Giant Relentless Attack Too Much for Cubs to Overcome
Shilo McCall drilled a two-run single and a solo home run and scored twice, Jonah Arenado ripped an RBI single and two doubles and scored a run, Carlos Valdez singled twice, doubled, and scored three runs, Tyler Hollick smacked an RBI double, singled, walked, and scored a run, Julio Pena doubled twice and singled, and John Riley hammered a solo HR, as the Giants pounded out 19 hits (including seven doubles and two home runs) en route to a 10-5 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day action on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Jeffrey Baez and Varonex Cuevas belted solo home runs for the Cubs.
The EXST Cubs hit only three HR over their first 37 Cactus League games, but they have hit nine HR over their last nine Cactus League Extended Spring Training games.
2014 EXST CUBS HOME RUNS (thru 5/26 - 46 games): 12
Jeffrey Baez - 2
Erick Castillo - 2
Rashad Crawford - 2
Varonex Cuevas - 2
Tyler Alamo - 1
Zak Blair - 1
Kevin Brown - 1
Rony Rodriguez - 1
RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL - 2013 TJS rehab) started the game for the Cubs and threw a 14-pitch 1-2-3 1st inning (F-8, 6-3, K-looking). Fujikawa has thrown three times in the last six days, working one inning each time (40 pitches total - 23 strikes - 58% K), and he has retired all nine men he has faced in those 3.0 IP (4-3, F-9, P-3, K, F-8, 3-1, F-8, 6-3, K).
RHP Erick Leal had his second consecutive poor outing, allowing seven runs (all earned) on 11 hits (including four doubles and two HR) and a walk in 5.0 IP (71 pitches). Over his last two games (8.0 IP - 141 pitches) Leal has allowed 13 runs (12 ER), 15 hits, and five walks.
The game was pre-planned as a 12-inning contest so that all of the Giants and Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1a. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-3 (HR, 5-3, P-6, R, RBI)
1b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (6-3 DP, K, K)
2a. Kevin Brown, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9)
2b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-3)
3a. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-3 (1B, 6-4-3 DP, 1B+E3)
3b. Oliver Zapata, RF: 1-3 (2B, 6-U FC, F-8, SB)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8, F-7)
4b. Rony Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, P-4)
5a. Justin Marra, 1B: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-7, R)
5b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (K, 3-U)
6a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 5-3)
6b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, 1-3, R, SB)
7a. Mark Malave, C: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, K, R, RBI)
7b. Antonio Valerio, C: 1-2 (F-8, 1B)
8a. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 1-2 (BB, P-5, 1B)
9a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI, CS)
9b. Roney Alcala, 3B: 1-3 (L-7, 1B, 3-1, RBI)
1. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Trey Masek: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 10/3 GO/FO, 71 pitches (48 strikes)
4. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
5. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Roney Alcala - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Mark Malave: 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
Eric S 4 hours 26 min ago (view)
Definitely was time for Monty and/or Chatwood to move on.
crunch 4 hours 31 min ago (view)
pretty much washes out the $$, but i was kinda sick of montgomery. it's not much of a gamble for KC given that monty has club control years left.
all D with a little pop...better option than t.davis, at least.
hopefully this move isn't because contreras might be DL bound.
Eric S 4 hours 32 min ago (view)
Per the internet, Cubs have traded for KC catcher Martin Maldonado. 🤷♂️
Update: trade in exchange for Mike Montgomery
Well that will clear up a spot in the bullpen at a minimum and perhaps kicks Descalso to the curb in the process to clear room on the bench for Maldonado
Well shit. Willson to the 10 day IL with a strained arch to the right foot (shakes angry fist at Rosario for his wildness at the root of this). Guess Descalso will get to relax, strike out and eat sunflower seeds on the bench for a while longer.
Eric S 5 hours 5 min ago (view)
Just a putrid game in a lot of respects. Cubs futility against the Reds is highly annoying.
crunch 5 hours 9 min ago (view)
cubs lose, cards move into 2nd in the central.
Eric S 5 hours 10 min ago (view)
Happ starting to make some noise in Iowa with a three hit night, with two homers (now 15 for the season), raising his average to .240 - I don’t think it’s been that high for several months. I believe he’s had a number of multi-hit games the last couple of weeks to help bump up the average.
Eric S 5 hours 39 min ago (view)
Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen reminding Theo that he’s significantly better than both of Theo‘s big offseason acquisitions of Brach and Descalso in both pitching and hitting. Perhaps Brach is the better base runner?
crunch 5 hours 39 min ago (view)
heyward - 1
bat - 0
crunch 5 hours 47 min ago (view)
bad D has directly resulted in at least 3 of tonight's reds runs.
Eric S 5 hours 48 min ago (view)
Brach has inherited 15 runs - some how, some way, 50 of them have scored
Eric S 5 hours 56 min ago (view)
I bet Hendricks wasn’t envisioning seeing both Rosario and Brach pitching in the 8th after leaving with a 3-2 lead after six.
Eric S 6 hours 10 min ago (view)
Been a month since Rizzo hit a dinger. Tonight would be a good time to get off the schnide.
Eric S 6 hours 20 min ago (view)
First half Cubs showed up for the top of the seventh - yuck
crunch 6 hours 21 min ago (view)
also, dude, cishek.
crunch 6 hours 48 min ago (view)
can't think of a much better way to spend some loot, myself. sounds awesome.
michael2z 7 hours 16 min ago (view)
I try to go to a three-game series every year. I have been taking my son for years and began taking two of my grandsons the last four years and plan on bringing all three to a series next year. I was born and raised in the Chicago area and I still have family there (my cousins own the Twin Anchors restaurant in Old Town).
Yes, the cost is much, but the time with family is truly priceless. Trying to enjoy the time I’ve got left, hoping that the boys have a great time and memories to share for generations