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): 

CUBS LINEUP:
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)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
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)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER 
12. Ruben Reyes, DH-CF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
13. Vimael Machin, DH-2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
14. Jose Gonzalez, DH-RF: 0-2 (F-7, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS PITCHERS
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) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
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) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2-2 CS 

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
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

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

ATTENDANCE: 21

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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  • Charlie 3 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Honestly, Urias guessed wrong on that one. But he stilled managed to make contact despite being way out in front, so that breaker must have rolled.

     

  • Charlie 3 hours 34 min ago (view)

    KB having a perfectly adequate KB stretch and it's a highlight. Sigh.

    Chafin may be reconsidering that jalopie after being the man on the mound when the wheels fell off in this one.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 32 min ago (view)

    i know we're only 10 games in and you can't get good numbers on that, but this is a full-team hitting slump aside from marisnick and his 12 PA.

    no one on this team is this bad, but all of them doing it at once is crazy.  bad ABs, tons of swings and misses, crap contact...

    upon reflection (and another hit in the 9th) i need to give props to k.bryant...he's a 1-man show right now for the regulars.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I can pause it for pinch hitting - otherwise I'm locked in as there's nothing else to see here

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Me too, Eric Sogard

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Well, Chafin ... not your night I guess ... looks like its time to catch up on the latest installment of Falcon and the Winter Soldier

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 34 min ago (view)

    It's kinda starting to feel like this team sucks? But yes this game definitely sucks.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 37 min ago (view)

    justin steele warming...seems like his debut is on tap.

    also, this game sucks.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Luis Urias is not impressed ūüė©

     

  • crunch 8 hours 15 min ago (view)

    steele, wieck, and strop called up.

    btw, strop is a "replacement player" in this move and isn't subject to 40-man roster waiver rules

     

  • crunch 8 hours 42 min ago (view)

    cubs covid...chris young tested positive.  j.adam, d.winkler, and b.workman are now on the "injured list"

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Sorry that I couldn't access things for opening day and then got busy for the next couple series. Glad to have a baseball routine to share with you all again!

     

  • Sonicwind75 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Guessing I'm a little late to the game on this; but just read Chafin's twitter about wanting to buy a cheap car to drive around Chicago. He seems like a good dude. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    RHSP Duncan Robinson (June 2019 TJS) has retired. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Rex Brothers and Tony Wolters reached five years of MLB Service Time this weekend, so Brothers now cannot be sent outright to the minors without his consent (he is out of minor league options) and Wolters (who has a minor league option left) now cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors without his consent. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    It's not good to play bad teams early because they have the confidence and energy they won't have later in the season after they realize they suck and all is lost.