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):
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
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
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
crunch 7 hours 32 min ago (view)
kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.
very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to. time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.
crunch 8 hours 12 min ago (view)
Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)
Arizona Phil 18 hours 2 min ago (view)
The DFA of Robert Stock to make room for Kyle Ryan coming off the CoViD-related IL wil need to be followed by removing another player on the 40 to make room for Ryan Tepera.
It's possible somebody (like a pitcher) is injured to the extent that he might be placed on the 60-day IL, or else maybe somebody else will go on the CoViD-related IL (which is 40-man roster exempt) in the coming days to make room for Tepera.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 37 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.
Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.
they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.
blah blah spring training...
baseball on TV...neat.
First.Pitch.120 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
We just traded for Maddux!!! ......... nope, the other one.
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the trade...it's practically asking to be written that way.
jeff passan did it quite well... https://twitter.com/jeffpassan/status/136577746706...
that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).
Charlie 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!
crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.
i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.
Charlie 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
This is a straight up troll
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.
ptbn from the josh osich deal.
totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.
Hagsag 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal
crunch 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...
first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.
radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised. the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.
crunch 5 days 5 hours ago (view)
dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.
looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.