Eloy Goes Deep to Help Cubs Defeat Angels at Riverview

Alberto Mineo (RBI double), Tyler Alamo (RBI single), and Adonis Paula (RBI single) collected run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 3rd, 17-year old Andruw Monasterio smacked a two-run double, Eloy Jimenez belted a solo home run, and Jose Paulino hurled four shutout innings and combined with four relievers to toss a three-hitter, as the Cubs cruised past the Angels 7-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning affair so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Frandy de la Rosa drilled his team-leading seventh double in the game and is now hitting 279/324/443 in 19 Cactus League EXST games (68 PA), and it appears that he has won the Opening Day starting second-base job at Eugene.

The Eloy Jimenez HR gives him the team lead with two, and he is now hitting 317/348/583 in 19 Cactus League EXST games (66 PA). In addition to the two home runs, Eloy also has four doubles and is tied for the team lead in triples with three (tied with Kevin Encarnacion), and he leads the team in RBI (15 ) and in runs scored (11). He has three walks and ten strikeouts in the 66 PA, and he has also stolen three bases (no CS).    

In EXST Cubs roster news, INF Bryant Flete has been moved-up to AA Tennessee, and catcher Erick Castillo has been assigned to Extended Spring Training from AA Tennessee, as Flete and Castillo essentially changed places.

The 22-year old left-handed hitting Flete is a versatile player defensively and a polished player offensively, capable of playing 2B, SS, and 3B. and with a patient approach and a good eye at the plate. He hit a combined 274/385/355 in 189 career minor league games (761 PA) 2012-14, and in 13 Cactus League EXST games (35 PA) this season, Flete hit 357/485/500, with four doubles, seven walks and five strikeouts, one stolen base (one CS), seven runs scored, and three RBI.  

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


CUBS LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, L-6, 5-3, R, SB)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 5-3, F-9, R)
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 1-3 (6-4 FC, BB, K, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB)
4. Alberto Mineo, 1B-C: 1-4 (4-3, 2B, K, L-7, R, RBI)
5. Tyler Alamo, C-1B: 1-4 (L-3, 1B, P-4, F-8, R, RBI)
6. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, BB, K, RBI, PO) 
7. Jose Paniagua, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-9 SF, E-4, K, R, RBI)
8. Danny Gutierrez, LF: 0-4 (F-8, F-8, F-7, K) 
9. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R)
10. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (2B, 4-6-3 DP, K, 2 RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Jose Paulino: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/5 GO/FO, 42 pitches (32 strikes) 
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 10 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Jordan Brink: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (17 strikes) 
5. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 30 pitches (18 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Adonis Paula: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Frandy de la Rosa: E-4 (dropped throw on attempted 6-4 FC allowing runner to reach 2nd base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Alamo: 1 PB 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

Comments

AZ, what's your take on Jimenez so far? Seemed like he got off to a bit of a slow start last year - I can't remember if he was hurt or what, or even if my memory is serving me correctly, but he and Gleyber Torres were the two prizes from the international pool and now Torres is getting some press.

O&B: Eloy Jimenez almost made the South Bend roster out of Minor League Camp, and he has been the offensive heart of the EXST Cubs. I think he probably could handle South Bend right now, but it looks like he will go to Eugene from EXST.

Also, his outfield defense is not that great and it might not ever be, and so he has been playing a lot more LF lately, and I suspect that's where he will probably end up. 

Thanks, AZ So, if Coghlan doesn't start hitting again, bring him up!! Although, it does seem like Coghlan often hits the ball hard - yesterday real hard. They're just always at people.

Absolutely, the numbers don't tell the whole story this year for Coughlan.

His .207 BABIP tells the story quite nicely. Last year it was .337, career average .315.

cy wada is pretty good. 1.1ip 0h 0bb 4k so far.

4.2ip 4h 1bb 9k (69 pitches)...leaves with men on 1st/2nd. it seems he was removed solely for a matchup, not because of injury, btw. *shrug* musky had this to say... "Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat In Wada's last 2 starts at @IowaCubs he threw 91 and 88 pitches. Norris is .433 batter vs LHP. #Cubs"

Not to mention a heckuva slide (for a pitcher) at home plate on the Fowler triple.

He ran the bases perfectly. He rounded second and third in textbook fashion, did not look for the ball (I wish Castro would do this), picked up the coach's signal rounding second and did not break stride. Impressive athleticism, but also a sign of having been well coached on fundamentals. Bryant, who was on deck, did a nice job of telling him to get down.

Had to go to bed early last night after being up all bloody night Tues listening to the Blackhawks. Box score this morning indicates that none of Rosscup, Motte, or Strop gave up a run. Without visual confirmation I claim a hoax.

Rosscup got some guys on base for Motte, but the great Maddonini pulled him before he could do any more damage.

dat 5th bryant HR... game is on mlb network, btw.

over the CF wall after a Fowler walk. Very impressive

Best defensive play I've seen out of Bryant yet with that barehanded grab and throw - nice!

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  • The E-Man 3 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?

     

  • crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches

    ...and it's gone in the 8th.  now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.

     

  • Eric S 7 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 21 min ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)

     

  • videographer 9 hours 29 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late?  2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %.  Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?

     

  • crunch 10 hours 23 sec ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.

     

  • Eric S 10 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 11 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power.  More than enough power up & down lineup.  I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster.  Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral. 

     

  • VirginiaPhil 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs.  Hasn't hit more than three in seven years.  Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.

     

  • VirginiaPhil 12 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.

    Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball."  Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 12 min ago (view)

    almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Jon Jay - Trade Candidate? 

    I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse. 

    The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced...  with 13 position players including a bench of:

    Caratini

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 52 min ago (view)

    He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint  a different matter though.