Nic, Bug, and Mac Are a Rockie Concoction for Cubs at Riverview
Nic Motley doubled twice, walked, and collected two RBI, Tyler Bugner singled twice, stole two bases, and scored twice, and RHSP Pearson McMahan hurled five innings of two-hit/one-run ball (retiring the first nine men and the last six men he faced), helping the Rockies edge the Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Luis Hidalgo smacked a three-run HR, Luis Vazquez drilled a single and an RBI double and scored a run, Reivaj Garcia singled, doubled, and scored a run, and Yovanny Cuevas belted an RBI triple and drove-in another run with an RBI GO for the Cubs in a losing cause.
The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair, but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Rockies pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Prior to the game, LHSP Justin Steele (July 2017 TJS) threw "live" BP (two innings - 35 pitches) on Field #4 and it went very well (FB velo good and flashed a plus-CH). Next step is three innings (45 pitches), and then he will begin to throw a breaking ball.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Erick Leal (missed 2017 season with a non-TJS elbow injury) has completed his rehab and has rejoined Myrtle Beach, replacing RHRP Elvis Diaz on the Pelicans roster (E. Diaz was released). In addition, RHP Kyle Miller (Cubs 2015 19th round draft pick - Florida Atlantic) has been released from Extended Spring Training. (K. Miller had a lot of difficulty throwing strikes at Minor League Camp and was left behind in Mesa to work on his mechanics when Myrtle Beach departed Arizona at the end of March, but he was unable to overcome the problem).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 2-4 (F-7, 1B, 1-3, 2B, R)
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (P-6, 2B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (K, P-5, K, 3-1)
5. Carlos Pacheco, DH #1: 0-4 (K, F-7, P-4, F-8)
6a. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)
6b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Cam Balego, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, R)
8. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 1-3 (F-9, K, 1B, R)
9. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, HR, R, 3 RBI)
10. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B, R)
1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Garrett Kelly: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Peyton Remy: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Yan de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 24 pitches (20 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. CF Yovanny Cuevas: E-8 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. C Kevin Zamudio: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Kevin Zamudio: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Kevin Moreno - batter thrown out 7-6-5 (relay by SS Luis Vazquez) attempting to stretch double into triple
Kevin Moreno - thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double into LF corner
Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!
"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."
It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.
Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?
He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit.........
TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.
He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).
He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers.
SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.
He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.
I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win.
Fair call, and educational, as usual.
We shall see.
Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ
Did Court find a new team?
Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.
Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley.
Morrow to the 60.