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 6 hours 17 min ago (view)
69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st
4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)
alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over. 12 given up in 62.1ip
crunch 6 hours 29 min ago (view)
d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.
cubs are down by 1.
hell of manager power play. hope this plays out well...expect it will.
crunch 7 hours 10 min ago (view)
nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.
crunch 7 hours 26 min ago (view)
haha. ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.
stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.
crunch 7 hours 28 min ago (view)
11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.
i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control. velocity and movement looks great.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 46 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.
Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment.
crunch 9 hours 37 min ago (view)
alzolay activated, k.ryan down. ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday. he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday. odd use of the roster, kinda...
Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
I doubt that whatever changes are made in the new CBA regarding compensation draft picks for losing a Qualified Player will be implemented in the 2022 draft. They might, however, remove the penalty of losing a draft pick after signing a qualified player, and that could easily be implemented in the 2022 draft. That would seem to be a demand the MLBPA would make that the MLB owners could accept.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
W-RAT: Going over the CBT threshhold in 2020 but not in 2021 will not affect which draft pick a club receives if it loses a player who receives a Qualifying Offer post-2021 World Series and that player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 MLB Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft).
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
w.franco getting called up by TB. he's amazing. check him out. agressive at the plate and on the bases (and gets away with it)...rather decent in the field. javy baez meets ronald acuna type stuff...
tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
With the CBA expiring in the off-season, nobody has any idea what will happen in 2022, if there's an MLB season in 2022.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
kinda crazy cubs even matter in 2021 this late in june...also, that the cards are barely playing .500 ball.
cubs were supposed to be "competitive" going into the season, but we were hearing a lot more about who's going to be traded mid-season than how competitive they were/are expected to be.
also, the dbacks are down by 8 runs on their way to their 17th loss in a row. they've only won 20 games this year. AZ games are my go-to late night (east coast over here) preferred viewing and it's been some terrible baseball to watch.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Sorry if this is explained somewhere and I missed it, but who knows the exact compensation the Cubs would get if they made qualifying offers to Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez after the season, all three turned them down and they each signed with different teams? I read that the Cubs exceeded the Luxury Tax in 2020, so apparently that changes the draft pick value. Thanks in advance!
Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Rockies tie game w 6-spot vs Brewers
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
schwarber has 5HR in the last 2 days (3 games) and 9 homers in his last 10 games.
also, t.chatwood picked up a spot save for TOR today.