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+ 

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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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    Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

    He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs  immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Good to see Roederer and Velasquez  providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 44 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster. 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 7 min ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 16 min ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 54 min ago (view)

    AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

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    His receiving should improve with experience as well. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year