Cubs Double Their Pleasure, Triple Their Fun, and Hit a Home Run, Before They are Done

Henderson Perez collected four hits (two singles and two doubles) and two RBI, scored three runs, and threw out two baserunners attempting to steal, Orian Nunez clubbed a two-run HR, walked, and knocked-in another run with a sacrifice fly, Christopher Morel belted an RBI double and an RBI triple and scored a run, Luis Diaz drilled a double and a triple and scored a run, and Kwangmin Kwon doubled twice, drove-in two runs, and scored another, as the Cubs banged-out 15 hits (including ten XBH) en route to a 12-3 drubbing of the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was called after seven innings of play.  

Cubs pitchers allowed only five hits but they walked ten (including five by Mitch Stophel in just 1.2 IP). However, the A's ran themselves out of some innings and/or left multiple runners stranded in other innings.

Cubs RHSP Jeremiah Estrada continues to struggle with command, laboring through two innings before being relieved. Also, his normal 94 MPH FB velocity was down a tick. But RHP Eduarniel Nunez had his FB cranked-up to 95 today and broke a couple of bats with it when he wasn't bouncing it in front of the plate or throwing it over the batter's head, but he apparently had a good feel for his curve, dropping about a half-dozen benders in for a called-strike when he really needed one. E. Nunez may be raw but he sure does have a "live" arm.   

Cubs shortstop Christopher Morel made two outstanding stops & throws that wowed the scouts in attendance (both times going deep into the 5.5 hole and backhanding a grounder before throwing a laser-strike to 1st base to retire the batter). But the defensive play of the day was turned-in by RF Chris Carrier (not known for his defense), who came out of nowhere to make a spectacular diving catch in short rightfield.    

While Miguel Amaya is clearly the Cubs #1 catching prospect (some of you will probably recall that he was MVP at Cubs Extended Spring Training last year), the Cubs #2 and #3 catching prospects are Jonathan Soto and Henderson Perez, and they are both at Extended Spring Training right now. And it is possible that one of them could (like M. Amaya did last year) jump over AZL and go directly to Eugene.     

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

1. Luis Diaz, 3B: 2-5 (2B, 3B, 5-3, 6-3, L-6, R)
2a. Jonathan Soto, DH #1: 0-2 (6-3, 3-2 FC, R)
2b. Ramsey Romano, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-6, K)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 2-4 (2B, 3B, 6-3, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 0-2 (F-9, BB, F-7, BB, R)
5. Chris Carrier, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, BB, 1-3, 2 R)
6. Henderson Perez, C: 4-4 (1B, 1B, 2B, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI)
7a. Kwangmin Kwon, CF: 2-3 (3-U, 2B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
7b. Ruben Reyes, CF: 0-1 (P-5)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-2 (BB, HR, F-8, F-8 SF, R, 3 RBI)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (K, E-6, K, 2B, R, SB)
10. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, F-9, 1B, RBI)

1. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 35 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Stephen Ridings: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 40 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Mitch Stophel: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (21 strikes) 

SS Christopher Morel: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Henderson Perez: 2-3 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"  


Thank you, Phil! Amazing report!


RHP Ryan McNeil (back, hip, elbow) has completed his EXST rehab and has rejoined AA Tennessee. 

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  • crunch 8 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

    Last night, my son was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd. His story is not unique. Countless others have also experienced this use of excessive police force while trying to have their voices heard.

    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3


  • BobbyD 9 hours 42 min ago (view)

    But he has vicious dogs ready to kill the nig***. Oh wait, thugs. He's a real man. 


  • Cubster 14 hours 57 sec ago (view)

    "this idea isn't a proposal at all and may actually be a measure that is forced into action by the league if the two sides can't sort out the financial details for a longer season."

    MLBPA: Over our dead bodies. Followed by Trump sending in the military to force ballplayers and fans to perform like puppets on strings with fans to yell (and cough and sneezing) at the umpires. Ah, baseball before Jackie Robinson. The Trump Republican Party: Bring back the Cheating/Pandemic  1919 White only - White Sox. Say it ain't so, Joe.


  • Hagsag 14 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Trump waiving a bible in front of the church is a total disgrace.


  • crunch 1 day 1 min ago (view)

    ...but now there's this...

    "According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball views a season of around 50 games as a "last resort" option should there be no agreement with the MLBPA.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Major League Baseball intends to propose a shorter season in which they would pay players a full prorated share of their salaries, sources told ESPN. The league believes the late March agreement allows it to set the schedule, and that this would fulfill players’ pro rata desire.


  • JustSayin' 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Minor League Baseball makes the cover of SI!  Two years ago, I would have been elated.  Today, it's depressing (like the article.)


  • BobbyD 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Crunch, thanks. I can be a jerk at times, but you bailed me out. Btw I'm the whitest white boy (who grew up next to Wrigley and also worked at my dad's warehouse next to Cabrini Green). I'm truly ashamed of this president. I don't believe anyone sane wants more of him. Go Cubs!! I miss Bobby Dernier's first home run against the Padres. 


  • Cubster 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    MLBTR has an update on the latest owner's revision proposal. 


  • Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    'we have a donald trump problem, but he may be a highly advanced and dangerous symptom rather than the actual disease.'

    Surely true, dear Crunch. Trump has emboldened the ugly fact that America's cruel underbelly is still racism and police brutality that forwards that original sin. 

    America NEEDS its HEROES.


  • Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    if he does die by "suicide", I would blame Bill Barr and look into a real conspiracy.


  • Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    welcome to an unwelcome June 1st.


  • Hagsag 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    November 3, vote!


  • George Altman 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Yes, many players are millionaires too. However, a good percentage of MLB Owners are billionaires. If there's no MLB in 2020 that's on 30 owners, not the players no matter how the Press spins things. 


  • George Altman 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Well said, Crunch. #Resistance 


  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    i'm not a fan of this administration.  i'm not a fan of someone holding office who's rise to political prominence involved insisiting, with proof he clamed, that the current elected president at the time was not a citizen of the United States.

    we watched as state after state was slowly "won over" by promises of keeping out muslims and hispanics as the most important issue that could help elevate the state of our country.