Perlaza Slam Powers Cubs to Victory at Salt River Fields
Yonathan Perlaza slugged a grand slam, Alexander Guerra singled and scored, drove-in two runs with two sacrifice flies, and threw-out a runner attempting to steal, Cam Balego collected three singles, and SP Brailyn Marquez hurled five innings of two-hit shutout ball, leading the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Danny Edgeworth belted a two-run triple and scored a run in a losing cause for the Rockies.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Jeffrey Passantino and RHRP Garrett Kelly have been moved-up to South Bend from Extended Spring Training, and RHP Benjamin Rodriguez and SS Fabian Pertuz have been sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (they were assigned to DSL Cubs #1) from Extended Spring Training.
In Cubs Dominican Academy medical news, DSL Cubs #2 LHP Andres Bonalde underwent elbow surgery last month (not sure if it was TJS or something else) and will miss the 2018 season.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-5 (K, 5-3, L-9, F-8, 6-2 FC)
2. Jonathan Sierra, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, BB, BB, E-5, 2 R)
3. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 2-5 (1B, 3-U, K, 2B, K)
4. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-2 (F-8 SF, 1B, K, F-8 SF, R, 2 RBI)
5. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, L-4, BB, R)
6. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, BB, 4-3, R)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, HR, F-8, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI)
8. Cam Balego, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3 DP, 1B)
9. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 1-4 (6-4 FC, L-6, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI)
10. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, K)
1. Brailyn Marquez: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 6/6 GO/AO, 59 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Didier Vargas: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/5 GO/AO, 60 pitches (30 strikes)
3. Fauris Guerrero: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 14 hours 15 min ago (view)
"Yu Darvish threw his new pitch, a two-seam/splitter hybrid, during his first intrasquad game appearance on Saturday.
Darvish, who already had 10 different pitch variations in his arsenal, is calling this new pitch "The Supreme.""
crunch 15 hours 11 min ago (view)
"I've been thinking about it and been thinking about it before we put out that statement," (Terry) Francona said. "I know in the past, when I've been asked about, whether it's our name or the Chief Wahoo, I think I would usually answer and say I know that we're never trying to be disrespectful. And I still feel that way, but I don't think that's a good enough answer today. I think it's time to move forward. It's a very difficult subject. It's also delicate," he said.
Cubster 20 hours 40 sec ago (view)
Two White Sox test positive for Covid. Not yet disclosed who they are. Reminder that the Cubs are going to be scheduled to play the WSox for 6 games.
Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Don't let short-term market fluctuations diminsh your enthusiasm for a great long-term investment.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
freddy freeman + aaron nola are also positive star players.
the scary thing is freeman tested negative on tuesday. by thursday he was sick and tested positive shortly afterwards. some may question the strength of the MLB test if they were the ones who gave freeman's initial negative...
Cubster 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
COVID positive: LeMahieu NYY; Sano MIN; S Perez KC.
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
phillies now have 7 down with covid...freddy freeman (ATL) has symptomatic covid with fever/chills/aches for the past 3 days...some players on multiple teams are still awaiting initial test results so they can join spring training 2.0 with their teams...
also, this photo of pablo sandoval (SF) taking grounders at 3rd... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcHFTylVcAAE5SI?format...
Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Wittenmeyer tweet: Hendricks and Darvish combine for 4 Ks in a pair of scoreless half-innings.
Press box wag: "Cubs hitting sucks this year"
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
2020 schedule to be announced monday (tentative).
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
d.price (LAD) to sit out the season.
LAD isn't going to get d.price at all in 2020 and they got m.betts for 60-ish games until he's a FA. ow. that duo cost them jeter downs, alex verdugo, and connor wong.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
I acquired Trout over the winter in a keeper league. Not feeling too great about that either.
Hagsag 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
the cleveland indians have released a statement that they are open for dialogue about the future of the team's name.
twitter is all over it and seems to be all about going back to "cleveland spiders", an unrelated dead MLB team lineage in cleveland from the 1800s (some guy named cy young played for them).
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade! sigh...
but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
MLB has confirmed 38 positives (players/coaches/personel/etc) so far.
Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters.