Pierce Johnson Continues Rehab at Riverview Park

Gerard Hernandez belted an RBI triple and an RBI single and scored two runs, Ramon Hernandez tripled twice, scored a run, and drove-in two more, and Jazz Chisholm drilled an RBI single and an RBI double, leading the Diamondbacks to an 11-6 victory over the Cubs on Field #1, and Wladimir Galindo singled and tripled, reached base on an HBP, and scored both Cub runs, as the Cubs and D'backs played to a 2-2 tie on Field #2, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.   

Jose Paniagua went 4-4 (all four hits were singles) and drove-in two runs and Isaac Paredes doubled, singled, walked, and scored a run for the Cubs in a losing cause on Field #1. 

RHSP Pierce Johnson (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL since May 5th--retro to May 3rd--with a lat strain) got the start on Field #1 and did not fare well, allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits (including a triple and a double) and three walks in 3.1 IP (61 pitches). He did strike out five, however. One more EXST rehab start in which he pitches five innings and gets his pitch count up to 75-80, and Johnson should be ready to return to the I-Cubs starting rotation.   

RHSP Jesus Castillo (one of two pitchers acquired from Arizona in the Tony Campana trade in February 2013) had a far better outing on Field #2 than did Johnson on Field #1, working five innings (71 pitches) and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out four and did not issue any walks, although he did hit a batter. So Castillo becomes the first of the Eugene starters to go five innings (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, and Jose Paulino fell short earlier in the week, with Pedro Silverio and Manny Rondon yet to try). Castillo got through the first four innings on only 44 pitches while facing just ten batters, but he needed 27 pitches to get through the 5th (just barely), successfully working out of a runners at 2nd & 3rd and no outs jam (with Enrique de los Rios warmed-up & ready to go in the pen).   

Here are the abridged box scores from the games (Cubs players only): 

FIELD #1

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Ruben Reyes, LF: 1-4 (4-3, 4-3, 1B, 6-3, R)
2. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 2-4 (4-3, 1B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-3 (1B, L-6, BB, 5-3, RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, DH #1: 4-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI, PO)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 2-3 (2B, BB, 5-4 FC, 1B, R)
6. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-4 (F-8, F-8, L-5, 4-6 FC) 
7. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-2 (1B, HBP, 6-3, R, RBI)
8. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-3 (L-9, 4-3, F-8)
9. Michael Foster, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, 6-3, F-8)
10. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, P-2, 2 R, RBI) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ITCHERS
1. Pierce Johnson: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 61 pitches (45 strikes) 
2. Luis Aquino: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 16 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 52 pitches (32 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1 
3B Vimael Machin: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-2 CS

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FIELD #2 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, CF: 0-2 (K, P-6, BB)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 5-U FC, F-8)
3. Chris Pieters, DH #1: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, F-9)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 3B, HBP, 2 R, CS)
5. Gustavo Polanco, 1B-C: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, RBI)
6. Kevin Zamudio, C-1B: 0-2 (K, 4-3, F-9 SF DP, RBI)
7. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, 6-3)
8. Ricardo Marcano, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, F-7, 4-3)
9. Yohan Matos, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 4-3)
10. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-2 (1B, P-4)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Jesus Castillo: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 4/6 GO/AO, 71 pitches (44 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (22 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
1B Gustavo Polanco: E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "B"" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Kevin Zamudio: 1-2 CS 
2. Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

 WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

Comments

Phil Did you ever go to Woodshed on Dobson and University?

JACOS: I've seen the place but I've never been there. 

Good chicken wings

JACOS: I will check it out. Thanks. 

Also cool sports bar

"Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wouldn't commit to Julio Urias making his next start." doh...also, not very surprising. he's looked about as good as his numbers show.

Fucking Fish Leading Pirates 3-2 top 9. 2 outs. Hbp, wild pitch, Jaso singles in tying run...

Completely unrelated to anything, Starlin Castro just made an absolutely sick. clutch turn of a double play at second in NYY/Det.  Bases loaded and down by two against Chapman, Gregorious snagged a sharp bouncer, and gave a glove-shovel toss to second, behind Castro.  He twists against the direction he's running to barehand it, while stepping on the bag and twisting back around while throwing a bullet to first with a knee almost touching the bag. Wouldn't have believed it was Castro if they hadn't shown me a close-up of him.

He was also blowing a bubble gum bubble at same time. /no joke

Missed that the first time. Good call.  Here it is.

Whoa. I could do that. Except I can't blow bubbles.

"Go Fish" And...they beat the Bucs bottom 12, Yelich doubles in winner.

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  • crunch 9 hours 47 min ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.

     

  • Hagsag 9 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 42 min ago (view)

    arrieta threw a pen today (saturday)

     

  • crunch 14 hours 19 min ago (view)

    beth and jd in the booth today.  beth had a great debut earlier in the year with very positive fan feedback for her work + homework.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 28 min ago (view)

    decided to check in on corey black to see if anyone has signed that waste of space.  dont think anyone has yet.

    he might want to remove the photo of the proud boys leader he has on his twitter as aggressively as he's removed some of his weird hot takes from the past.  actually, he should keep it there.  it will give him a reason to feel like a victim and that seems to be very important to him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    no hitter!  4 in MLB on the season...2 have been vs CLE

    114 pitches.

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    ...and CIN takes the lead because CLE is stupid...giving up a run on a throwing error followed by balking another runner in.

    miley gonna get his shot for a no-hitter win.

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    w.miley (CIN) has a no-hitter through 8ip...0-0 game...106 pitches (season high)

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    after this past off-season that is the most logical gut reaction.

    there's a lot of people out there rooting for kimbrel and bryant to have a good season as a backup plan (or main plan) for the 2021 season.

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Is it bad that my gut reaction was that I'm glad they didn't panic and risk injuring a valuable trade chip? Just keep him rested and healthy.   

     

  • champsummers 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    ah.

    thanks!

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Jordan Horrobin  @JordanHorrobin
    #Cubs David Ross says Craig Kimbrel was "just down" today and that not having Kimbrel in the ninth was not injury related. 
    He also said he expects Kimbrel to be available tomorrow.

     

  • champsummers 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    it certainly was....

    wonder why Kimbrel didnt't come in?

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    that was -way- too much drama.

    cubs move to .500, though.  woo.

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    This top of the 9th is going from better, to bad, to worse.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Least painful to lose if they don't want to keep a 40-man spot tied up?