Cubs Use Long-Ball to Crush D'backs at Riverview

Jose Paniagua hammered a three-run HR, Shane Victorino belted a solo home run, Alex Bautista knocked in three runs with an RBI single, a solo home run, and a sacrifice fly, Wladimir Galindo doubled twice, singled, scored a run, and drove-in another, Yeiler Peguero tripled and scored and drilled an RBI single, and Erling Moreno hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs outslugged the Diamondbacks 12-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Francis Martinez blasted a grand slam home run, Kal Simmons cranked a two run HR, Jazz Chisholm ripped an RBI double and a triple and scored a run, and Jacy Cave doubled twice for the D'backs in a losing cause.  

17-year old RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) struck out the side in a 1-2-3 5th inning for the Cubs, mixing a mid-90's fastball with a plus-curve to blow the D'backs away.  

John Arguello has game notes from Riverview Park at Cubs Den.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Ruben Reyes, CF-DH: 0-3 (6-3, K, 3-6-1 DP, BB, BB, R, SB)
2a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 1-2 (6-3, HR, BB, R, RBI)
2b. Yohan Matos, PH-RF: 0-1 (K, BB) 
3a. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 2-3 (5-3, 3B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3b. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-7, R)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (F-9, BB, 5-3, HR, F-7, 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 3-5 (K, 2B, 2B, 1B, F-9, R, RBI)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF-DH: 0-2 (3-U, 3-U, BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDERF 
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 0-2 (BB, P-6, E-6, BB, R)
8. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-4 (P-5, 3-1, 1-3, 4-3, RBI)
9. Alex Bautista, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, HR, L-8 SF, K, R, 3 RBI)
10a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
10b, Eric Gonzalez, PH-C: 0-2 (P-4, F-7)
11. Jose Gonzalez, DH-CF: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, BB, K, R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Erling Moreno: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 4/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes) 
5. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes) 
6. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (9 strikes) 
7. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS BASERUNNING:
Wladimir Galindo was thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 11 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

K-K-K inning for Albertos, 9/13 strikes. How did he look? All fastballs, or did he get some breaking pitches for the K's? Is Moreno showing any hint of improved velocity? Phil, one other Q: John Arguello has said Hedges is an 88-92 control pitcher. A poster on his board said that Hedges had hit 95 on one pitch last night. Did you see enough of him this spring to have any input on his velocity? Was he built up and stronger this spring compared to last year, and do you think it's realistic to envision him having a solid-velocity fastball? Just curious. I imagine a guy who's pitching 2-seamers for location and movement might be routinely working 88-90, and sometimes up to 92. But might gun up a 95-mph 4-seamer on occasion just for the gun, even if not as a pitch he'd often use to get outs.

CRAIG: Albertos was throwing both his fastball and curve for strikes today, displaying the best command I've seen from him so far. The Cubs have limited his outings at EXST, so he hasn't been stretched-out beyond one inning on a semi-regular basis.  

No uptick in Moreno's fastball velocity today (it's still 88-90 with an occasional 91-92), but his command was decent, and he did a nice job of mixing his pitches, working both sides of the plate, and changing eye levels... in other words, all the things he needs to do to be successful, but that he usually doesn't do (enough). No question Moreno's curve is his best pitch, very much like Bryan Hudson in that respect. Hopefully Moreno can build on this outing. 

As far as Trey Hedges is concerned, I did not see him throw any mid-90's heaters at Minor League Camp in March, and I did not note any significant physical changes, either. That said, a pitcher can sometimes change something in his delivery, release point, or grip that is manifested by increased fastball velocity (usually offset by reduced command). It's possible that Hedges can throw 95, but he doesn't throw that hard in games because he knows he can't command his fastball when he throws it that hard. 

Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample. What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos? Thanks for note on Hedges. Totally agree, fans often get excited about "touched 95", but pretty common that anybody can throw an occasional fast one if they throw a 4-seamer as hard as they can without control, and that often a guy's actual working velocity on the 2-seamer can be 5 mph slower. But your point that for pitchers, a modest change in grip or delivery or slot can sometimes have significant impact on command, movement, deception, and/or velocity. That's one of the reasons, I think, why it's much more realistic to envision a pitcher who's been ineffective or wild changing significantly and become much better. Whereas a hitter, it's way less likely for a hitter to change and improve dramatically.

CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

Phil, With Mutton on the DL now, does Victorino finally get to Iowa?

Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat Shane Victorino added to Iowa #Cubs roster today

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  • crunch 11 min 56 sec ago (view)

    off-day tomorrow.  ATL gets to come into town next to strike out 20 cubs and give up 2-4 hits.

    we're trying to get at least 2 guys hitting .250 or move over here in cubs nation.  i'm pretty sure this is still chili davis's fault.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 13 min ago (view)

    Arizona vintage Shelby today

     

  • crunch 1 hour 15 min ago (view)

    shelby miller is dildos.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Shelby Miller's minor league contract opt out was probably 4/15. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 3 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Good and/or depressing article about Javy over on Fangraphs.
    https://blogs.fangraphs.com/its-probably-time-to-b...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Shelby Miller selected, Alzolay optioned. Adam returns, Wieck optioned. Romine returns, Wolters DFA

     

  • crunch 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    CONTRERYES!

    wow, a cubs moment to root for.  that's been a while.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 54 min ago (view)

    pedro strop returns!

    slider looks great, but (as designed) he rarely throws it in the zone...fishing for swings/misses and bad contact.  he's got great command of it nibbling low and both sides of the plate.

    fastball coming in 92-94mph without much movement.  you could tell in the arias AB how much he didn't want to throw him a fastball (continuing to throw the slider on a 3-1 for a foul, and walking him with a slider on the next pitch).

    1ip 1h 1bb 1k, 0 r/er

     

  • crunch 21 hours 14 min ago (view)

    ...and matt duffy placed on the covid list (no positive, possible contact)

    i.vargas up

     

  • crunch 21 hours 26 min ago (view)

    hendricks scratched because he's "not feeling well."

    a.mills steps in.

     

  • Charlie 22 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Back door firing all the players through COVID protocols? Better clear some shelf space for that manager of the year trophy.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Patrick Mooney @PJ_Mooney
    Cubs manager David Ross says none of the team’s players on the COVID-19-related injured list have tested positive: “We’re going to err on the side of caution.”

     

  • crunch 22 hours 20 min ago (view)

    -deleted, wrong thread-

     

  • crunch 23 hours 48 min ago (view)

    they could motivate the team with a full sized cutout of a nude tom ricketts they reveal a little bit at a time when they win.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Maybe if we threaten to move the team to Miami if they lose enough games it will be the motivation that they need to pull togethert for an improbable run to the playoffs. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    antifa, probably.

    *shakes fist*