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 4 hours 45 min ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...


  • crunch 6 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.


  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 6 min ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.


  • crunch 22 hours 37 min ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).


  • Charlie 23 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.


  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.