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
Hagsag 2 hours 21 min ago (view)
Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?
Hagsag 2 hours 39 min ago (view)
Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 50 min ago (view)
What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule?
COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."
crunch 9 hours 20 min ago (view)
g.cole - yanks - 9/324m
s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m
a.rendon - angels - 7/245m
boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week. not bad.
crunch 9 hours 27 min ago (view)
still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it. not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.
whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.
on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.
bradsbeard 10 hours 1 min ago (view)
Taijuan Walker is a good candidate.
cubbies.4ever 11 hours 26 min ago (view)
So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery? That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo. Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo. I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.
Charlie 20 hours 8 min ago (view)
I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.
Charlie 20 hours 11 min ago (view)
If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.
crunch 20 hours 28 min ago (view)
i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 6 min ago (view)
Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.
Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs.
jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
jeremy jeffress agrees.
Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
It's high time if you ask me.