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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  • crunch 2 hours 21 min ago (view)

    cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.


  • crunch 6 hours 36 min ago (view)

    after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.

    i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months.  yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.


  • Cubster 18 hours 18 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.


  • Cubster 18 hours 27 min ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


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  • Cubster 3 days 12 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...