Cubs Bats Batter and Cubs "D" Smothers A's at Riverview Park

Jose Paniagua (RBI triple off the top of the CF Batter's Eye - near HR), Wladimir Galindo (RBI double off the CF Batter's Eye), Alberto Mineo (RBI double into the right-centerfield alley), and Gustavo Polanco (two-run single through the box and into CF) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a six-run 1st inning, and Galindo (RBI double off the RF fence) and Polanco (another two-run single into CF) tallied three more runs in the bottom of the 3rd, as the Cubs scored early and often and cruised to a 13-6 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Wednesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Galindo also singled and scored in the 5th, going 3-3 in the game with two RBI and three runs scored, while Yeiler Peguero tripled and scored and singled to aid the Cub cause.
The defensive Play of the Game (and of the EXST Cubs season, so far) was turned-in by Cubs CF D. J. Wilson...

It was the top of the 4th, no outs, with the Cubs leading 9-2. The A's loaded the bases on an E-5 and two walks against RHP Javier Assad (2015 IFA - Mexico). and then Eric Marinez ripped a 1-0 pitch into the left-centerfield gap, what looked like a sure bases-clearing triple. But Wilson made a lunging-diving catch on the warning track, got to his feet, and fired a strike to SS Rafael Narea, who relayed the ball to 3rd base to double the runner off (the runner had neglected to tag up because it was a sure triple, right?), and then the runner at 2nd was almost tagged out attempting to advance to 3rd base after the catch (that runner did tag up), for what would have been one of the most amazing (and bizarre) triple plays ever seen. In fact I think if they had had replay available, it would have been ruled a triple play. As it was, it was an 8-6-5 double play as the batter and the runner at 3rd were retired. Wilson then made two more fine running catches in the top of the next inning, before moving to DH for the rest of the game. 

"Defensive Play of the Game" honorable mention goes to Cubs 1B Jose Paniagua, who made a nifty pick of a one-hop throw at 1st base to save an E-5 error (and a run) in the 6th.

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

1. D. J. Wilson, CF-DH: 1-4 (6-3, K, P-6 DP, 1B)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B-DH: 2-4 (3B, 3-1, 1B, F-8, R)   
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF-DH: 1-3 (BB, 1B, 5-3, K, 2 R, SB)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-3 (3B, BB, P-4, K, 2 R, RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 3-3 (2B, 2B, 1B, 3 R, 2 RBI)
6a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, P-6, R)
6b. Tyler Pearson, PH-DH: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R)
7. Alberto Mineo, DH-C: 1-3 (2B, K, BB, K, 2 R, RBI)
8. Gustavo Polanco, DH #2: 2-4 (1B, 1B, FC+E5, 4-3, 4 RBI)
9. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-3 (BB, K, 4-3, K, RBI)
10. Yohan Matos, LF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 6-3, 1B, R)
11. Rafael Mejia, DH-3B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
12. Ruben Reyes, DH-CF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
13. Vimael Machin, DH-2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, RBI)
14. Jose Gonzalez, DH-RF: 0-2 (F-7, K)

1. Erling Moreno: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Javier Assad: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 28 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HBP, 1 WP, 2 BALKS, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO. 32 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Andry Rondon: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (14 strikes) 

1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2-2 CS 

1. CF D. J. Wilson - baserunner doubled off 3rd base 8-6-5 after F-8 
2. RF Kevonte Mitchell - batter thrown out 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double

Yohan Matos - doubled off 1st base after P-6 out


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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  • Cubster 1 hour 10 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 16 hours 56 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 17 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 17 hours 41 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 18 hours 3 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 18 hours 9 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 19 hours 36 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 12 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.