It's ex-Cub vs ex-D'back at Salt River Fields

Ramon Hernandez doubled twice, singled, and scored a run and Luis Silverio belted a two-run triple and scored a run, leading the Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Cubs on Whirlwind Field. and RHSP Chester Pimentel hurled five innings of shutout ball and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, as the D'backs edged the Cubs 2-1 on Jackrabbit Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Both games were called by mutual-consent after seven innings of play. 

The Cubs have lost seven of their last ten Cactus League EXST games, and so their record now stands at 16-9-3 after a 13-2-3 start. 

Isaac Paredes (2015 IFA - Mexico - $800K bonus) provided the lone EXST Cub offensive highlight of the day, smacking a two-run HR high over the LF fence and into the parking lot (just missed hitting my ride) to put the Cubs on the board in the top of the 1st inning on Whirlwind Field. In eleven Cactus League EXST games (36 PA), Paredes is hitting 323/417/645 (11% K-rate), leads the team in RBI with twelve, and is second in HR with two (Jose Paniagua has hit three). Of the eleven Cubs 2015-16 IFA at Extended Spring Training, Paredes is the one who could skip AZL and go directly to Eugene. The one knock on Paredes is that he is definitely a below-average runner (especially for a middle-infielder), so I would not be surprised if he is moved to 3B at some point in the future. 

The game on Whirlwind Field featured the somewhat unusual (at least for Extended Spring Training) "our former guy versus your former guy" match-up on the mound, as ex-Cub RHP Jeferson Mejia (sent to AZ in the Miguel Montero deal) started for the Diamondbacks, and ex-D'back Jesus Castillo (acquired by the Cubs in the Tony Campana trade) started for the Cubs. Mejia threw 3.2 IP, walked three, hit a batter, allowed two hits (including the two-run HR to Paredes in the first), and struck out two, with a 3/6 GO/AO, and Castillo surrendered four runs in three innings on four hits (two singles and two triples) and two WP, striking out two with a 3/4 GO/AO. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 

WHIRLWIND FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 3-U, R)
2. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-3 (P-5, 6-4 FC, 1B)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-3 (K, P-4, 4-3)
4. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-2 (HR, HBP, K, R, 2 RBI)
5. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH #1: 0-3 (K, F-9, P-4) 
6. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-2 (P-2, BB, 4-3)
7. Jonathan Sierra, DH #2: 0-2 (L-4, BB, K)
8. Michael Foster, LF: 0-3 (6-3, F-7, K)
9. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-2 (F-7, 6-3)
10. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Jesus Castillo: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 3/4 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes) 
2. Tyler Peitzmeier: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 31 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (20 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Pearson: 1-1 CS 

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JACKRABBIT FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, CF: 0-2 (3-U, BB, K)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9)
3. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-1 (BB, HBP, 1B)
4. Wladimir Galindo, DH #1: 0-3 (K, 6-4 FC, P-3)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-3 (F-7, 6-3, K)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 3B: 1-3 (1-3, P-1, 1B+E6, R)
7. Alex Bautista, DH #2: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3)
8. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-3 (L-7, K, 3-1)
9. Tyler Payne, C: 0-2 (3-1, BB, F-8)
10. Jose Gonzalez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (26 strikes) 
2. Hector Garcia: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes) 
4. Mark Malave: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
3B Jhonny Bethencourt: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Payne: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously). 

     

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    Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago. 

     

  • videographer 14 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago.  Too bad he didn't pan out.  Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.

     

  • tim815 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/chipper-jones-sciambi-lau...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...

     

  • tim815 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.

     

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  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.

     

  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.

     

  • George Altman 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.