Cubs Soar Past Angels at Diablo

Jonathan Soto (RBI single) and Abraham Rodriguez (two-run double) drilled consecutive two-out run-scoring hits in the top of the 3rd inning, Josue Huma (RBI double) and Rafael Mejia (sacrifice fly) knocked-in runs in a three-run 4th (the other run scored on a WP), and Luis Diaz singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

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

1a. Luis Diaz, 3B: 2-2 (HBP, 2B, 1B, R)
1b. Henderson Perez, PH-C: 0-1 (K)
2a. Jonathan Soto, C: 2-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
2b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, 2B, 5-4-3 DP, 2 RBI)
3b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K)
4. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-2 (F-8, HBP, L-8, HBP, PO)
5. Luis Verdugo, DH-SS: 0-3 (F-9, BB, E-3, 3-1, 2 R)
6. Josue Huma, SS-DH: 1-3 (L-4, 2B, BB, K, R, RBI)
7a. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
7b. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-1 (P-3)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, F-8 SF, 4-1, 2B, RBI)
9a. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Ruben Reyes, PH-RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
10. Ramsey Romano, 2B: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, F-8, R)

1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Sean Barry: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Peyton Remy: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (21 strikes) 
5. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (15 strikes) 

P Emilio Ferrebus: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)  

Henderson Perez: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures 100+ 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, I know Tejada had a nice season in the DR last years. How does he look?

HAGSAG: Jesus Tejada throws a 91-92 MPH FB, a plus-breaking ball, and he's working on a CH. He also works fast and displays good command of all of his stuff. He should be a SP with one of the two Cubs AZL teams this summer. 

The three best 2017 DSL Cubs pitchers I've seen so far at 2018 EXST are Didier Vargas, Yovanny Cruz, and Jesus Tejada (no particular order). The others show some promise, but I would say those are the top three right now. 

Thanks Phil.

PHIL: Speaking of pitching prospects, what's your feelings on Matt Swarmer, now in AA?

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  • crunch 5 hours 3 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 5 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 8 hours 37 min ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 9 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 19 min ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 10 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 10 hours 21 min ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 10 hours 25 min ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day


  • crunch 10 hours 26 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.


  • Eric S 10 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos


  • crunch 11 hours 6 min ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out


    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.


  • crunch 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.


  • crunch 11 hours 28 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.



  • crunch 11 hours 31 min ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...


  • crunch 11 hours 45 min ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.


  • crunch 11 hours 51 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.