Cubs and Angels Tie-Up Loose Ends After Nine

Rafael Mejia walloped a line-drive three-run HR over the LF fence to give the Cubs "B" team a 3-1 lead in the 5th, but Cam Williams (RBI double) and Michael Hermosillo (RBI single) stroked consecutive two-out run-scoring hits in the 7th for the Angels, as the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after nine innings of play. 

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

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Pedro Martinez, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, K, K, F-8, PO)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-4 (K, 6-3, 3-U, 4-3)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1N, BB, 3-1)
4. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (F-8, 5-4-3 DP, BB, E-4)
5. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-4 (K, 2B, K, F-8, R)
6a. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 0-1 (BB, P-6, PO)
6b. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Abraham Rodriguez, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, BB, L-4, R)
8. Rafael Mejia, DH #2: 1-3 (K, HR, K, R, 3 RBI)
9. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
10. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-2 (BB, L-7, 6-3)

CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 4/5 GO/AO, 44 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Danny Hultzen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Ruben Reyes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes)

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 1 
3B Fabian Pertuz: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

As far as Danny Hultzen's one-inning outing today is concerned, he threw 15 pitches (12 strikes) and got four swings & misses on his SL (which was 84-87 today) and his FB was sitting 94-95 (it was 94-97 last time). Three of the four batters he faced were LH hitters, and while he struck out the side (as he has in three of his four outings), he did allow a one-out David Clawson book-rule double (fly ball pulled into RF corner that bounced off warning track and over fence). Among Hultzen's strikeout victims today was MLB rehabber OF Michael Hermosillo (on LAA 60-day IL since Spring Training), who struck out swinging on a slider leading off the 4th. 

Jose Miguel Gonzalez a possiible innings-muncher?

TIM: Could be. JMG is rehabbing from major elbow-area surgery (not sure if it was TJS or something else) from last June, but he got stretched-out with multiple "live" BP and sim game outings over the last six weeks at EXST prior to his start today, and he should be one of the Cubs AZL SP this season (he would have been one last year if not for the season-ending injury sustained during EXST). . 

tim cossins stepping in for b.hyde to manage the O's today.  hyde is at his kid's graduation.

good for him.

len casper and aj pierzynski in the booth is an awful combo so far.

neither seem comfortable playing off each other and there's a lot of comments being followed by dead silence.  aj isn't bad...len is len...not clicking so far, though.

they seem to be trying to figure out how to make it work on the fly.  hopefully it'll warm up after a while.

AJ is quite boring.

he is a bit boring, but he's surprisingly more humble and self-deprecating for the sake of a laugh than i expected him to be.  that said, he doesn't offer a whole lot of excitement.

AJ isnt much, but he is better than Aroid!

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  • QuietMan 1 hour 14 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 1 hour 28 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Mike Wellman 3 hours 37 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 58 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 4 hours 31 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 8 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 50 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 36 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 46 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 45 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 53 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 53 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 20 hours 59 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 31 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.