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 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns.  they're really useful.

    strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing.  he didn't even look happy with himself out there.  


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game: 

    Alec Mills: 
    FB: 90-92 
    CH: 82-83 
    SL: 80-81 
    CV: 68 
    NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot... 


  • crunch 6 hours 34 min ago (view)

    hell of a 1st game.  even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one.  i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title.  spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games.  it was a fun watch, though.

    my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game.  that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 24 min ago (view)

    I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.


  • crunch 8 hours 32 min ago (view)

    "i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace


  • crunch 8 hours 38 min ago (view)

    really not a big fan of the marquee network's score bug graphic location.


  • crunch 10 hours 9 min ago (view)

    d.ross got sent home with flu-like symptoms, andy green managing...


  • crunch 10 hours 18 min ago (view)

    cubs coming out big for their marquee network debut lineup...

    bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / contreras / kipnis / souza (LF) / bote (DH) / almora...mills pitching


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Besides Quintero, Altuve, and Made, a fourth significant IFA signing by the Cubs during the off-season was 16 year old Dominican CF Anderson Suriel. He played for the Dominican 15U World Cup team in 2018.  


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).  


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 11 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: It's still drizzling in Mesa but it's clearing to the southwest (which is where the rain came from) so the Cubs should have at least three hours to get the field ready. The infield is covered, so it's just the outfield that will be wet. 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 34 min ago (view)

    As things stand right now, 109 pitchers and 20 catchers are scheduled to report to Cubs Minor League Camp next week. 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Jordan Patterson will not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training but he will likely get considerable playing time in Cubs MLB Cactus League games as he competes with Corban Joseph for AAA Iowa primary 1B. 


  • crunch 16 hours 51 min ago (view)

    cubs moving the game up was a wise choice unless the rain lingers very long.  everyone else in ARZ is rained out except LA/SF which starts in 4 hours (cubs in 7 hours)...and that LA/SF game still might get rained out because other games in that time slot have been cancelled/postponed (though they posted a lineup for today's game on twitter 10 minutes ago).

    speaking of LA, m.betts makes his debut tomorrow vs CHC.


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 44 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 minor league 6YFA 1B-OF Jordan Patterson (ex-COL) and RHRP Dario Beltre to 2020 minor league contracts.

    Patterson (who has considerable AAA experience and some MLB time as well) was assigned to AAA Iowa and Beltre (who has not pitched above AA in ten minor league seasons) was assigned to AA Tennessee. 


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released 13 minor leaguers: 

    LHP Andres Bonalde 
    RHP Alfredo Colorado 
    RHP Julio Guante
    OF Albert Hinirio 
    RHP M. T. Minacci 
    INF Rafael Narea 
    INF Herson Perez 
    RHP Tyler Peyton 
    RHP Casey Ryan 
    LHP Saul Vazquez 
    RHP Omar Ventura 
    OF Ricardo Verenzuela 
    OF Brandon Vicens