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):

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) 

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) 

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

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

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


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's


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


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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  • Jackstraw 3 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil


  • Craig A. 7 hours 51 min ago (view)

    If the cardinals loose and the giants win, the cardinals will have to play and win on Monday to make the playoffs. 


  • crunch 10 hours 19 min ago (view)

    ...and dodger stadium loses power.


  • Charlie 11 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.


  • crunch 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    lester goes out with a whimper...7 runs given up in his last start

    5.16era/1.33whip on the year.


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 38 min ago (view)

    JACKSTRAW: The Cardinals & Tigers will only play the first game of Monday's doubleheader (and it will be a seven-inning game) if what needs to be determined is determined by the result of the first game (the second game will be canceled), but they won't play the games at all (and the Cardinals won't go to Detroit) if everything that is affected by the two missing STL games is settled and resolved by end of MLB play on Sunday. 


  • crunch 14 hours 5 sec ago (view)






  • crunch 15 hours 53 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / heyward / bryant / schwarber / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)

    game 2

    bryant's back, and at 3rd.  neat.


  • Jackstraw 17 hours 39 min ago (view)

    I don't know if the math works out but (at least to me) it raises the possibility that they would play one game on Monday and if that decided what was left that they'd skip game 2.


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 6 min ago (view)

    The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.


  • Charlie 23 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.


  • Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.


  • blockhead25 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.


  • blockhead25 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think