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
Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 6 days 15 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 17 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 6 days 18 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...