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 9 hours 4 min ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.


  • Hagsag 9 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.


  • crunch 12 hours 59 min ago (view)

    arrieta threw a pen today (saturday)


  • crunch 13 hours 36 min ago (view)

    beth and jd in the booth today.  beth had a great debut earlier in the year with very positive fan feedback for her work + homework.


  • crunch 13 hours 44 min ago (view)

    decided to check in on corey black to see if anyone has signed that waste of space.  dont think anyone has yet.

    he might want to remove the photo of the proud boys leader he has on his twitter as aggressively as he's removed some of his weird hot takes from the past.  actually, he should keep it there.  it will give him a reason to feel like a victim and that seems to be very important to him.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    no hitter!  4 in MLB on the season...2 have been vs CLE

    114 pitches.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    ...and CIN takes the lead because CLE is up a run on a throwing error followed by balking another runner in.

    miley gonna get his shot for a no-hitter win.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    w.miley (CIN) has a no-hitter through 8ip...0-0 game...106 pitches (season high)


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    after this past off-season that is the most logical gut reaction.

    there's a lot of people out there rooting for kimbrel and bryant to have a good season as a backup plan (or main plan) for the 2021 season.


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Is it bad that my gut reaction was that I'm glad they didn't panic and risk injuring a valuable trade chip? Just keep him rested and healthy.   


  • champsummers 1 day 9 hours ago (view)




  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Jordan Horrobin  @JordanHorrobin
    #Cubs David Ross says Craig Kimbrel was "just down" today and that not having Kimbrel in the ninth was not injury related. 
    He also said he expects Kimbrel to be available tomorrow.


  • champsummers 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    it certainly was....

    wonder why Kimbrel didnt't come in?


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    that was -way- too much drama.

    cubs move to .500, though.  woo.


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    This top of the 9th is going from better, to bad, to worse.


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Least painful to lose if they don't want to keep a 40-man spot tied up?