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
crunch 1 min 28 sec ago (view)
cards 15 wins a row...franchise record
Hagsag 11 hours 31 min ago (view)
The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.
Eric S 18 hours 21 min ago (view)
Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2
Cubster 19 hours 22 min ago (view)
With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins.
crunch 20 hours 51 min ago (view)
the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 54 min ago (view)
I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!
crunch 21 hours 14 min ago (view)
wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.
also davies still sucks.
tim815 21 hours 49 min ago (view)
McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.
bradsbeard 23 hours 39 min ago (view)
On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.
Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate.
First.Pitch.120 1 day 57 min ago (view)
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?
First.Pitch.120 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster).
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault).
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing