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): 

CUBS LINEUP
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)

CUBS PITCHERS
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 

ATTENDANCE: 2 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Attendance: Phil and a friend!

Tough day for Mr. "Bread and Water", eh PHIL?

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    a 22 month old.

    a'ite.  i'm done with Earth.  going to Pluto.  don't bother visiting or calling.  later.

     

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  • Wrigley Rat 6 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Cubbies.4ever - I read that the Cubs strategy with international free agents has been to spend most of their bonus money on young, position players and then take chances on cheaper, older pitching prospects who have been late bloomers (taller, stronger, more command of pitches, etc.). They are also grabbing guys at the end of the international signing period and signing them to future service contracts. They have six pitchers that were signed last year to future service contracts, and only one position player.

     

  • cubbies.4ever 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Cubs IFA Signings are heavy on SS (given SS usually can play many positions as the develop), but only 1 pitcher.  Given it's still early.  Also disappointing that their best signing is #18.  Gone are the days of Soler, Eloy, Torres, Marquez, Amaya etc.  I believe Christian Hernandez last year was highly rated though.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 4 hours ago (view)

    One more international free agent signing announced today: Daniel Benschop, OF, Aruba

     

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    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)? 

     

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  • CubsCentral08 1 week 2 days ago (view)

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  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 2 days ago (view)

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  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 2 days ago (view)

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