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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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 23 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have officially signed C-1B Alberto Mineo to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee. 

    A native of Italy, Mineo was signed by the Cubs as a 16 year old J-2 IFA in November 2010. He was one of three players signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Academy in Turin, Italy in the years 2008-10 (Italian RHP Alex Maestri and  Dutch INF Dwayne Kemp were the other two).

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 11 min ago (view)

    No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    https://images.spot.im/v1/production/gsqady7hf53k5duw7hhf

     

  • tim815 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    He's better than Taylor Davis.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean). 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game: 

    Kyle Hendricks: 
    FB: 84-87 
    CH: 77-80 
    CV: 78-80
    NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now...  just needs to gradually increase innings...   

    Alec Mills: 
    FB: 89-92 
    SL: 80-82 
    CH: 77-80 
    CV: 66-70 
    NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter 

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    he

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting 

     

  • tim815 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.

    Thanks, as always.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.

    I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!

     

  • Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.