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
Hagsag 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 5 days 8 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 6 days 22 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 1 week 7 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 week 9 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 1 week 10 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 2 days ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 5 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...