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) 
2.61 ERA 
1.06 WHIP 
.270 OppBA

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 

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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 

ATTENDANCE
10 at SLOAN PARK 
9 at RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 

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So where does Warren G rank in the list of terrible "Take me out to the ballgame" renditions? It's gotta be near the top.

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  • crunch 8 hours 12 min ago (view)

    There's a lot I hate about this playoff format and I hope we get back to 3-in with 2 teams playing a brutal 1-game playoff format.

    i don't want to watch 162...or 150...games to see 16 out of 30 teams get a shot at winning it all.

    we just watched the cubs drop 3 out of 4 to a team that was 15-38.  dropping a playoff series to a team that had the 5th best record and survived a 1-game sudden death playoff has a bit more legitamacy than a team that didn't even have a .500 record (MIL + HOU this year, btw).

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Yay for playoff games taking place in the middle of a workday? I'll be watching this one well after the fact. Enjoy, to all those watching it live on Wednesday afternoon!

     

  • champsummers 11 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Gracias!

    And I did not know he was eligible already.  Makes sense..

     

  • crunch 18 hours 26 min ago (view)

    ex-cub and fun baseball dude Jay Johnstone has died.  74 years old (dementia, COVID).

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.