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 5 hours 50 min ago (view)

    ex-cub and fun baseball dude Jay Johnstone has died.  74 years old (dementia, COVID).

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.