Denorfia and Dunston Help Cubs Salvage Tie at Riverview

Chris Denorfia (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - strained hamstring) belted an RBI double, walked, and scored a run and Shawon Dunston Jr (on Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-day DL - right shoulder injury) doubled, stole two bases, and scored a run for the Cubs, and Jesus Lopez drilled a two-run single, doubled, and walked and Vicmal de la Cruz singled, doubled, and scored a run for the Athletics, as the Cubs and A's played to a 5-5 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

RHP Pierce Johnson (on AA Tennessee7-day DL with a lat strain) continued his EXST rehab, working three innings (37 pitches) for the Cubs and allowing two runs on four hits (two doubles and two singles) and no walks, with three strikeouts (all three swinging) and a 4/2 GO/FO. Johnson had excellent command today and threw a high percentage of strikes (71%). His fastball velocity sat consistenty at 92 MPH (max), with only an occasional drop-off to 91.  

18-year old Colombian RHP Erling Moreno (2014 TJS) made his second game appearance in a week. The 6'3 righthander allowed two hits (a single and a double) in 1.2 IP, and successfully escaped a "runner at 3rd and out out" situation. Moreno's fastball velocity sat at 89-90 (down a couple of MPH from last week), but he displayed outstanding command of all of his pitches, most noteworthy an advanced change-up (unusual for an 18-year old) 

Cubs 2014 5th round draft pick RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS) also made his second game appearance in a week (he faced the A's at Fitch Park last Monday), but he did not fare as well as Moreno. While he only allowed one run, he also allowed six of the ten batters he faced to reach base (three singles and three walks, plus a WP) in just 1.1 IP. Cease's fastball velocity was at 95-97 MPH in both innings, down a couple of ticks from his outing last week when he touched 99.

Prior to the Cactus League EXST game, RHP Marcelo Carreno (post-2013 shoulder surgery) and RHP Trey Masek (2014 shoulder surgery) squared-off in a two-iining "sim" game on Field #3.   

Here is the abridged box score from today's Cactus League EXST game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH #1: 1-4 (F-8, E-6, 2B, P-6, R, 2 SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIFTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 
2. Chris Denorfia, LF-DH: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, K, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIFTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-5 (1B, F-9, E-5, K, K, R)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, K, 1B, R)
5. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-4 (E-4, 2B, K, 3-1, R)
6a. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (F-7, E-5)
6b. Alberto Mineo, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI)
7a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-2 (F-9, 6-3) 
7b. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-2 (4-3, 1B) 
8. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, P-3, K)
9. Roberto Caro, DH-LF: 0-1 (BB, L-6, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-4 (1-3, K, K+WP, 5-3)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Pierce Johnson: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/FO, 38 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Erling Moreno: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Dylan Cease: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO , 40 pitches (22 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/FO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
SS Carlos Sepulveda: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperaturs 100+ 

ATTENDANCE: 5 

Comments

Thanks, Phil. Great news on Johnson!

was going through old posts out of boredom...this gem came up featuring Z... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDZPN0mjaAA

RE: Aroldis Chapman. A few weeks ago, Jeff Sullivan did a story trying to determine the mid-summer trade value of Aroldis Chapman. Basically, there are no great comps in recent history. The closest he came up with was Craig Kimbrel, but I think that's much different for a few reasons, most importantly Upton's salary dump. Anyways, Sullivan decided he think Chapman's value is a top 30-50ish overall prospect, plus another interesting upside guy. In Cubdom, that means it would be Chapman to the Cubs for one of Almora or Edwards, plus one of Stinnett, Sands, or Cease (or someone of similar value). I think I'll take that deal if I'm the Cubs. I don't know if the Reds make that deal, which makes me think Sullivan's projection is off. For the record, Chapman is earning $8.05M this year and is eligible for arb again this winter. It's 1.5 years of team control.

Interesting, but I don't think I would do that deal.

So I was reading that Rob Neyer article in the Twitter feed and he makes so many mistakes. Is he normally that bad? Never really read him.

Castro's HomeRun trot is RIDICULOUS. Maybe the slowest I have ever seen. What goes on in his head? I defend him, I like him, but some of Castro is truly inexplicable.

First home run since May 8th. He was pacing himself to be sure he could complete the entire distance.

"What goes on in his head?" Not a lot of metabolism going on in there, and most of it expended in gum-chewing. (C'mon, guys, lighten up. If you can't call a dumb player dumb, what's the point of talking? Fortunately, we don't acquire players like that any more.)

if he can chew gum and walk at the same time he's not that dumb. oh yeah, he don't take walks.

Watching Ronny Cedeno all those years ago made me lower the bar on what it meant to be a dumb player. I see the stuff Castro does but then I think "that wasn't as bad as what Cedeno used to do". Geez, that guy was a baseball idiot.

So when is the Edwin Jackson ordeal gonna end?

Either when he is traded or after the trade deal line when he is DFA'ed.

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  • crunch 44 min 36 sec ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q

     

  • crunch 2 hours 5 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 

     

  • crunch 21 hours 41 min ago (view)

    at least...

     

  • Charlie 22 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out

    phew.

    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.

    sweeeeeeeet.