Guts. Glory. Ram-sey Romano

Ramsey Romano doubled twice, singled, and scored three runs, Josue Huma singled twice, doubled, and drove-in two runs, and SP Jesus Tejada hurled 3.2 IP of one-hit ball, leading the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguelo Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Erven Roper belted a two-run HR to account for the two Angel runs. 

Ramsey Romano (Cubs 2017 31st round draft pick - Long Beach State) is an athletic and versatile defender who can play anywhere in the infield and outfield. He almost certainly will be the #1 utility-supersub at Eugene when the Emeralds begin play in a couple of weeks.   

Prior to the game on Field #5, RHPs Dalton Geekie and Andry Rondon threw "live" BP on Field #4 (one "inning" - 25 pitches each). Geekie (Atlanta Braves 2015 22nd round draft pick - Georgia Highlands College) underwent TJS in August 2016 and missed the 2017 season. The 23-year old 6'5 righthander was acquired by the Cubs from Lake Erie (Frontier League) a couple of weeks ago. He signed with Lake Erie after being released by the Braves at the end of Minor League Camp in March. A. Rondon reported late to Extended Spring Training and it's taken him a while to round into game shape.  

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

1. Josue Huma, 2B: 3-4 (P-6, 2B, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
2. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP, 6-3, R, RBI)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-3 (BB, F-8, F-9, F-8)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C 2-4 (1B, P-4, K, 1B, RBI)
4b. Henderson Perez, C: NO AB 
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, K, R)
6. Gustavo Polanco, DH #1: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 1B, L-5 DP)
7a. Chris Carrier, RF: 0-3 (P-3, K, F-9)
7b. Ruben Reyes, RF: NO AB 
8. Kwangmin Kwon, DH #2: 1-3 (K, K, 1B, RBI)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, K, R)
10. Ramsey Romano, 1B: 3-3 (2B, 2B, 1B, 3 R, RBI)

1. Jesus Tejada: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 64 pitches (41 strikes) 
2. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (28 strikes) 
3. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (25 strikes) 

1. 3B Orian Nunez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Jesus Tejada: E-1 (throwing error after bunt allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Jonathan Soto: 0-2 CS 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 


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


Phil, is Eddie Butler in Mesa working his way back to health?

HAGSAG: If Eddie Butler is down here I haven't seen him. Which is to say he hasn't been out on the field, but he could be inside the UAPC doing rehab there.  

Phil, has Dalton Geekie been seen wearing a pocket protector?

AZ PHIL: Bryan Hudson had a nice outing yesterday in Mertle Beach. Do you think he could crack a back-end rotation somewhere?

E-MAN: I think Bryan Hudson probably has an MLB ceiling. It might take him a while to get there, though.

The problem with extreme ground-ball pitchers like Hudson is that in "A"-ball they suffer from having infielders who don't make plays the way infielders do at AA, AAA, and (especially) MLB.

So minor league pitching coaches have to constantly remind pitchers like Hudson to keep doing what they're doing and not to try and strike everybody out even if they don't always get the results they expect from inducing ground-balls. 

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  • erich081 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.


  • Eric S 4 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 35 min ago (view)

    RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.  


  • Charlie 5 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?


  • crunch 6 hours 55 min ago (view)

    i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.


  • Charlie 7 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.


  • crunch 8 hours 8 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

    ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.


  • QuietMan 14 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 14 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.


  • Mike Wellman 16 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.


  • Charlie 17 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.


  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?