Cubs, D'backs, and Giants Play Three-Way in Mesa

Kevin Zamudio slugged a solo hone run to put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd, Luis Ayala belted a two-out two-run triple in the bottom of the 7th to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and Dylan Cease fired 4.2 IP (71 pitches) of one-hit ball with six strikeouts, as the Cubs rallied to edge the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, and Zach Bowers blasted a solo HR, singled twice, reached base on an HBP, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, and SP Jeff Burke and five relievers combined to toss a five-hitter, leading the Giants to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs at Sloan Park, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day split squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.  

Cease was cruising along about to complete five innings of shutout ball, but he hit a batter and walked the next two hitters on nine pitches with two outs in the top of the 5th, and then reliever Tommy Nance immediately gave up a two-run double that scored two inherited runners (both runs charged to Cease).  

Pedro Marquez drilled a two-run double, singled, and walked for the Diamondbacks in a losing cause in the game on Field #1. Ex-Cub RHP Jeferson Mejia (one of two pitchers sent to the Diamondbacks in the Miguel Montero trade in December 2014) was the starting pitcher for the D'backs and worked five innings, allowing two runs on three hits (including the Zamudio HR) and four walks, with two strikeouts, 1 GIDP, and 4/6 GO/AO,  

RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL since May 9th with right shoulder inflammation) and RHSP Dallas Beeler (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL since Spring Training with right shoulder inflammation) worked in the game versus the Giants at Sloan Park. Both were hit fairly hard (Tseng surrendered four well-struck hits in 2.2 IP including three singles and a double plus a HBP, and Beeler gave-up four hits including the Bowers HR in just two innings of work). 

The game with Diamondbacks on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex was called by mutual-consent after 7-1/2 innings of play. This was supposed to have been a split-squad doubleheader versus the Giants (only), but the D'backs and Giants play each other in a split-squad doubleheader tomorrow, and while the Giants don't have enough pitchers available to play two doubleheaders in a row, the Diamondbacks do (sort of). So the D'backs sent a squad of players to Mesa to play the Cubs "B" squad, and left a second squad back home at Salt River Fields to play their regularly scheduled Cactus League EXST game against the A's, but they only brought enough pitchers to Mesa to play seven innings.  

The following position-players have been sent from Extended Spring Training to the Cubs Dominican Academy and will be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2: SS Aramis Ademan, C Miguel Amaya, SS Christopher Morel, INF Rafael Narea, 2B Yonathan Perlaza, OF Abraham Rodriguez, and OF Jonathan Sierra. Three or four pitchers who have been at EXST will also be assigned to the DSL, presumably including some combination of RHP (ex-INF) Francisco Garay, RHP (ex-OF) Wander Feliz, and LHP Eugenio Palma. It is possible that there will be some additional roster adjustments made prior to the start of the DSL season on Saturday, so all assignments are subject to change depending on the needs of the organization. I can't even absolutely, positively confirm that the players named above have actually physically left Arizona yet, but I would say there is a good chance that they have.    

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):  

SLOAN PARK 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP

1. Ruben Reyes, DH #1: 2-4 (P-6, 1B, 5-3, 1B, R)
2. Michael Foster, LF: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, L-8, K)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-4 (K, 5-4 FC, F-9, F-9)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, P-6)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (3B, K, F-7, R)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, 5-3, E-5, RBI)
7a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (F-7, K)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (K)
8. Robert Garcia, DH #2: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, 3-6 FC)
9. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (P-5, K, 5-3)
10. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (K, 2B, 5-3)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. Dallas Beeler: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (20 strikes) 
3. Alexander Santana: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (18 strikes) 
4. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes) 
5. Luis Aquino: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (17 strikes) 
6. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS 

CUBS SQUAD "A" OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Michael Foster - batter thrown out 7-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 

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RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX - FIELD #1

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 2B, 6-3, R, CS)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (2B, K, L-9, RBI)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (1-3, BB, K)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, F-7, 1B)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-2 (L-9, BB, 6-4 FC, SB, PO) 
6. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 1-3 (HR, F-8, F-9, R, RBI)
7. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-3 (E-1, 6-3, 1B, R, SB)
8. Yohan Matos, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 5-3, 1B, R)
9. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-3 (6-4-3 DP, F-7, P-4)
10. Luis Ayala, LF 1-2 (BB, F-7, 3B, 2 RBI, SB)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Dylan Cease: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2 PO, 4/2 GO/AO, 71 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Tommy Nance: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Nick Sarianides: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. C Tyler Pearson: E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Pearson: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF D. J. Wilson - batter thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 

ATTENDANCE: 21 (combined between the two games - some of the spectators moved back & forth between the two venues)

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

Comments

Bruce Levine ‏@MLBBruceLevine Sex Fowler out with sore heel
Pretty epic nickname

Phil, any updates on eight Oscar de la Cruz or Luis Hernandez?

AZBOBBOP: No updates. 

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  • crunch 7 hours 56 min ago (view)

    There's a lot I hate about this playoff format and I hope we get back to 3-in with 2 teams playing a brutal 1-game playoff format.

    i don't want to watch 162...or 150...games to see 16 out of 30 teams get a shot at winning it all.

    we just watched the cubs drop 3 out of 4 to a team that was 15-38.  dropping a playoff series to a team that had the 5th best record and survived a 1-game sudden death playoff has a bit more legitamacy than a team that didn't even have a .500 record (MIL + HOU this year, btw).

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Yay for playoff games taking place in the middle of a workday? I'll be watching this one well after the fact. Enjoy, to all those watching it live on Wednesday afternoon!

     

  • champsummers 11 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Gracias!

    And I did not know he was eligible already.  Makes sense..

     

  • crunch 18 hours 10 min ago (view)

    ex-cub and fun baseball dude Jay Johnstone has died.  74 years old (dementia, COVID).

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.