


X. Javy Baez, 2B-SS: 1-7 (1B, 5-3, K, HBP, K, L-9, E-6, K, 2 R) 
NOTE: Baez batted 2nd in the top of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings, and he batted 3rd in the top of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th innings
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-3 (L-7, 2B, F-9, R) 
2. Frandy de la Rosa, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, 1-4 SH, F-7) 
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-2 (F-8 SF, 1B, 4-3, 3 RBI)
4a. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (HBP, K) 
4b. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-1 (4-3) 
5a. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #2: 0-1 (K) 
5b. Tim Saunders, PH-3B: 0-1 (F-8) 
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (3-U, 4-3)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B-DH: 0-2 (L-4, K)
8. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-2 (3-U, 1B)   
9. Ho-Young Son, SS-2B: 0-2 (K, 6-4 FC) 
10. Varonex Cuevas, DH #3: 0-2 (K, P-3)
1. Justin Steele: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/4 GO/FO, 41 pitches (29 strikes) 
2. Austin Reed: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 21 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Santiago Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 
4. Brad Markey: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 3/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Dillon Maples: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 26 pitches (9 strikes) 



1. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-4 (1B, K, F-9, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 0-4 (F-7, P-6, F-8, FC) 
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9, BB, RBI) 
4a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (L-7, BB, BB)
4b. Yohan Matos, C: 0-0 (BB, RBI)
5. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 1-4 (K, K, 2B, K)
6a. Miguel Rico, DH: 1-1 (3B, R) 
6b. Bryant Flete, PH-DH: 1-2 (2B, BB, K) 
7. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 0-3 (K, K, 6-3)
8. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (K, P-3, F-9) 
9. Danny Gutierrez, LF: 3-3  (1B, 1B, 2B, R, RBI, SB)

1. Oscar de la Cruz: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/FO, 45 pitches (29 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Andin Diaz: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/FO, 25 pitches (18 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 3/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (18 strikes) 

1. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. LF Danny Gutierrez: - E-7 (missed catch om line-drive to left allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
3. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. LF Danny Gutierrez - E-7 (fielding error on ground single to left allowed batter to circle the bases and score) 

Yohan Matos: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 



Brief 2-1/2 inning intrasquad game on Field #6 at Riverview Park this afternoon.

LHP Sam Wilson (two innings), RHP Greyfer Eregua (two innings), and RHP Scott Frazier (one inning) were the pitchers. Because of his extreme control issues and because the Cubs want him to throw only to LH hitters, Frazier does not pitchi in Cactus League EXST games, but he does pitch once or twice a week in intrasquad or "sim" games (facing only LH batters).     

Calvin Graves slugged a HR off Wilson leading off the game. 

Javy Baez has left Mesa and is en route to rejoin the Iowa Cubs. 

RHP Pierce Johnson (lat strain) has been assigned to the Pitchers Rehab Group (with Carreno, Cease, Masek, Moreno, and Reed), but he is not yet ready to pitch in EXST games. 

CRUNCH: A couple of the Cubs coaches told me over a year ago that they thought Frazier has the best pure stuff in the system. But then he apparently developed some kind of mental block the first Spring Training after he signed. BTW, he actually has the same type of problem with LH hitters that he does with RH hitters. It's just that he isn't as likely to hit a LH hitter. 

He was working consistently 96-98 and then hit 99 with his last pitch in the intrasquad game last Thursday, and he was throwing in the upper 90's last Monday and again today. . 

When he pitches in a game the other pitchers crowd around behind the screen to watch him throw, because none of the other pitchers down here can top 95.  

It's not too much fun for the batter or the catcher though, because a lot his pitches short-hop the catcher or are thrown behind the batter or ten feet up on the back screen. 

I don't think there is a more popular guy down here than Scott Frazier. Everybody wants him to get it back together. 

Frazier also finished second (to Billy McKinney) in the HR Derby at Instructs last fall. He has outstanding HR power. He was a two-way player (RHP-OF) in high school, and he would sometimes DH on days he wasn't pitching at Pepperdine. 

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