Cubs Wallop Four Homers & Sweep Angels in Mesa
Isaac Paredes hammered a solo home run, Kevonte Mitchell blasted a two-run HR, and Robert Garcia (two-run single), Yeiler Peguero (RBI double), and Marcus Mastrobuoni (RBI double) contributed run-scoring hits, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Angels at Sloan Park, and Jose Paniagua slugged a two-run HR, Tyler Pearson smacked a solo HR, and Jesus Castillo and three relievers combined to hurl a three-hit shutout, helping the Cubs blank the Angels 3-0 on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.
Jabari Henry belted a solo HR in a losing cause for the Angels at Sloan Park.
The game at the Riverview Baseball Complex was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair, and the game at Sloan Park was called after seven innings of play.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Duane Underwood and 1B-OF Kelly Dugan have been moved-up to AA Tennessee.
Underwood was left behind at Extended Spring Training while rehabbing from what was described as a "elbow stiffness" that kept him from throwing in Spring Training games.
Duane Underwood's combined Cactus League EXST line (two GS):
10.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 8/11 GO/AO, 140 pitches (67% strikes)
Dugan hit 385/640/538 in seven Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (25 PA), and set a Cactus League EXST record when he drew five walks in five Plate Appearances in a game versus the Giants in Scottsdale last Monday. Dugan drew ten walks in just 25 PA.
Kelly Dugan is the son of actor (Hill Street Blues) and film director (Happy Gilmore) Dennis Dugan. I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis at a Minor League Spring Training game last month, and he's a real nice guy, and a big-time baseball fan.
John Arguello (Cubs Den) has game notes and a slide-show from the game at Sloan Park
And here are the abridged box scores from both games (Cubs players only):
SLOAN PARK (CUBS SPRING TRAINING STADIUM)
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, HBP, K, R, 2 RBI, SB)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-2 (L-4, BB, 2B, R, RBI)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-2 (6-3, HBP, HR, R, 2 RBI)
4. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, K, 1B)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (HR, 5-3 DP, 5-4-3 DP, R, RBI)
6. Alberto Mineo, 1B-C: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-9, R)
7. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, 4-3)
8. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C-1B: 1-3 (F-9, 2B, E-6, RBI)
9. Edgar Rondon, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, K, R)
10. Jose Gonzalez, DH #2: 1-3 (2B, K, K, R)
11. Jhonny Pereda, DH #3: 0-2 (3-1, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Jared Cheek: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Yeiler Peguero: E-4 (throwing error while attempting to complete 5-4-3 DP allowed runner to score from 3rd)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS
RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Shane Victorino, LF: 0-3 (3-1, F-8, E-4, CS)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-2 (HBP, 3-1, K, R)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH #1: 1-3 (HR, F-8, 6-3, R, 2 RBI)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
5. Yohan Matos, RF: 0-2 (F-7, 4-3)
6. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
7. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (BB, P-3)
8. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B)
9. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-2 (F-9, K)
10. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 1-2 (P-5, HR, R, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jesus Castillo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Daniel Lewis: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
10 at SLOAN PARK
9 at RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's
erich081 3 hours 54 min ago (view)
Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.
Eric S 4 hours 10 min ago (view)
Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season
Arizona Phil 5 hours 35 min ago (view)
RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.
Charlie 5 hours 55 min ago (view)
Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?
crunch 6 hours 54 min ago (view)
i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.
Charlie 7 hours 22 min ago (view)
Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.
crunch 8 hours 8 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills
ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow. also, i could do with less almora.
QuietMan 14 hours 24 min ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,
George Altman 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.
Mike Wellman 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 9 min ago (view)
Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!
i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.
Charlie 17 hours 41 min ago (view)
Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.
He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.
That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.
Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?