Lew Wolff Tough Host at Fitch Park
Javier Godard doubled, singled twice, scored twice, and drove-in the winning run with a squeeze bunt, as the Athletics rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th and hung-on to edge the Cubs 6-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
The Cub cause was aided by Vimael Machin (drilled two singles and a triple, scored a run, and knocked-in another), Rafael Mejia (belted an RBI double, singled, walked, and stole a base), and Michael Foster (singled twice, walked, stole a base, scored a run, drove-in a run, and threw out an A's hitter 7-4 trying to stretch a single into a double), but the bullpen could not hold the lead for the second day in a row.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-5 (3-U, K, 5-3, P-5, F-7 DP)
2. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-3 (BB, 2B, F-8, K, R, RBI)
3. Vimael Machin, 2B: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 3B, R, RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-4 (K, K, K, P-5)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, RF-DH: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, 6-3, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Michael Foster, LF: 2-3 (BB, L-9, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
7. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 2-3 (BB, 2B, 1B, 3-1, RBI, SB)
8. Alberto Mineo, DH-C: 1-3 (BB, K, 4-3, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 1-3 (4-3 DP, BB, K, 1B)
10. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH-RF: 0-2 (F-7. BB, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
11. Eric Gonzalez, C-DH: 1-3 (1B, F-9, K, BB, R)
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 64 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 3/0 GO/AO, 42 pitches (25 strikes)
3. John Michael Knighton: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/0 GO/AO, 40 pitches (30 strikes)
4. Jose Leidenz: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Eric Gonzalez: E-2 (fielding error on "swinging bunt" allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 2-4 CS, 1 E (see above)
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Michael Foster - batter thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 min ago (view)
Neither Robert Stock nor Duane Underwood Jr have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, although both will be minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series if the player is either not added back to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to the deadline.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 6 min ago (view)
Here are some pitching info from today's game for those of you who didn't see it:
COMMENT: Threw mostly FB and looked sharp... thought he might go two IP but it was at least a good start..
COMMENT: Lots of FB and he got good results with the limited arsenal he showed today..
COMMENT: Nothing special but got a 1-2-3 inning...
crunch 5 hours 8 min ago (view)
looked sharp as hell today with a groundout to 1st and a couple Ks.
crunch 5 hours 31 min ago (view)
odd with JD in the booth without len...nice to see the cubs back in action.
sciambi is a nice replacement. can't complain.
crunch 6 hours 45 min ago (view)
maples, the unpolished diamond...maybe he'll figure it out in his 5th year of trying...
so far he's dollar store discount bin carlos marmol.
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 54 min ago (view)
Stock clears waivers, is now NRI. Duane Underwood loses his 40 man spot to Tepera. I find it shocking that he was cut over Maples, but I'm sure Maples gets the boot before Opening Day, too.
videographer 10 hours 40 min ago (view)
Baseball America came out with a list of the top 2021-22 international singing class of 16 year olds and the Cubs were not list with any of the top 20. I guess Tom Ricketts decided to pass next year on future Latin talent.
Rob Richardson 13 hours 39 min ago (view)
I hear he dogs it, and is a bit of a hot dog.
Jackstraw 23 hours 22 min ago (view)
No matter how well he performs this spring, the smart play is still to send him down to Des Moines. Delay his service clock for a month or six weeks, get seven extra years of team control.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.
very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to. time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
The DFA of Robert Stock to make room for Kyle Ryan coming off the CoViD-related IL wil need to be followed by removing another player on the 40 to make room for Ryan Tepera.
It's possible somebody (like a pitcher) is injured to the extent that he might be placed on the 60-day IL, or else maybe somebody else will go on the CoViD-related IL (which is 40-man roster exempt) in the coming days to make room for Tepera.
Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.
Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.
they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.
blah blah spring training...
baseball on TV...neat.
First.Pitch.120 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
We just traded for Maddux!!! ......... nope, the other one.