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):
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
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
Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 11 min ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 13 hours 13 min ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 6 days 15 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 2 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.