Giants Orange Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Cubs Expense

Cody Brickhouse and John Polonius drilled back-to-back RBI doubles to spark a four-run 4th inning and Robinson Medrano belted a solo HR in the 6th, leading the Giants orange squad to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs in Cinco de Mayo Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #2 (AKA "Jim Davenpost Field") at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Luis Ayala tripled, singled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Fernando Kelli drove-in Ayala with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 1st, laced a two-run inside-the-park HR into the right-centerfield gap in the 3rd (he did a face-burger pratfall rounding 3rd base but still scored standing-up anyway), and singled and stole a base in the 6th, to provide what there was of Cub offense. 

In EXST Cubs medical news, RHRP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL with a right elbow sprain) underwent TJS earlier this week and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season while rehabbing at the Cubs UAPC in Mesa. Hockin is the second Cubs pitcher to undergo TJS in the last month (AZL Cubs LHRP Pablo Ochoa was the other one). 

Hockin was the Cubs 6th round draft pick (Cal State - Fullerton) in 2016, and he is the brother of Cleveland Indians minor league RHP Grant Hockin. And the Hockin brothers are the grandsons of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.  

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, DH #1: 2-4 (3B, 1B, 6-3, 4-3, 2 R, SB)
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-3 (L-8 SF, HR, 1B, F-9, R, 3 RBI, SB)
3. Jonathan Sierra, DH #2: 0-4 (K, K, F-7, K)
4a. Cam Balego, C: 0-2 (HBP, 6-3, F-7)
4b. Henrry Pedra, 3B: 0-0 (HBP)
5a. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (L-8, 1B)
6a. Delvin Zinn, 3B: 0-2 (L-6, K)
6b. Luis Ubiera, RF:  0-2 (4-3, 6-3)
7. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 0-3 (5-3, E-5, P-6)
8. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-3 (L-5, F-7, P-5)
9. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-3 (P-6, K, F-9)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Didier Vargas: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Carlos Ocampo: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Luis Silva: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 5/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Raidel Orta: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 3 
1. 1B Luis Hidalgo: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. SS Fabian Pertuz: E-6 (errant throw on 6-4 FC attempt allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely and advance to 3rd)
3. LF Kevin Moreno: E-7 (fielding error on ground single to LF allowed batter to advance to 2nd)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Cam Balego: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 7 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

Arizona 
Scoring
Service 

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

Comments

Raidel Orta. New signee with a good outing.

Phil, what kind of potential do you see in Dakota Mekkes?

HAGSAG: Dakota Mekkes reminds me a lot of Rod Beck. The FB velo isn't impressive (especially for a reliever), but he is a big dude with long arms and so his release-point is closer to home plate than is the case with most pitchers. He needs to throw a higher-percentage of strikes, though. He walks way too many guys.

Thanks again, Phil, for these reports. Any word on Orta's velocity and pitch mix?

K-DUUB: Orta struck out the side in his second inning. I saw a FB and a SL but I have no velo readings on the FB. The SL is his "swing & miss" pitch. Orta looks like a guy who may have been an infielder at some point in his career. He's very athletic.

Thank you, sir.

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  • Wrigley Rat 17 min 35 sec ago (view)

    3 dots on this evening's Cubs-Dodgers game - makes sense & they do color in the 3rd dot as they're going to commericals (Spectrum Sportsnet).

     

  • crunch 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    3 dot crew represent.  i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!

    Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.

     

  • George Altman 6 hours 41 min ago (view)

    The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport,  to learn something from the broadcast crew.

    Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't,  and I know about NOTHING about football. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 9 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3.  If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #.  eg - OUTS: 1  It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.

     

  • crunch 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 9 hours 54 min ago (view)

    General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 18 min ago (view)

    brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r.  he can opt out of the 2nd year.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 58 min ago (view)

    the national broadcasts on ESPN suffer badly from a lack of "homework" on the teams they're covering.

    yesterday i heard more riffing between the announcers about each other more than the players.  the only thing that saved them from more of that and dead air was in-progress action and player interviews (too many player interviews, but it's spring so whatever).

     

  • Hagsag 14 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Not impressed with ESPN's broadcast. I like Mendoza's work, but how many kids did we have to see rolling around the grass. Good day to see some young players ,but half the time you had no idea who was batting or pitching.

     

  • crunch 23 hours 25 min ago (view)

    cubs game totally not a delay broadcast for ESPN...thanks for that gem heyward.

    dunno if they'll be printing up any "You better have your shit in line" t-shirts, but it's as least as good as "Try not to suck"

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Jason Adam is another who throws short arm. I don't think he was a position player, but maybe falls into the arm injury category?

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil.  Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster. 

    The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.

    Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.