Cub Pitchers Fan Sweet Sixteen A's at Fitch Park
Wladimir Galindo smacked an RBI double, singled twice, and scored a run, Chris Pieters singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs, D. J. Wilson drilled an RBI triple, and RHSP Pedro Silverio hurled three innings of no run/no hit ball and combined with three relievers to strike out 16 hitters and toss a five-hitter, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Mike Martin tripled, singled twice, and scored both of the A's runs.
In twelve Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (43 PA), Wladimir Galindo is hittting 333/372/462 (28% K-rate and 2% walk-rate), with three three-hit games. Galindo displays a similar offensive skill-set as Jorge Soler (extremely hard contact when he hits the ball, but not many walks and a lot of strikeouts). He has also committed five errors (two throwing and three fielding) in eleven games played at 3B (he was a DH in the other game). The 19-year old Galindo was part of the touted Cubs 2013-14 IFA class that also included Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Jen-Ho Tseng, and Jeferson Mejia, and Galindo had a fine rookie season in 2014, hitting 278/356/472 for the VSL Cubs and leading the VSL in HR as a 17 year old. But then he missed most of the 2015 season with left wrist inflammation (at EXST) and then a fractured left hand (in the AZL), so the inconsistency he is showing at the plate and in the field right now is probably to be expected.
As things stand right now, it would appear that Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, and either Erling Moreno, Manny Rondon, or Jesus Castillo will form the Eugene starting rotation, and Daniel Lewis, Tommy Nance, Pedro Araujo, Tyler Peitzmeier, Jared Cheek, John Michael Knighton, and Mark Malave will be the bullpen arms, with Scott Frazier, Alexander Santana, Enrique de los Rios, M. T. Minacci, and Yapson Gomez still battling for jobs in the Emeralds pen. Again, this is only as things stand right now at this point in time, because a lot can happen between today and June 17th (Northwest League Opening Day).
John Arguello (Cubs Den) has a game report:
And here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 4-3, 3B, F-7, RBI)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (K, K, 6-2 FC, F-8)
3. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, BB, F-9, P-3, R)
4. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-7, BB, 2 R, SB)
5a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 3-3 (1B+E6, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. Jhonny Bethencourt, PR-3B: 0-1 (P-4, CS)
6. Alex Bautista, RF: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, RBI)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (K, F-8, 4-6-3 DP)
8. Gustavo Polanco, C-DH: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, L-8)
9a. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 0-2 (K, P-6)
9b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (P-2)
10a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 0-1 (P-6)
10b. Jose Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
10c. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (E-7)
11. Yohan Matos, DH #3: 1-3 (F-8, 2B, P-3, R)
1. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 51 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (19 strikes)
3. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
tim815 5 hours 30 sec ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 17 min 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 8 hours 1 min 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 9 hours 6 min 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...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 11 hours 50 min 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 12 hours 15 min ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 12 hours 42 min ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 15 hours 11 min 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.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...
crunch 1 day 8 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 1 day 8 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 1 day 10 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 1 day 11 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.
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.
i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts. i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.
I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.