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): 

FIELD #4

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

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FIELD #5 

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)

ATTENDANCE: 18 

WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle and temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

I mentioned this as an issue at the start of the season but the Cubs are 3rd worst at contact on pitches in the zone and it feels like the past few pitchers have thrown a lot more in the zone. It'll be interesting to see if pitchers start trying to take advantage of this more and what the Cubs will do to adjust.

Also holy hell you don't sac bunt with Russell in the 2nd inning, tie game with the catcher and pitcher coming up. Even if it was successful that would have been a stupid play.

Runners at second and third with one out, it was a safety squeeze that went awry. Tuff series so far for Russelll, hopefully gets some payback later

It was a bad call whether he put it down or not. You have to take the chance to get both runs in with someone who has shown an ability to do so with Ross and Lackey coming up. Late game and close, then a safety squeeze might be in order.

Gennett-Villar has to be the most francophonic double-play combination since Theriot-Fontenot.

 

 

the most francophonic ---- Is General Franco dead?

Maikel and Julio would be a fun combo...

francophonic
How do you type words that long with a latte in one hand?!?!

At tomorrow's hitters' meeting: "Will somebody please look for a fucking first-pitch breaking ball? They have thrown it to 80% of our hitters, and nobody is ready for it."

Hitters either don't swing at the first pitch or look for a fastball. If you pop out on a first-pitch breaking ball, you're not doing your job. It's generally a freebie for a pitcher if he can get a strike called. Just the way it is.

Game on line my guy Addy up

and he delivers an rbi

bottom 12th. Wood replaces Rondon after a LaStella Error and a walk. Wood walks the bases loaded. No outs. Maddon brings in KB from LF, 5 INF, 2 OF. Short F8, runner doesn't try to score, 1 out P6 Madden sends KB back to LF Wood works a 3-2 count. ...but gets Maldonado on a P3. Len: "He (Maddon) just sawed a lady in half." It's Magic.

that game was turrible and awesome. scrubs win. also, someone needs to have an intervention with maddon about the #2 slot and the existence of a guy on his team named 'zobrist' who works the 6-slot. ...at least vs lefties...c'mon.

Every year of his career he's been like a blackjack dealer shuffling his lineup. This year there is legitimate tinkering that can be justified and he's been Piniella-esque.

crunch, is your degree in numerology?

Zobrist batted fifth last night and has batted sixth twice in 35 games.

Cubs jump to 1-1 on days after Trans recap. Only thing of note about game.

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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Dillon Maples does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 50 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom is the new cubs all-time rookie HR leader.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 7 min ago (view)

    The Cubs will very likely be splitting the AZIL position players into two 14-man squads (like they did last year), with each squad playng in every other-game, and with the other squad having a Camp Day instructional work-out on a back-field when that squad is not playing in a game. There will also be five combined Camp Days during the course of the four weeks for all players from both squads.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 29 min ago (view)

    DJL: No. Signing a 2022 minor league successor contract would only matter with regard to a player in the Arizona Fall League, because the AFL schedule goes past the date when minor leaguers are declared free-agents. 

    AZ Instructs ends on October 16th, which is about two or three weeks before minor league free-agency, so the three guys at Cubs Instructs who are eligible to be free-agehts after the World Series (Dakota Chalmers. Nicholas Padilla, and Eury Ramos) do not need to sign successor contracts in order to play in AZIL games. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Charlie. I lost my father almost 2 years ago now, some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Wrigley with him.

    All the best wishes to you, sir.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 47 min ago (view)

    If you had Bote in the '11-'12- '13 Cubs draft dead pool, then you are a winner!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Dakota Chalmers... interesting. He's scheduled to be a MILB FA, correct? Would this be a good sign he has signed a successor deal?

     

  • Cubster 15 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Maples dfa. Double Martini too.  Hoerner and Thompson back and Keegan to start today. Hoerner bats 5th.
    https://www.marqueesportsnetwork.com/cubs-welcome-back-nico-hoerner-and-...

     

  • crunch 16 hours 4 min ago (view)

    it's never a good time to be in the hospital, but things are extra complicated right now.

    hope everything goes well for everyone.

    go cubs

     

  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Listening to this in a hospital room because we are blacked out on MLB.tv. I don't know which surprises me more, that the Cubs haven't beaten the Brewers since April or that the Cubs beat the Brewers in April.

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.

     

  • Jackstraw 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.

     

  • George Altman 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip ...to... 4.81era - 1.35whip