Sierra and Paniagua Long-Balls Help Cubs Gain Split with Giants

Jonathan Sierra (two-run home run), Alberto Mineo (RBI triple), Kwang-Min Kwon (RBI single), and Roberto Caro (RBI triple) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run 2nd, Jose Paniagua clubbed his team-leading 4th HR in the 6th, Edgar Rondon drilled two doubles, walked, and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni doubled, singled , and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 7-3 win over the Giants on Field #2, and Chase Compton belted a solo HR and an RBI single, Richard Amion Jr rifled an RBI single and walked twice, and RHP Hengerber Medina and four relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Giants blanked the Cubs 3-0 on Field #1, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.  

Both games were called by mutual-consent after 7-1/2 innings of play. 

Now 17, Jonathan Sierra (2015 IFA - Dominican Republic- $2.5M bonus) was invited to AZ Instructs as a 16-year old last September, and he made a favorable impression, even drawing comparisons to a (very) young Darryl Strawberry (lanky teenaged LH hitting & throwing corner OF with potential to mash). But Sierra has struggled at Extended Spring Training so far, hitting just 152/243/303 (16% K-rate - 11% walk-rate) in 13 Cactus League EXST games (37 PA), and his second-inning home run today (which was his 1st Cactus League EXST HR) broke an 0-13 skid that goes back ten days. So while his future is bright, he will likely be assigned to one of the Cubs DSL squads (DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2) in the coming days.     

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

FIELD #2

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 2-3 (2B, F-7, 2B, BB, R)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (L-9, 3B, F-9, P-6, RBI, PO)
3. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 0-4 (6-3, 3-1, 5-3, F-8, RBI)
4. Kevonte Mitchell, DH #1: 0-4 (F-9, E-6, F-9, 6-3, SB, PO) 
5a. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, K)
5b. Ruben Reyes, PH: 1-1 (1B)
6. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (E-5, 5-3, HR, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R, RBI)
7. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 1-3 (HR, F-7, 4-3, R, 2 RBI)
8. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH #2: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 5-3, R) 
9. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-2 (3B, BB, 3-U, R, RBI)
10. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 1-2 (1B, F-8, HBP, R, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes) 
4. Andry Rondon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. CF Roberto Caro: E-8 (fielding error on double to left-centerfield allowed batter to advance to 3rd base) 
2. 2B Edgar Rondon: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

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FIELD #1

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-3 (F-8, P-2, F-8)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, CS) 
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, P-6)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, L-6, 1B)
5. Alex Bautista, DH #1: 0-3 (6-3, K, K)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-8, 5-3)
7. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, HBP)
8. Abraham Rodriguez, LF:1-3 (1B, 9-6 FC, F-7)
9. Luis Ayala, DH #2: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, L-4, CS)
10. Jose Gonzalez, RF: 0-2 (BB, K, P-4, CS)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Manny Rondon: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5/2 GO/AO, 50 pitches (28 strikes) 
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Daniel Lewis: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
2B Jhonny Bethencourt: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
1. LF Abraham Rodriguez - runner thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double to LF 
2. RF Jose Gonzalez - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF 

ATTENDANCE: 21 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

PIT + STL 9 games out of 1st...ugggggggggh. yeah. woo. etc.

According to his Facebook account and other sources, Anthony Giansanti has been released by the Cubs.

HAGSAG: Stephen Bruno wasn't at the EXST SS-DH in Scottsdale yesterday, so he may be headed back to Tennessee.  

I saw South Bend play here in Michigan last night. Although Martinez did not play, I must say I was very impressed by both Deweese and Jimenez. Deweese appears to have a phenomenal judgment of what's the strike zone and should be ready to blend into this Cubs lineup someday. The Lansing pitchers kept trying to get him to expand up, down, or away, and he mostly held off from the temptation. As for Jimenez, the Soler comparisons are so obvious. But at least against the low-minors pitching he was seeing last night, he also seemed to have a superior batting eye to Soler, certainly compared to who Soler was a few years ago. He hit, amongst others, a light tap to left field that dumped in over the shortstop, but it sounded like a space shuttle taking off from the bat. Jimenez (a right-handed batter) also hit a foul ball about 360 feet down the right-field line that banged off Lansing's huge right field wall like a train hitting a building. I was completely stunned by his power, even when the results didn't manifest.