Cubs No Match for Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields
Jose Daniel Reyes collected four hits (three singles and a triple), scored a run, and drove-in three, Jose Curpa belted two triples, scored two runs, and picked-up an RBI with a bases-loaded HBP, Jesus Marriaga tripled, singled, walked, and scored a run, Ryan January drilled a solo HR and a single, and walked and scored, and SP Luis Frias hurled four innings of one run / two-hit ball with seven strikeouts, as the Diamondbacks hammered the Cubs "A" team 8-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Josue Huma walloped a solo HR and Oswaldo Pina smacked an RBI triple for the Cubs.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1a. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, SB, CS)
1b. Orian Nunez, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
2a. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (HR, 5-4-3 DP, E-5, R, RBI)
2b. Yonathan Perlaza, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Henderson Perez, DH-C: 0-3 (K, K, 1-3)
4. Alexander Guerra, C-DH: 0-3 (F-9, K, E-6, R)
5. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
6. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 1-3 (K, L-4. 3B, RBI)
7. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, L-6)
8. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
9a. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Albert Hinirio, RF: 1-1 (1B)
10. Danny Zardon, DH #2: 0-3 (4-3 DP, F-9, K)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 60 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Blake Whitney: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 3 pitches (2 strikes)
4. Richard Gallardo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Chi-Feng Lee: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 4
1. P Eduarniel Nunez: E-1 (overthrow to 1st base after fielding one-hop comebacker allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Benjamin Rodriguez: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
3. CF Fernando Kelli: E-8 (overthrow to 3rd base after fielding errant pick-off attempt allowed runner to score)
4. 3B Luis Diaz: E-5 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
QuietMan 1 hour 15 min ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,
George Altman 1 hour 30 min ago (view)
Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.
Mike Wellman 3 hours 38 min ago (view)
I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 23 sec 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 4 hours 32 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 12 hours 9 min 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 17 hours 52 min ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 38 min 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 19 hours 48 min 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?
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 47 min ago (view)
I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.
Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.
crunch 20 hours 54 min ago (view)
there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.
Eric S 20 hours 55 min ago (view)
The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado
Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something
crunch 21 hours 43 sec ago (view)
edwards gonna edwards...blah
bradsbeard 22 hours 29 min ago (view)
Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later.
crunch 23 hours 33 min ago (view)
delay over, game on.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.