Cubs Overcome One-Hitter to Gain Split with Giants
Mikey Edie (two RBI singles), Beicker Mendoza (RBI double), Zack Bowers (RBI double), and Julio Pena (go-ahead two-run single) contributed run-scoring hits to help the Giants rally and defeat the Cubs 7-5 on Field #1, and Marcus Mastrobuoni belted a solo home run with two outs in the top of the 6th to tie the game (and break-up a no-hitter), and what proved to be the winning run scored in the top of the 7th without the benefit of a hit (lead-off walk, WP, GO, and an E-6), as the Cubs (held to just the one hit) edged the Giants 2-1 on Field #2, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.
Both games were called by mutual consent after 7-1/2 innings of play.
Stephen Bruno (RBI single), Chris Pieters (two-run triple), and Abraham Rodriguez (RBI single) collected run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run third inning for the Cubs in a losing cause on Field #1, and RHSP Melvin Adon hurled four innings of no-run/no-hit ball for the Giants in their loss on Field #2.
RHRP Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS) was shut-down after waming up (unknown if related to the TJS rehab).
Cubs Latin American Field Coordinator Dave Keller and Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator Jim Brower are in town this week, and both were at today's EXST games in Scottsdale. Keller is helping to decide which of the Cubs Latin American players at EXST will stay in Arizona and play in the AZL and which will be sent to the DSL (the DSL begins play in three weeks), and Brower is evaluating the Cubs pitchers at EXST to determine which ones are candidates to be moved up to a full-season affiliate, which ones will be assigned to Eugene, which ones will remain in Arizona and play in the AZL, and which will be sent to the DSL.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Jeremy Null has been moved-up to Myrtle Beach. Null was left behind at Extended Spring Training because he was slowed a bit with arm fatigue during Minor League Camp and could not get stretched-out in time for the start of the Carolina League regular season, but he got his pitch count up to 75 in an EXST intrasquad game in Mesa last week and so he is ready to roll.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only), followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-2 (HBP, 3-1, 3-U, CS)
2. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 1-3, E-6)
3. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-2 (BB, L-5, 4-3)
4. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, F-9)
5. Marcus Mastrobuoni, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, HR, K, R, RBI)
6. Jonathan Sierra, DH #1: 0-3 (6-3, K, P-6)
7. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
8. Michael Foster, LF-DH: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
9. Ruben Reyes, DH-LF: 0-2 (K, L-7)
10. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
11. Roberto Caro, DH #3: 0-2 (K, P-6)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 3/3 GO/AO, 43 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Aaron Crow: INJURY WHILE WARMING UP - DID NOT PITCH TO A BATTER
3. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Jared Cheek: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. P Pedro Araujo: E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Isaac Paredes: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 0-3 CS
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (F-9, HBP, 1B, BB, R)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3 DP, K, R)
3. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-4 (E-4, 1B, 5-3, F-9, R, RBI)
4. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 3B, BB, F-8, R, 2 RBI, SB)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, BB, RBI, PO)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, F-8, 1B)
7. Tyler Payne, C: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC)
8. Luis Ayala, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 6-4 FC, F-8, R, 2 SB)
9. Ricardo Marcano, DH #1: 0-3 (F-7, 4-3, 4-3)
10. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 1-3 (P-5, E-5, 1B, CS)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 5 pitches (4 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Jhonny Bethencourt: E-5 (fielding errror allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Chris Pieters: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Payne: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
CUBS SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Abraham Rodriguez - batter thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double
CUBS SQUAD "B" BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Chris Pieters - thrown out 8-2 attempting to score (standing up) from 3rd base on a single to CF
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER:
21 LIMITED ACTIVITY & PITCHERS REHAB GROUP
* Jeffry Antigua (REHAB GROUP - ???)
Frank Batista (REHAB GROUP - April 2016 knee surgery)
Dallas Beeler (REHAB GROUP - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker (REHAB GROUP - ???)
Aaron Brooks (REHAB GROUP - hip contusion)
Jesus Camargo (REHAB GROUP - ???)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz (REHAB GROUP - ???)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
Stephen Fife (ACTIVE REHAB)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (REHAB GROUP - ???)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton
* Jack Leathersich (REHAB GROUP - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (REHAB GROUP - ???)
M. T. Minacci
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
* Manny Parra (REHAB GROUP - April 2016 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* Manny Rondon
Zac Rosscup (REHAB GROUP - left shoulder inflammation)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Aramis Ademan (LIMTED ACTIVITY - ???)
Stephen Bruno (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
* Christopher Morel (LIMITED ACTIVITY - arm lacertaion)
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Ho-Young Son (LIMTED ACTIVITY - ???)
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY - fractured fibula)
* Luis Ayala
# Roberto Caro
# Robert Garcia
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
* D. J. Wilson
Jesus Feliciano (Assistant Manager)
Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach)
Jeremy Farrell (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach - Infield Instructor)
Lance Rymel (Rehab Assistant Coach - Catching Instructor)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach - Outfield Instructor)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR
Hagsag 12 hours 11 min ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 5 days 22 min ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 2 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 5 days 3 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 17 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 2 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 4 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 3 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...