Cubs Sweep Rockies as Fife Completes Rehab
Kevonte Mitchell doubled, walked twice, and drove-in a run and Erling Moreno and two relievers combined to hurl a four-hit shutout as the Cubs blanked the Rockies 3-0 on Field #4, and Chris Pieters singled, tripled and scored a run, Alex Bautista singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs, and knocked-in another, and Eric Gonzalez smacked a solo home run, leading the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Rockies on Field #5, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Alex Castellanos (ex-LAD) belted a two-run HR for the Rockies in a losing cause on Field #5.
The game on Field #4 was called by mutual consent after seven innings of play, and the game on Field #5 was called by mutual-consent after six innings of play.
Speedy waterbug Edgar Rondon laid-down a picture-perfect two-out squeeze-bunt hit to get the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd inning on Field #4, after practicing his bunting in pre-game BP. (I guess that's why they say "practice makes perfect").
Cubs outfielders Jose Gonzalez (knee or ankle injury after tripping over 1st base on two-run RBI single on Field #5) and Robert Garcia (hit on foot by pitch on Field #4) left their games with injuries.
RHSP Stephen Fife (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL with strained oblique since 4/15) made his final EXST rehab start, working four innings (81 pitches - 69% strikes). He was not particularly effective, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits (four singles, a triple, and the Castellanos two-run bomb). He also hit a batter, threw a WP, and struck out six, with a 3/3 GO/AO. His next start will likely be for the I-Cubs next Monday or Tuesday, but don't be surprised if he gets released sooner rather later.
RHRP Nick Sarianides made his Cubs debut, throwing a 1-2-3 inning (F-8, P-2, K). The 26-year old Sarianides was released by the Diamondbacks earlier this month after struggling to throw strikes at AA Mobile, but he led the Hi-A California League (an extreme hitters league) in both saves and strikeouts last season after being acquired by the D'backs from Tres Rivieres (Cam-Am League) in 2014. He was mentioned by Baseball America prior to last December's Rule 5 Draft as a likely candidate to get selected, although he was not. Sarianides features a 91-92 MPH fastball and a dive-bomb change-up (which is his strikeout pitch). He probably won't be at EXST very long, because he was in "game shape" when the Cubs signed him. He looked very good today.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Robert Garcia, DH #1: 0-1 (P-5, BB, BB, HBP, R)
1b. Ruben Reyes, PR: NO AB
2. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-4 (E-5, F-7, 4-3, 1B, PO)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (2B, BB, 6-3, BB, RBI)
4. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-4 (4-3, P-3, F-9, 4-6-3 DP)
5. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-1 (BB, P-4, HBP, R)
7. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-2 (P-3, F-7, BB)
8. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, R)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (1B, HBP, 6-3, RBI)
10. Jhonny Pereda, DH #2: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, K, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Erling Moreno: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/3 GO/AO, 53 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Daniel Lewis: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
CF Kevonte Mitchell: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 3rd base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS
CUBS SQUAD "A" BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Jhonny Pereda - thrown out 7-2-4 attempting to take 2nd base on RBI single
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-3 (1-3, 3B, F-7, R)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (P-6, 1B, 3B, R)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 5-4-3 DP, K, R)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 2-3 (1B, P-4, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
6. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 0-2 (P-4, 5-3, BB)
7. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, R, RBI)
8. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 0-2 (K, 6-4-3 DP, BB)
9a. Jose Gonzalez, LF: 1-1 (1B, 2 RBI)
9b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Stephen Fife: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 81 pitches (56 strikes)
2. Nick Sarianides: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Jhonny Bethencourt: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. CF D. J. Wilson: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Payne: 0-1 CS
CUBS SQUAD "B" BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Jose Gonzalez - thrown out 9-5-3 after over-running 1st base on two-run RBI single (suffered knee or ankle injury)
WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle and temperatures in the 80's
JustSayin' 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 5 days 6 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 15 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 1 week 7 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 1 week 7 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.