Cubs Paint It Black at Riverview
Fernando Kelli belted an RBI triple, a two-run double, and a single, and scored two runs, Luis Diaz drilled two singles, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Alexander Guerra singled, doubled, and scored a run, Oswaldo Pina walloped a two-run HR, and Richard Gallardo and Didier Vargas combined to toss five innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs "A" team breezed past the Giants Black squad 9-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Cubs batters collected 16 hits (including three doubles, a triple, and a HR) and Cubs pitchers combined to fan 14 in the game.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-4 (1B, P-6, 3-U, 4-3, SB)
2. Pedro Martinez, SS: 1-4 (F-8, L-8, 2B, K, RBI)
3. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-4 (1-3, E-3, 4-3, K)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, DH #1: 1-4 (4-3, F-8, L-8, 1B)
5. Orian Nunez, DH #2: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 1B, K, R, CS)
6. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3, F-9, 2 R)
7. Fernando Kelli, LF: 3-4 (2B, 3B, 6-3, 1B, 2 R, 3 RBI)
8. Luis Diaz, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, K, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB)
9. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 1-4 (K, HR, K, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
10a. Albert Hinirio, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, 2 RBI)
10b. Danny Zardon, PH-C: 0-2 (K, K)
11. Alexander Guerra, C-DH: 2-3 (1B, 2B, K, R)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Richard Gallardo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Didier Vargas: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 51 pitches (26 strikes)
4. Riley McCauley: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (27 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 1
2B Oswaldo Pina: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM BASERUNNING:
Albert Hinirio - thrown out 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Hagsag 2 min 13 sec ago (view)
Phil, thanks. You are the Man!
tim815 7 min 48 sec ago (view)
Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?
I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.
Eric S 49 min 13 sec ago (view)
Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote.
Andy 57 min 21 sec ago (view)
I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.
JustSayin' 1 hour 4 min ago (view)
Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017. He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment. Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing. I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.
crunch 1 hour 53 min ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 2 hours 1 min ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 2 hours 1 min ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 2 hours 2 min ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 13 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 19 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 29 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 3 hours 50 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 4 hours 3 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 4 hours 7 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 16 min ago (view)
Several of the younger pitchers and position-players who were at Extended Spring Training but who were not in contention for Eugene Opening Day roster slots went home for about ten days between the end of the EXST Cactus League season (6/1) and the start of AZL mini-camp this past Tuesday (6/11).