Cubs & Angels Tie One Up at Diablo Stadium

With the Cubs "A" team trailing 3-0 going into the top of the 6th inning, Fernando Kelli lined a lead-off triple into the LF corner and then scored on an RBI GO, Orian Nunez clubbed a solo HR, and Yonathan Perlaza singled, advanced to 2nd base on a FO to the warning track in CF, moved-up to 3rd on a balk, and scored on an Ezequiel Pagan infield single, as the Cubs rallied to score three runs to tie the Angels 3-3, and that's how it ended, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ. 

The game was called after nine innings of play. 

LHSP Jerryell Rivera hurled four innings of no-run/no-hit ball with seven strikeouts and Angels top prospect OF Jo Adell (right ankle sprain and left hamstring strain suffered while running the bases at Sloan Park in a Cactus League MLB Spring Training game versus the Cubs in March) stroked a single and a double for the Halos, although a "Designated Pinch-Runner" was employed for Adell both times he reached base.  

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

1. Fernando Kelli, LF: 1-3 (BB, F-9, 3B, P-1, R, SB)
2. Edmond Americaan, CF: 1-4 (K, 6-3, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
3a. Orian Nunez, DH #1: 1-3 (F-8, E-5, HR, R, RBI)
3b. Danny Zardon, PH: 0-1 (P-4)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (K, BB, 1B, F-8, R)
5a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-3 (6-3, K, F-8)
5b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (K) 
6a. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 3-1, 1B, RBI, CS) 
6b. Albert Hinirio, PH: 0-1 (L-8)
7. Josue Huma, SS: 1-4 (6-3, P-4, L-4, 1B)
8. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-3 (K, BB, F-7, K, SB)
9. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, PO)
10. Jake Slaughter, 1B:  1-3 (K, 1-3, 1B)

1. Richard Gallardo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 4/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 25 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Elias Herrera: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Raidel Orta: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes) 

C Alexander Guerra: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

Alexander Guerra: 2-3 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)

RF Dalton Hurd - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF


WEATHER: Mostly sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 


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


Phil, can you give us an updated scouting report on Gallardo?

HAGSAG: For a 17-year old he's very polished and poised. If I didn't know better I would think he was a D-1 college draft pick. High floor type pitcher. 91-93 MPH FB, solid CV, CH looks promising. Throws strikes. Stuff isn't electric. Doesn't get a lot of swings & misses. He's probably not quite as much of a prospect as you would think he would be given his $1M signing bonus. I would call him (at best) a younger version of Paul Richan, or Javier Assad might be even a better comp. He's a good prospect but he's not elite. Because he is so polished at such a young age I would say he is one of the Cubs Top 10 pitching prospects, but he's not one of the Top 5. 

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  • Eric S 1 hour 28 min ago (view)

    Another lefty Padre starter and JHey gets a breather.  Robel in LF (batting 5th) Almora CF (leadoff) and Bryant in RF


  • Charlie 2 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Mike Leake? Check that guy's locker for a genie lamp.


  • bradsbeard 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, your writeup here suggests a player on the restricted list in Zobrist’s situation cannot be reinstated between August 1 and October 31. Does Zobrist actually have to be reinstated this month to play at all the rest of the season?


  • crunch 12 hours 12 min ago (view)

    base hit to lead off top 9th...aww.

    killer performance and there should be enough in the tank to easily get the CG (only 79 pitches).


  • crunch 12 hours 39 min ago (view)

    m.leake (SEA) perfect through 7ip, 67 pitches


  • crunch 13 hours 12 min ago (view)

    STL down by they score 10 in the 6th...and barely manage to win a 12-11 game.


  • Craig A. 16 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Of course, the Cubs knew he was delicate when they signed him, but Maddon pushed him anyway. How much value is there to an elite player who can’t be used very much?


  • Eric S 18 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Bote’s numbers trending down unfortunately - not far from Russell‘s


  • bradsbeard 18 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Bryant’s always been pretty good in LF. It’s RF where he looks most awkward to me. Something about staying on the left side of the field maybe. I think you’ll see Bryant and Schwarber platooned in LF going forward, though that might depend on Bote’s ability to start hitting LHP again. 


  • Eric S 19 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Cubs win and this Kimbrel pickup paying dividends


  • crunch 19 hours 15 min ago (view)


    he's a low level jerk, but i find it hard to hate the guy when he doesn't try ducking an interview to explain wtf his problem is.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Too many of our relief arms have excelled at blowing late leads. Strop and Edwards have been the primary ones.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 21 min ago (view)

    He’s sipping drinks on a beach?

    Could he be Mai Tai Guy???


  • crunch 19 hours 29 min ago (view)

    SD defense is the player of the game.


  • Eric S 19 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Should the Cubs go on to win this game ... wow.  Some crazy-stupid self inflicted damage that they’ve somehow skirted. 


  • Eric S 19 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Strop has become very adroit at blowing leads giving up the long ball (same thing last Friday coming off the all star break?)