Brendon Little Throws "Live" BP & Danny Hultzen gets Game Work at EXST
Jorge Barrosa belted a two-run triple and singled twice, Jose Corpa drilled a two-run triple and scored a run, and Luvin Valbuena doubled, walked, and scored two runs, leading the Diamondbacks past the Cubs "A" team 6-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Jake Slaughter laced an RBI double and a single, Edmond Americaan singled, doubled, walked, and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni drove-in two runs with an RBI single and an RBI FC, stole a base, and threw out a runner attempting to steal a base, to aid the Cubs in a losing cause.
LHP Danny Hultzen (on AAA Iowa 60-day IL - 2016 shoulder surgery rehab) saw his first game action of 2019, getting the start and striking out the side (all three swinging, and he threw 83% strikes) in the top of the 1st inning, and RHRP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL - May 2018 TJS) threw a 1-2-3 2nd inning (4-3, 6-3, K-swinging) as he continues to look sharp while rehabbing from May 2018 TJS.
Once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball (he was the Seattle Mariners 1st round pick and the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UVA), the 29-year old Hultzen still has a plus-CH and a very solid breaking ball and he runs his cutter at a respectable 88-90 MPH, and he has outstanding command of all of his pitches, too, but the problem he had last year (and it remains to be seen if the issue has been resolved) was that he was unable to throw more than one inning per appearance and he was also unable to throw two days in a row. If he is going to be an MLB lefty reliever he will need to be able to either throw multiple innings or pitch at least two days in a row.
Prior to the game on Field #5, LHP Brendon Little (Cubs 2017 1st round draft pick) and RHP John Pomeroy (ex-PIT) threw "live" BP on Field #6. This was the first time Little has faced hitters since straining his lat in his first "live" BP session of Minor League Camp the first week of March.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, DH #1: 0-4 (L-3, K, 4-3, K)
2a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 1-1 (2B, R)
2b. Alexander Guerra, PH-DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9)
3. Edmond Americaan, LF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 2B, K, R)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-4 (6-4 FC, L-6 DP, 1B, F-9, R, 2 RBI, SB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B-1B: 2-4 (2B, 6-3, F-9, 1B, RBI)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-4 (K, 1B, K, 1B, SB, CS)
7a. Orian Nunez, 1B: 0-2 (E-5, L-8)
7b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 1-2 (3B, P-4, R)
8. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-3 (P-3, K, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
9. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 2-3, K)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Danny Hultzen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Willy Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Omar Ventura: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Manuel Espinoza: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (26 strikes)
6. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 35 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 3
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 3 hours 33 min ago (view)
A's have decided to not be horrible and to pay their minor leaguers through the end of the season (august)
"“I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” A's owner John Fisher told the Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake. I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do. We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor-league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.""
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Alexander Dimm 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
I'm in. What more do we need, really. A beer. A game or two. The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope). Have fun with a micro-mini season. Let the powers fight over the labor agreements. They can finish by next spring, right?
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.
Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.
declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.
...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram
Charlie 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.
Cubster 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section): In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.
Cubster 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:
Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30):
Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)
Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February)
Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020
Charlie 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.
crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
"A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"
d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins
Jackstraw 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively. None really jump to mind.
crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person
Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.
Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:
Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)
I agree. Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.