Keprielian Throws Three Shutout Innings at Cubs at Riverview

Devin Foyle (RBI double), Matt Cross (RBI single), and Max Schuemann (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 3rd inning and SP James Kaprielian hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics Gold squad to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs "A" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest. 

Kaprielian was the New York Yankees 1st round draft pick (#16 overall) in 2015 out of UCLA and was traded to the Oakland A's in July 2017 as part of the package for Sonny Gray. This was Kaprielian's first game action since 2016 (he underwent TJS in April 2017 and shoulder surgery in July 2018). His FB velo is way down from where it was three years ago (was 94-97 in 2015-16) and he didn't miss many bats today, but he had good command of his CV and generally threw strikes (3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 3/4 GO/AO).   

Abraham Rodriguez (reinstated from the Restricted List last week) clubbed a three-run HR onto the south bank of the Loop 202 Freeway and singled for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

RHP Erich Uelmen (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL) made his second Cactus League EXST rehab start for the Cubs and worked one out into the third inning (37 pitches), allowing a run on three hits (all three singles) and a walk. 

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

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, RF: 0-2 (F-9, HBP, BB, 5-3)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (1B, P-3, K, HBP)
3. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-4 (4-3 DP, K, K, F-8)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, P-3, 1B, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
6a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP, BB) 
6b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (F-8 SF, F-9, RBI)
7. Luis Diaz, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, E-6, R)
8. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, HR, R, 3 RBI)
9. Edmond Americaan, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 5-3, SB)
10. Carlos Pacheco, DH #3: 0-3 (F-8, K, 1-3)
11. Albert Hinirio, LF: 0-3 (1-4 FC, K, 4-3)

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Erich Uelmen: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Kohl Franklin: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 
3. Alexander Vargas: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 47 pitches (30 strikes) 
4. Jorge Remon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R,  0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 4 
1. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (errant back-pick throw to 1st base after RBI single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
3. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (overthrow to 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score) 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
Henderson Perez: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above) 

CUBS "A" TEAM OUTFIELD ASSIST
CF Edmond Americaan - batter thrown out 8-6 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 80's 

Arizona 
Scoring 
Service 

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

Comments

Despite what you might read at baseball info sites on-line (Baseball Reference, milb.com, etc), OF Albert Hinirio is not a switch hitter (he bats LH-only) and Herson Perez stopped switch-hitting a year ago (he bats RH-only).  

Rodriguez is the guy that plays defense like Maecel Ozuna throws, right?

Eugene/Mesa DH type.

TIM: Plays 1B-LF-RF. Makes extremely hard contact (like C. Morel and Perlaza) with high launch angle. Best MLB comp (type) is David Peralta. 

Why has he been on the restricted list for the last year or so?

HAGSAG: He was assigned to the DSL at the end of Extended Spring Training last year and apparently failed to report. 

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  • Eric S 1 hour 23 min ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 

     

  • crunch 1 hour 46 min ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.

     

  • tim815 2 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 31 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 34 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 36 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer

     

  • crunch 4 hours 19 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 10 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.

     

  • VirginiaPhil 7 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Control problems?

     

  • crunch 7 hours 39 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again

     

  • crunch 14 hours 1 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.

     

  • Hagsag 14 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.

     

  • QuietMan 23 hours 32 min ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1131372145458782209

     

  • crunch 23 hours 52 min ago (view)

    ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

    way to break a tie.

     

  • crunch 1 day 37 min ago (view)

    rizzoh!!