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)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
P Emilio Ferrebus: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures 100+
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!
way to break a tie.
The Cubs have hired Chase Spivey to fill the open hitting coach position with AZL Cubs #1. He was formerly a hitting instructor with Sparta Science in Menlo Park, CA. Sparta specializes in advanced learning technologies used by sports teams, law enforcement agencies, and the military.
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Cubs, as the Cubs tried (and failed) to outright Shepherd to the minors after claiming him off waivers from the Red Sox last Saturday.
schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / almora / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / ham
AZ Phil - Close here, but Cedeno to the IL with a “wrist injury“. Instead of Tazawa, the roulette wheel ball falls on righty reliever Rowan Wick being called up from AAA (not sure what he offers against lefties though).
What do you think he will cost?
Blue Jays scout following Cubs at EXST so there probably are other Toronto scouts on the other Cubs affiliates as well. If a deal were to happen, Jays closer Ken Giles is probable Cub target. (Giles is under club control via arbitration through 2020).
If the Cubs make any changes in the bullpen this week, I think Junichi Tazawa replacing Xaver Cedeno (likely DFA candidate) would be it.
It doesn't seem like Maddon has much confidence in Cedeno (and rightfully so), and Tazawa's splitter plays up vs LH hitters (when he's not hanging it).
Not that it's going to happen, but RHRP Tony Barnette is eligible to be reinstated from the Cubs MLB 60-day IL tomorrow (Thursday).
I'm bummed to be blacked out for this one. I'm forecasting a drubbing.
I had a good chuckle listening to the espn crew question the decision of pinch hitting a cold off the bench Javy for a veteran left handed hitter like Descalso - that discussion became moot pretty quick!
So many good things about the bottom of the ninth. Even Willson‘s at bat - though it didn’t result in a run - was a quality, grinding at bat after falling behind 0-2. Didn’t fall for the outside slider cheese as he’d done in similar situations before.
javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the outfield...no chance.
javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.