Polanco Leads Cub Offense over A's at Riverview
Gustavo Polanco belted an RBI triple, a double, and a single, and scored two runs, Christopher Morel clobbered a three-run HR, and Jose A. Gonzalez singled, doubled, and scored two runs, leading a Cubs 14-hit attack (including five XBH) en route to a 10-6 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after seven innings of play.
Jordan Diaz singled twice and doubled and scored a run for the A's in a losing cause.
In EXST roster news, RHP Jose Albertos has been sent to Extended Spring Training from South Bend.
Prior to the Cactus League game, RHP Luis Aquino, LHP Jonathan Bruzual, RHP Hector Alonso Garcia, and RHP Yunior Perez squared-off in a multi-inning "sim" game on Field #4. H. Garcia and Y. Perez have been in the Rehab Throwing Program since the start of Minor League Camp in March, and Aquino and Bruzual have been throwing bullpen side-sessions only for the last month.
Here is the abridged box score from the Cactus League EXST game (Cubs players only):
1. Josue Huma, DH #1: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, BB, BB, R)
2a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, HR, R, 3 RBI)
2b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-0 (BB, L-8 SF, RBI)
3. Henderson Perez, C: 2-4 (E-5, 1B, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 6-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (FC, F-8 SF, 6-3, 4-3, RBI)
6. Chris Carrier, LF: 2-4 (P-6, 1B, K, 1B, R, RBI, SB, CS)
7. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 1-4 (K, E-6, 5-3, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-4 (F-8, K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
9. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 1-4 (5-3, F-9, 2B, K, R)
10a. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, E-6, 2 R)
10b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K)
1. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (25 strikes)
5. Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. P Jeremiah Estrada: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd and another runner to score from 3rd)
2. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 1 PB, 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Charlie 4 hours 16 min ago (view)
Honestly, Urias guessed wrong on that one. But he stilled managed to make contact despite being way out in front, so that breaker must have rolled.
Charlie 4 hours 18 min ago (view)
KB having a perfectly adequate KB stretch and it's a highlight. Sigh.
Chafin may be reconsidering that jalopie after being the man on the mound when the wheels fell off in this one.
crunch 5 hours 17 min ago (view)
i know we're only 10 games in and you can't get good numbers on that, but this is a full-team hitting slump aside from marisnick and his 12 PA.
no one on this team is this bad, but all of them doing it at once is crazy. bad ABs, tons of swings and misses, crap contact...
upon reflection (and another hit in the 9th) i need to give props to k.bryant...he's a 1-man show right now for the regulars.
Eric S 6 hours 5 min ago (view)
I can pause it for pinch hitting - otherwise I'm locked in as there's nothing else to see here
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 9 min ago (view)
Me too, Eric Sogard
Eric S 6 hours 15 min ago (view)
Well, Chafin ... not your night I guess ... looks like its time to catch up on the latest installment of Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 18 min ago (view)
It's kinda starting to feel like this team sucks? But yes this game definitely sucks.
crunch 6 hours 21 min ago (view)
justin steele warming...seems like his debut is on tap.
also, this game sucks.
Eric S 6 hours 23 min ago (view)
Luis Urias is not impressed 😩
crunch 9 hours 30 sec ago (view)
steele, wieck, and strop called up.
btw, strop is a "replacement player" in this move and isn't subject to 40-man roster waiver rules
crunch 9 hours 27 min ago (view)
cubs covid...chris young tested positive. j.adam, d.winkler, and b.workman are now on the "injured list"
Charlie 9 hours 52 min ago (view)
Sorry that I couldn't access things for opening day and then got busy for the next couple series. Glad to have a baseball routine to share with you all again!
Sonicwind75 10 hours 23 min ago (view)
Guessing I'm a little late to the game on this; but just read Chafin's twitter about wanting to buy a cheap car to drive around Chicago. He seems like a good dude.
Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
RHSP Duncan Robinson (June 2019 TJS) has retired.
Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Rex Brothers and Tony Wolters reached five years of MLB Service Time this weekend, so Brothers now cannot be sent outright to the minors without his consent (he is out of minor league options) and Wolters (who has a minor league option left) now cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors without his consent.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
It's not good to play bad teams early because they have the confidence and energy they won't have later in the season after they realize they suck and all is lost.