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"
Hagsag 3 hours 3 min ago (view)
crunch 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
it probably had nothing to do with len leaving, but Marquee can get rid of that "we're all wearing suits and we're classy as hell" look.
i loved len and bob...len and jd i was only warming up to in the past couple years. either way, gonna miss len.
crunch 13 hours 22 min ago (view)
*laura ricketts has entered the chat*
crunch 13 hours 23 min ago (view)
the claim is he "really wants to do radio" and "totally nothing wrong with Marquee"...etc etc
but yeah...the team is having a hell of an offseason having theo walk away with a year left on his deal, semi-embarrassingly trying to find a taker for bryant, deciding to not keep schwarber, and now the long-time cubs pbp TV guy leaves for a radio gig across town.
all of this and the cubs are yet to be linked to any FA discussions...or names for a GM hunt...or a pool of teams actually interested in bryant...or anything resembling a 2021 plan so far...
Eric S 13 hours 25 min ago (view)
Thom Brennaman - a longtime Cub fan favorite - would fit Marquee to a T 🤣
Charlie 13 hours 28 min ago (view)
My appreciation of Len has waned since 2016. But he and JD have been my favorite Cubs broadcast crew in the ~25 years I've paid close attention.
I wasn't thrilled about the few changes that came along with Marquee this year.
Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 2 min ago (view)
I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.
However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team
crunch 23 hours 39 min ago (view)
is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021? ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!
(And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)
Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Wrigley Rat 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.
Charlie 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.
Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?).
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point
waveland 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
really appreciate the years and years of your updates
Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS.