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 2 hours 2 min ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.

     

  • Jackstraw 12 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.

     

  • Eric S 22 hours 29 min ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.

     

  • George Altman 23 hours 43 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?

     

  • crunch 1 day 58 min ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip ...to... 4.81era - 1.35whip

     

  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Hendricks becomes hammered?

    Do we miss the 2021 version of Jake Arrieta?

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Rivas in the outfield is a no go

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Thanks for posting the video. He seems a little hesitant on the base paths. Crazy thing is he's clearly out-pitched the Cubs staff ace since joining the Cards - WTH has happened to the Professor?

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    cubs get a 7 run lead in the 3rd...tie game in the 4th.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    "Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em" - some dude in 1990

    "Okay." - JD Hammer 2021

     

  • Cubster 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hammer hammered?

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/SNYtv/status/1438300733460340738

    bit of an odd pause/delay in the middle of the video for some reason.  there was a better cut video of his baserunning out there, but it seems to have been removed from Twitter.

    long story short, he's as timid about baserunning as he is about throwing a baseball anywhere but to a catcher off of a mound.  we saw a little of that with the cubs, but not piling up a bunch in a single inning.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I searched the internets and struck out finding video of Big Jon's baserunning exploits 

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    i highly suggest seeking out a highlight reel of his baserunning tonight.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Looks like after tonight, Jon Lester will need just one more win to reach 200 career wins - notwithstanding it helps the Redbirds, hope he gets it this year.