Cubs Edge D'backs at Salt River Fields

Oswaldo Pina stroked three hits (singled, stole a base, and scored in the top of the 2nd inning, singled in the 4th, and smacked a solo HR leading off the 7th), Rochest Cruz, Henderson Perez, Brandon Vicens, and Raymond Pena collected two hits a piece, and SP Niels Stone hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

In addition to pelting D'backs pitchers with 13 hits, the Cubs also drew six walks in the game. 

The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that traveled to Salt River Fields consisted of elements of both the Cubs "A" team and the Cubs "B" team. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Albert Hinirio, CF: 1-4 (E-3, F-7, 3B, P-5, R)
2. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B+E2, BB, L-4, R, CS) 
3. Henderson Perez, C: 2-4 (K, 1B, P-3, 1B, RBI)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, 1B: 0-4 (K, 5-4-3 DP, K, 1-3)
5. Danny Zardon, DH #1: 0-2 (1-3, BB, P-3, BB)
6. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 0-2 (F-9, 3-1, F-8, BB)
7. Oswaldo Pina, SS: 3-4 (1B, 1B, HR, 5-3 DP, 2 R, RBI, SB, CS)
8. Brandon Vicens, RF: 2-3 (1B, BB, F-8, 1B, CS, PO)
9. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 4-1, BB, K, RBI)
10a. Raymond Pena, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, F-8, 1B+E5)
10b. Herson Perez, PH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Niels Stone: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 53 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes)   
4. Elias Herrera: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/4 GO/AO, 40 pitches (22 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Widimer Joaquin: E-5 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 

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Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.

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  • Cubster 4 hours 38 min ago (view)

    WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 13 min ago (view)

    buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.