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)
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
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 6 hours 14 min ago (view)
"MLB will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine from June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina.
The combine will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, with top draft-eligible college and high school players invited. As part of the combine, the top-88 prep players will take part in a tournament through June 26th consisting of eight games."
crunch 7 hours 38 min ago (view)
cactus league officials are requesting MLB delay spring training because of elevated COVID cases + deaths.
their summer peak was 70-80 deaths a week and they're currently at 140-160 deaths a week.
things should be trending down now that most of people that wanted to kill relatives in order to have turkey dinners in NOV/DEC seems to have peaked.
Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
$$$$ for trump's defense fund.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
But they got $600 a few months back. Each! That was an unexpected windfall.
Can't wait to see us acquire a 17 year old, 16 year old, 11 year old (all in the 15-30 range of Blue Jays prospects) and one of the shitty Jays surplus OFs. Randal Grichuk jerseys will be the new hot item among Cubs fans.
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
things are a little tight, we have to be patient with the ricketts family finances.
when TD Ameritrade was fully/completely sold in october they expected to get 26 billion dollars of value on the transaction, but it only got 22 billion dollars. the massive slew of millions that didn't fully come to realization on the ricketts side of that sale stings.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Trade Hendricks? Cant be true. We're "going to be competitive this year."
Sell the team, Ricketts family.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
"Scott Mitchell of TSN reports that the Blue Jays have discussed a potential trade with the Cubs involving Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks.
Mitchell was responding to a question on Twitter asking whether there was any truth to the rumor that the Jays had talked with the Cubs about a deal for both players, and he answered in the affirmative."
this timeline sucks.
bradsbeard 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
International Scouting Director Louie Eljaua was just on The Score and he mentioned that COVID is causing issues with completing physicals and officially signing guys, but he said they have 24 guys unufficially signed right now.
KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
These guys are a year apart in age and Miller's easily had the stronger career to date. While I'm not big on Miller, much prefer his more standard injury (TJ) than whatever it is that sapped Foltynewicz's velocity. Folty without velocity just isn't interesting and is likely a much bigger injury risk
Cubster 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
from an mlb.com article by Jordan Bastian...excerpt on Cubs free agent starting pitching options:
"Still, the Cubs need some more experienced Major League innings.
Given the way the offseason has played out for the North Siders, free-agent possibilities could include Chris Archer. Archer missed all of 2020 due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but he hopes to be ready to go by Spring Training. Free agents Mike Foltynewicz, Carlos Rodón, Rick Porcello and Trevor Williams are coming off forgettable '20 seasons but might benefit from the Cubs' analytics team.
Charlie 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
At this rate, they will need 11 starters in 2021 but like 6 of them will be more or less Alec Mills. The defense will get plenty of practice, at least.
crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
i wouldn't be surprised to see jake arrieta come on board since no one else seems to want him and he'll probably have to take a 1yr deal...
crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
cubs get their backup catcher...hopefully not their main catcher...
austin romine 1yr/1.5m
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
Look no further than Shelby Miller!
crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
hank aaron has died. passed away in his sleep.
we've lost a lot of HOF'rs and other notables in the past many months.
Hagsag 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
The Cubs are now the "Little Sisters of the Poor".