Brennen Davis Flies-off to South Bend as A's Green Walk-off at Fitch Park

Iraj Serrano drilled a walk-off line-drive RBI single to RF with one out in the bottom of the 9th to drive-in Yhoelnys Gonzalez with the winning run as the Athletics Green squad rallied for a run in the 8th and one in the 9th to edge the Cubs "B" team 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Fabian Pertuz singled twice, stole a base, and scored the lone Cub run, Caleb Knight rifled the sharply hit ground RBI single to CF that scored Pertuz, threw-out two A's baserunners attempting to steal, and back-picked another one off 1st base, and Jorge Remon, Blake Whitney, and Chris Allen combined to hurl six innings of one-hit shutout ball with eight strikeouts for the Cubs. 

Prior to the game, Cubs "B" team OF Brennen Davis (Cubs 2018 2nd round draft pick - Basha HS - Chandler, AZ) was moved up to Lo-A South Bend from EXST.

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

1. Reivaj Garcia, DH #1: 0-4 (F-7, 6-3, F-9 DP, K)
2. Pedro Martinez, SS: 1-3 (BB, 2B, 6-3, K, SB)
3. Ezequiel Pagan, RF: 0-4 (K, F-8, F-7, 6-3) 
4a. Carlos Morfa, DH #2: 1-3 (5-4 FC, 1B, K, CS)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-0 (BB)
5. Ervis Marchan, 1B: 0-4 (4-3, F-8, K, K)
6. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R, SB)
7. Caleb Knight, C-DH: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
8. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-3 (1B, F-7, 6-4-3 DP)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K) 
10. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, K)

1. Jorge Remon: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Chris Allen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Pablo Ochoa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 4/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Raidel Orta: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes) 


Caleb Knight: 2-2 CS, 1 PO 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, is it just me or is Chris Allen getting a lot of people out?

HAGSAG: Chris Allen was at AZ Winter Instructs January-February, then at Minor League Camp in March (but he didn't pitch in any ST games), and then Extended Spring Training after that, but he didn't pitch in any EXST games until about two or three weeks ago.

He hasn't allowed a run yet at EXST. Good size (6'4). Still lanky so he could fill-out. Throws strikes (70% strikes today). 87-90 MPH two-seamer has sink and runs away from RH hitters, and he has a plus-CV and also throws a CH. Six up / six down today (3-U, 6-3, K, K, K, 4-3).

Because he was held back a bit this year he's not stretched-out yet. 50/50 right now whether he goes to Eugene and works out of the pen or stays in Mesa and starts for one the Cubs AZL squads. He definitely has some upside. They call guys like him "projectable." 

3 days. 3 outfield injuries in South Bend.

Americaan Airlines flight in the morning?

TIM: Edmond Americaan is the most-talented OF left at EXST but he is raw (even moreso than Roederer and B. Davis) and he can't hit LHP.

Fernando Kelli spent the 2018 season at Eugene and was competing for a slot at South Bend in Spring Training but a bad Minor League Camp performance nixed that, but he has played very well (at least offensively) at EXST. He would seem to be the most-likely outfielder to be moved-up to SB. 

Jose Gutierrez is technically on the SB 7-day IL and is on a "rehab" at EXST and has been playing in games, but the reason he is at EXST is more a matter of not having any room for him at MB or SB. He's basically a single-A 4th OF at this point. He can play all three OF positions. The Cubs could assign Gutierrez to MB and move Jimmy Herron down to SB from MB (something that was probably going to happen eventually anyway). 

Dalton Hurd struggles to make contact as a hitter but he plays with a high-energy motor that managers and coaches like and he has made several spectacular catches at EXST. Up until B. Davis was moved-up to South Bend, Hurd was expected to be the 4th OF at Eugene (behind B. Davis, Americaan, and Kelli). 

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  • crunch 5 hours 32 min ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...


  • crunch 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.


  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 53 min ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.


  • crunch 23 hours 24 min ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).


  • Charlie 1 day 3 min ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.


  • Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.


  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.