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)
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
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 57 min ago (view)
Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 20 min ago (view)
The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze.
Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day.
crunch 14 hours 12 min ago (view)
we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.
backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners. i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core. NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...
Sonicwind75 14 hours 24 min ago (view)
Stroman, a pleasant surprise. Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 51 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA.
On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two."
crunch 15 hours 17 min ago (view)
until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.
OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix. fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group... even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.
George Altman 15 hours 36 min ago (view)
Ok, if Cubs are going there....I want Correa and Bryant. Unless this is just about selling tickets.
crunch 15 hours 41 min ago (view)
crunch 16 hours 39 min ago (view)
stroman / hendricks / miley / alzolay - mills - thompson - steele
okay...now do bats.
Wrigley Rat 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
You beat me to it! :)
azbobbop 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
Marcus Stroman to the...wait for it...the CUBS! What a nice surprise!
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 min ago (view)
With Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo having been non-tendered, the only 2021 Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Players remaining on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster are Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, and Nelson Velazquez. Draft-Excluded players cannot be outrighted to the minors until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, so Effross, Rivas, Roberts, and Velazquez are the only players on the 40 with off-season roster-removal restrictions.
Sonicwind75 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Sad but true. According to my back of the napkin numbers the Cubs have aroumd $100MM in payroll space to match last seasons but they're shopping in the non-tendereds ailse. At the same time they talk of being "competitive". The cognitive dissonance is overwhelming.
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
I suspect Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo will re-sign with the Cubs on minor league deals with NRIs to 2022 MLB Spring Training, possibly as early as tomorrow.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
MIN claimed t.megill from CHC and then non-tendered him.
CHC non-tender jason adam and mike hermosillo
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
matt boyd non-tendered by DET...that sounds about the right part of the scrap pile the cubs are digging around