King Kwon Helps Cubs Best Rockies in 10 at Sloan Park

Kwang-Min Kwon drilled an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to plate Tyler Pearson with the winning run, lifting the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Saturday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.

Kwon collected a total of three RBI in the game on the strength of two hits and a sacrfice fly, Vimael Machin doubled twice and walked, and both D. J. Wilson and Luis Ayala stole three bases and scored a run to aid the Cub cause.

Bobby Stahel belted two RBI doubles and scored two runs for the Rockies.

John Arguello (Cubs Den) has game notes and a photo gallery slide-show from the game. 


And here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

1a. Shane Victorino, LF: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, 6-3)
1b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (K, K) 
2a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-2 (HBP, BB, 1-3, P-6, R, 3 SB)
2b. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-1 (5-3) 
3a. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-2 (BB, 6-3, 1B, R, CS)
3b. Yohan Matos, RF: 1-2 (2B, 6-3, R)
4a. Guatavo Polanco, 1B-DH: 0-3 (1-3, BB, F-8, K, R)
4b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 0-0 (HBP, R)
5a. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (1B+E4, K, 4-3, R, 2 RBI)
5b. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-2 (1B, E-3)
6. Vimael Machin, 3B: 2-4 (E-5, 2B, 6-3, 2B, BB) 
7. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH-LF: 2-4 (1B, F-7 SF, F-7, K, 1B, 3 RBI)
8a. Miguel Amaya, C-DH: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, K)
8b. Tyler Payne, PH-1B: 0-1 (F-9)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-4 (4-1, 3-1, K, E-4)
10. Luis Ayala, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, E-1, 3-U, 1-3 SH, R, 3 SB) 

1. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. Mark Malave: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes) 
3. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 43 pitches (29 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes) 
5. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
6. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes) 

1. 3B Vimael Machin: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Gioskar Amaya: E-2 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. 1B Tyler Payne: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Gioskar Amaya: 1-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 
2. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 


Phil, do you know if Victorino has an opt out date approaching? Thanks.

In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

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  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 7 min ago (view)

    You can pretty much figure out from my AZIL game reports who the Cubs will likely target if they trade Kyle Hendricks to the Angels during the off-season (which I believe is a distinct possibility).  


  • crunch 10 hours 27 min ago (view)

    "On Wednesday, and again on Friday, manager Joe Maddon said the Angels needed to land two front-line starters or risk perpetual mediocrity. On Saturday, Mike Trout said the Angels had “a lot of money to spend” and the offseason was “going to be big.”"

    $180.3m payroll and the star player + manager softly demanding more talent.

    wait.  you can do that?

    hey d.ross and...umm...hold you have to have a star player to make this kind of demand?  sigh.


  • tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Exactly. Teams realized that under-playing the rest of the season, and assessing what's currently on-hand, works. At least, better than pickung three or four spots lower on the draft board with less spending space.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    It required a good amount of luck, and the other hard part is like a third of the league are tanking now too. Last time it was basically us and Houston.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    this team is very hard to watch.  i can't take this for 1-2 more years.  i hope the 2022 plan is at least hybrid-competitive (team built to compete, but trade-ready if failing mid-season).

    rebuilding on total destruction for a slew of 1st round picks for years is/was lame even if those 1st round picks was pretty much all that worked for the cubs in the theo-era drafts.


  • K Dub 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for the update on Devers. Are you able to give us some more context (velocity, pitch mix, etc)? Also, was Drew Gray included in the group you compared Devers to when you said Devers was "by far" the ACL Cubs best pitching prospect? I ask because I know Gray only pitched 4 innings this season. 



  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    cards 15 wins a row...franchise record


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.


  • Eric S 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 3 days 5 hours 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 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 7 hours 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 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 3 days 8 hours 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 3 days 9 hours 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 3 days 11 hours ago (view)