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): 

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)

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) 

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)

Cam Balego: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 


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


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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  • crunch 26 min 4 sec ago (view)

    j.means throws a no-hitter for the O's...first since jim palmer in 1969.

    also, this is the 3rd no-hitter on the year that would have been a perfect game if not for a sole "mistake" (2x hbp (rondon/musgrove) + dropped 3rd strike (means)).


  • Charlie 1 hour 28 min ago (view)

    That is a solid recap--thank you!


  • Eric S 3 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Charlie - Here's a link to a fine - and free - recap of Hendricks outing:


  • Childersb3 9 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Since Jake Arrieta won't be ready to pitch in four or five days, I hope they keep Keegan up there. I'd say he deserves to start one more game for them until Jake comes back.


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 1 min ago (view)

    RHP Kohl Stewart was recalled from AAA Iowa as the "27th man" for Game # 2 of the doubleheader but he did not pitch in the game.

    The 27th man is only available for both games if the doubleheader was scheduled as the resuilt of a postponed game from a previous series, so since the doubleheader resulted from the first game of the current series being postponed, the 27th man was only available for the second game.  


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 35 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP Brandon Workman. He was Designated for Assignment last Thursday. 

    So the Cubs are now on the hook for Workman's $1M salary, but it would be offset by the pro-rated MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB contract with another club, or sign a minor league contract with another club and then have his contract selected to an MLB 40-man roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 38 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed second contract minor league FA LHP Alex Katz (ex-KC) and RHP Austin Krzeminski (ex-LAA) to minor league contracts.  


  • Charlie 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    If you predicted the Cubs take both sides of the doubleheader vs Kershaw and Bauer, I hope you put some money on it.


  • crunch 20 hours 4 min ago (view)


    wow.  baez.

    i wish i didn't have to crash and get up early.  hate missing the rest of this.  wow.


  • crunch 20 hours 23 min ago (view)

    ...and a solo HR to follow it up.  that's neat-o.


  • crunch 20 hours 24 min ago (view)

    hey, look...runner scores on a wild pitch.



  • crunch 20 hours 27 min ago (view)

    hol up...we really bringing maples into a game where a guy starts on 2nd with 0 out?

    alright...we're living dangerously.


  • crunch 20 hours 42 min ago (view)

    kimbrel blew the save, giving up a solo homer, but this isn't a case of "kimbrel sucking"...he looked good.


  • crunch 21 hours 30 min ago (view)

    damn this is a good game.

    bauer keeps coming close to screwing up badly and gets out of it.  cubs have a 1 run lead and it seems like it should be a few more.

    thompson looked great since an "average at best" 1st inning.


  • Jackstraw 22 hours 19 min ago (view)

    "Go get 'em, kid.  We've got three of the best guys on our roster out there behind you, and the other guy on the bump, well, his Cy Young should come with an asterisk."


  • Childersb3 23 hours 5 min ago (view)

    It's the opening night for MiLB, I knew SB was now A+ ball, and of course I get confused the first time I look at the GameDay for SB just now.

    That's going to take the full season to get used too.