A's Rally to Edge Cubs at Riverview
SP Richard Morban hurled four innings off shutout ball and Kevin Richards drilled an RBI double with two outs in the 7th inning to tie the game and lofted a sacrifice fly to drive-in what proved to be the winning run in the top of the 9th, as the Athletics Green squad rallied to edge the Cubs "A" team 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Fernando Kelli singled, stole two bases, scored a run, and drove-in another with a squeeze bunt for the Cubs.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-3 (K, K, BB, K)
2. Fernando Kelli, LF: 1-3 (K, F-9, 4-3 SH, 1B, R, RBI, 2 SB)
3. Danny Zardon, 1B: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, K, 6-3, RBI, CS)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C-DH: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, F-9)
NOTE: Slot was skipped 4th time thru batting order
5. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, F-8, 2B)
6. Alexander Guerra, DH-C: 1-4 (E-6, P-6, 1B, 1-3)
7. Josue Huma, SS: 1-4 (E-4, L-7, 1B, P-4)
8. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 1-3 (BB, P-6, FC, 1B)
9. Carlos Pacheco, DH #2: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)
10. Dalton Hurd, RF: 1-4 (K, 2B, 1-2 FC, F-9, R)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Ruben Reyes: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Elias Herrera: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (27 strikes)
5. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Intermittent drizzle under overcast skies and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 18 min 47 sec ago (view)
So with Josh Burgmann signing for $225K ($93,200 underslot), the Cubs will need only about another $50,000 (or so) in underslot bonuses (combined) from Strumpf, McAvene, and/or Hendrie to come in under the SBP limit (again, that's presuming none of the picks below round #10 get more than $125K).
In fact, if Strumpf signs for exactly $1M ($50,000 underslot), that would probably do the trick.
crunch 41 min 45 sec ago (view)
it's either that or montgomery/chatwood...i'll take AA
Hagsag 1 hour 4 min ago (view)
Phil, thanks. You are the Man!
tim815 1 hour 10 min ago (view)
Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?
I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.
Eric S 1 hour 51 min ago (view)
Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote.
Andy 1 hour 59 min ago (view)
I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.
JustSayin' 2 hours 6 min ago (view)
Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017. He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment. Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing. I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.
crunch 2 hours 55 min ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 3 hours 3 min ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 3 hours 3 min ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 3 hours 5 min ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 16 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 21 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 31 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 4 hours 52 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 5 hours 6 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.