A's Rumble Past Cubs at Fitch Park

JaVon Shelby collected four RBI (bases-loaded walk, two-run triple, and RBI GO) and Liam Hendriks and Jose Mora combined to hurl 5.1 IP of one-run ball with nine strikeouts, helping the Athletics thump the Cubs 8-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair, but it was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the A's pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Cam Balego was removed from the game after being hit in the head (helmet) with a pitch. He left the field under his own power, but appeared to be a bit woozy. Balego is the second Cub in two days to be hit in the head or face with a pitch.  

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

CUBS LINEUP
1. Josue Huma, DH #1: 0-4 (K, K, 6-3, K)
2a. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, F-9)
2b. Orian Nunez, 2B: 0-1 (P-6)
3a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (K, 1B)
3b. Cam Balego, PH-DH: 0-1 (1B, HBP, R)
3c. Ramsey Romano, PR: NO AB (R)
4. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-4 (F-9, F-9, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (K, F-8, 1B, 1B, SB) 
6. Henderson Perez, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, BB, K, F-9 SF, R, RBI)
7. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 1-4 (F-8, K, K, 1B, RBI)
8. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K)
9a. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-1 (BB, 1B, RBI)
9b. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-0 (BB) 
10. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-6 FC) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Yovanny Cruz: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 45 pitches (17 strikes) 
2. Riger Fernandez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 26 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Luis Silva: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Eugenio Palma: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
2B Orian Nunez: E-4 (dropped pop fly in short RF allowing batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jonathan Soto: 2-3 CS
2. Henderson Perez: 1 PB 

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST
CF Jose A. Gonzalez - batter thrown out 8-6 attempting to stretch single into double

ATTENDANCE: 12

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

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SP Yovanny Cruz FB velo was at 93-94 T 95-96 in the game, but he was unable to command the FB or CV. 

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  • crunch 1 min 30 sec ago (view)

    HR in the 8th.  dope.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...

     

  • crunch 2 hours 21 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...

     

  • crunch 2 hours 43 min ago (view)

    “It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”

    ...

    “I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”

     

  • First.Pitch.120 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

    The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 55 min ago (view)

    I am with my hero Zo.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 57 min ago (view)

    whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...

    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/cubs-ben-zo...

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 59 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

    i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

    Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!