A's Feel the Payne as Cubs Score Late & Often
Tyler Payne belted a two-run double and scored in a three-run 6th and Aramis Ademan and Wladimir Galindo stroked two singles a piece and each scored a run in a three-run 7th, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Friday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
Miguel Mercedes drilled two RBI singles to account for both of the A's runs.
The game was called by mutual consent after 7-1/2 innings of play.
LHRP Jack Leathersich (July 2015 TJS) saw his first game action of 2016 but had difficulty locating home plate (17 pitches - only 6 strikes), walking two while recording two outs (F-8 and 4-3) before being relieved. Leathersich was claimed off waivers from the Mets in November and then was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 2nd, before signing a 2016 minor league contract with the Cubs. Leathersich has been rehabbing at the Cubs UAPC at Riverview Park since February, and the Cubs hope he will be able to help the big club's bullpen sometime later in the year (once his rehab is complete).
RHSP Jesus Camargo (2014 IFA - Mexico) also saw his first game action of 2016, relieving Leathersich and retiring all three hitters he faced on an F-7 and two strikeouts (both swinging). Camargo probably has the best change-up in the Cubs system and was the workhorse of the AZL Cubs starting rotation in 2015, and he would have been a strong contender for a starting gig at Eugene in 2016, too, if he had been able to compete with the others (Cease, Hudson, Paulino, Silverio, J. Castillo, Moreno, and M. Rondon) from the gitgo. Camargo still might eventually win a slot in the Eugene starting rotation, but time is short and he is far behind the other candidates. I would think he will probably begin the short-season back at AZL Cubs and work his innings and pitch count up to where it needs to be for a starting pitcher.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Pedro Araujo has been moved-up to South Bend (Araujo was one of the last three pitchers cut from the South Bend roster at the end of Minor League Camp).
Pedro Araujo combined 2016 Cactus League EXST line (thru 5/26):
1.93 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .226 OppBA
14.0 IP, 12 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 21 K, 9/11 GO/AO, 181 pitches (73% strikes), 12.9 PITCHES-PER-INNING
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9 SF, HBP, 3-U, RBI)
2a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (6-3, K)
2b. Aramis Ademan, PH-SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, BB, K, 1B, R)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-4 (F-9, 6-3, 1B, 1B, R, PO)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, HBP, R, RBI)
6. Gustavo Polanco, DH-C: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, 6-4-3 DP, R)
7. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 2-4 (F-7, 4-3, 2B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (3-U, F-8, 1B, BB)
9a. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (BB, P-6, R, SB)
9b. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-1 (L-9 SF, 1B, RBI)
10. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 0-2 (HBP, 5-3, BB, 6-4 FC)
1. Jack Leathersich: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Jesus Camargo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Pedro Silverio: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 63 pitches (41 strikes)
4. Nick Sarianides: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. 2B Yonathan Perlaza: E-4 (missed catch on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to arrive safely at 2nd base)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 1 hour 52 min ago (view)
the 2 geese are now together covering left-center
crunch 2 hours 5 min ago (view)
we now have 2 OF geese.
crunch 2 hours 36 min ago (view)
game is in goose delay.
arrieta threw 2 innings...not bad, not good, nothing alarming, nothing impressive. it'll be nice to see him work in future outings.
game back again...goose still in CF.
crunch 3 hours 56 sec ago (view)
there is a goose in CF hanging out.
this is goose territory now. this is not up for discussion.
crunch 4 hours 11 min ago (view)
pedro strop broke COVID protocol and will be even more days away from his spring debut. good job, guy.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 14 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: I've been watching Michael Hermosillo since his earliest days with the Angels, playing over the years against the Cubs in AZL, Minor League Camp, EXST, and AZ Instructs.
From the outset he showed plus defensive skills, a plus arm, and plus speed, but his hit tool was clearly lacking, and he had well below-average power. I thought AAA was his likely ceiling, and even then only as a 4th OF.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
3/9 with a homer (no walks).
Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
How is Almora Jrs spring going?
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
maybin 0-9 with 6 Ks so far this spring.
Hagsag 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Phil, what are your thoughts on Mike Hermosillo? He is from our area,Ottawa.
Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
The fact that the Cubs have not run him through waivers by now tells me they know Duane Underwood Jr is a lock to get claimed and so they are hoping to find a club that would be willing to give the Cubs something more than the $50,000 waiver price in return for Dunderwood (either more $$$ and/or a player).
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Today's pitchers, most of them the same guys who threw last Tuesday:
COMMENT: This just in: Mills heater now sitting at 91!!!!... had two easy innings and looked very good... threw only a handful of his "Bugs Bunny curves" but they are fun to watch because hitters don't know how to deal with it... ...
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
DJL: Jason Adam sustained a right elbow fracture a few years ago and missed two full seasons, and when he returned to action he started using a "short-arm" delivery.
crunch 2 days 10 sec ago (view)
baez "soft tissue injury"...no biggie...it's spring. he'll be back in a day or 2.
crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
kimbrel...K, single, HBP, 3 more hits...inning called due to pitch count. 4 earned.
also, baez removed after being HBP on the hand.
First.Pitch.120 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cotton McKnight: In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.
Pepper Brooks: He will not be able to see very well, Cotton.