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.

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  • Cubster 21 hours 12 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

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