Lucky Number Seven for Cubs and Giants

Chris Carrier (three-run shot) and Abraham Rodriguez (solo blast) hammered back-to-back HR to key a four-run 1st inning and Josue Huma, Orian Nunez, and Herson Perez drilled RBI singles to highlight a three-run 8th for the Cubs, and Raiber Gutierrez ripped a double and an RBI single, stole a base, and scored a run, Will Albertson smacked an RBI double and an RBI single and scored a run, and Dalton Combs laced a double and an RBI single and scored a run for the Giants black squad, as the two teams played to a 7-7 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was called after 8-1/2 innings of play.

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

1. Nelson Velazquez, RF-DH: 1-3 (1B, BB, F-8, K, R, SB)
2. Luis Ayala, CF-DH: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, R, CS)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
3. Chris Carrier, LF-DH: 1-3 (HR, K, F-9, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, 1B-LF: 1-3 (HR, K, F-7, R, RBI)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order  
5. Gustavo Polanco, DH-C: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
6. Josue Huma, SS: 3-4 (2B, 3-U, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
7. Richard Nunez, C-1B: 0-4 (K, F-7, 4-1, P-3)
8. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-3 (BB, F-8, F-7, 1B, RBI)
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 1-4 (6-4-3 DP, K, F-7, 1B, RBI)
10. Ruben Reyes, DH-RF: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, BB, 4-6 FC)
11. Tolly Filotei, DH-CF: 0-3 (K, K, 1-3)

1. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Sean Barry: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 18 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jake Steffens: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 20 pitches (17 strikes)

1. P Jeremiah Estrada: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. P Sean Barry: E-1 (errant throw on attempted 1-6 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
3. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (errant return throw to 1st base after 3-6 FC allowed runner to score from 3rd) 

1. Richard Nunez: 0-1 CS
2. Gustavo Polanco: 0-1 CS


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


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"


ichiro is "transitioning to the front office" as a special assistant and will not play again this season.

he's leaving a return to the field open for next year, but it's highly unlikely (speculation) that a 45 year old ichiro will be in any better shape to play next year. it is worth mentioning that the M's open up 2019 in japan, so he may have a 1-game-then-reitre 2019.

he's had a very poor 2018 and it's probably for the best of the team.

crazy good MLB career for a guy that didn't start until age 27.

"Cubs manager Joe Maddon insisted the team has no plans to demote Ian Happ's despite his slow start."

speaking of...where the hell is chris coghlan...

I tweeted him and he said he was in Mesa.

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  • crunch 3 hours 19 min ago (view)

    cole hamels continues to suck.

    3.1, 4.1, 3.1 innings his last 3 starts.  he hasn't been the same since coming back after his july injury rest.


  • crunch 4 hours 16 min ago (view)

    so far so good...

    go schwarb

    it's kinda frightening that schwarb in LF is a better option than schwarb playing 1st with rizzo out.  i wonder how bad it really is...


  • crunch 7 hours 3 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini (1st) / heyward / hoe / ham


  • crunch 7 hours 6 min ago (view)

    rizzo to wear a boot for 5-7 days then they'll see where it goes from there.


  • Charlie 7 hours 59 min ago (view)

    It makes sense, for sure. I'm more concerned about the Brewers than the Nats, though. The optimal outcome would be Cubs sweep, Nats sweep, Brewers get swept. Can't pass the Nats that way, but can take the division lead and put the Brewers further back.

    Odds on that (using Fangraphs #s):

    Cubs sweep: 24.6%

    Cubs sweep and Cards get swept: 4.9%

    Cubs sweep, Cards get swept, Brewers get swept: 0.29%

    I can dream.


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    I just want whatever will maximize the odds of the playoffs. The Cubs have the opportunity to take care of the Cards themselves. Ideally there is still a wild card slot for them if they can’t. 


  • Charlie 10 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Absolutely agree. Winning the division is both much better for playoff progression chances *and* far more satisfying than coming in second to the Cards. I root for whatever gets them closest to that at this point.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Gotta root against StL. I don’t want a wild card appearance. I don’t like our chances at home vs Scherzer, Strasburg, or Corbin a whole lot more than I do in Washington.


  • bradsbeard 11 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I’d almost feel better if the Cards took 2 of 3 from the Nats. If the Cubs sweep, they'd be just 1 game back of the Cards and a half game up on the Nats.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Even worse for StL. 7 vs Cubs, 3 vs Nationals

    The fate of Cubs and Cardinals season is going to come down to 7 games against one another. Cubs gotta win 5 if they want to win division I think. Good thing 4 of 7 are at Wrigley.


  • crunch 15 hours 8 min ago (view)

    13 games left for CHC...7 vs STL

    13 games left for MIL...all vs teams under .500 (SD, PIT, CIN, COL)

    buckle's gonna be a "fun" couple of weeks.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    The way MIL is playing makes me... uneasy. Too bad we didn’t bury them. Especially because they won’t play anyone with a winning record from here on out.

    That said, much as I LOATHE the team and fans at Wrigley North, I’d still rather see them take the division than the shitbirds.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    bote really needs to overcome his weird habbit of trying to duck under high/inside pitches rather than leaning out of them.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    47 cubs runs in this 3 game series...14 HRs.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    STL up by 1...MIL with 2 outs, bases loaded, top 9th.

    r.braun grand slam.  MIL leads by 3.

    barring some crazy comebacks, STL's lead should shrink to 2 games.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    sprained right ankle for rizzo...xray showed no break...MRI tomorrow