Perez, Albertos, and Lee Silence D'backs Bats at Talking Stick.

Jake Slaughter, Gioskar Amaya, and Luis Verdugo stroked run-scoring singles to highlight a three-run 5th inning and Yunior Perez, Jose Albertos, and Chi-Feng Lee combined to hurl six innings of no-run/no-hit ball (Fauris Guerrero surrendered the first hit with two outs in the bottom of the 7th), as the Cubs "A" team defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

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

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, LF: 2-4 (2B, 1B, K, K, SB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 1B: 1-4 (P-5, 5-3 DP, 1B, 5-3, RBI)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7, RBI)
4a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-2 (BB, K, F-8)
4b. Danny Zardon, C: 0-0 (BB)
5. Henderson Perez, DH #1: 0-4 (L-9, K, K, 4-3 DP) 
6. Fernando Kelli, RF: 1-4 (1B, K, K, 5-3)
7. Ezequiel Pagan, CF: 2-3 (6-4-3 DP, 2B, 1B, SB, PO)
8. Josue Huma, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-U FC, R)
9a. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
9b. Albert Hinirio, PH: 0-0 (HBP) 
10. Jake Slaughter, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
11. Herson Perez, DH-2B: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Yunior Perez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Chi-Feng Lee: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (24 strikes)
5. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Alexander Guerra: 0-1 CS 
2. Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 18 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Best I've seen Jose Albertos throw since 2017. Struck out the side in his first inning and then three weak contact ground-outs in his second inning. He worked fast, threw strikes (72% strikes), and was able to command his 92-95 MPH FB (something he has not been able to do very often over the past couple of seasons) and mix it effectively with his CH and CV. In his last outing a week ago he needed only 18 pitches to get through two innings (six ground outs), but today he was actually dominating. 

nice.  appreciate some good news after watching the last 3 innings of today's game.

This is a great report.

Thanks PHIL! So, Albertos was “yips-free”?

E-MAN: Well, he was in his last two outings. Hope he can keep it up. 

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    j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

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  • JustSayin' 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    The discussions on this matter have been quite varried.  There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.

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  • Hagsag 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

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  • bradsbeard 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

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  • JustSayin' 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.