Galindo Three-run Blast Highlights Cubs Sweep over Giants

Wladimir Galindo belted a three-run home run and an RBI single, Chris Pieters rifled a two-run double, and Andry Rondon and four relievers combined to toss a five-hit shutout, as the Cubs blanked the Giants 7-0 on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, and RHSP Pedro Silverio hurled five innings of three-hit/one-run ball with no walks & eight strikeouts and Roberto Caro drilled three singles, as the Cubs edged the Giants 4-3 at Sloan Park, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.  

The game on Field #1 was called after seven innings of play, and the game at Sloan Park was called after 6-1/2 innings. 

The EXST Cubs record now stands at 32-16-6. 

With today's outing, Silverio becomes the second Eugene starting pitcher to go five innings (Jesus Castillo was the first, hurling five innings yesterday).  

In EXST Cubs roster news, LHSP Justin Steele (Cubs 2014 5th round pick - George County HS - Lucedale, MS) has been assigned to Extended Spring Training after struggling at South Bend (6.17 ERA - 1.94 WHIP - .308 OppBA - 45 H - 23/37 BB/K in 35 IP - nine GS). Steele will likely be a starting pitcher at Eugene (NWL season begins on June 16th), joining some combination of Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Manny Rondon in the Emeralds rotation (if there isn't room for all of them in the starting rotation, one or two may end up as "piggy-back" relievers). 

Also, RHRP P. J. Francescon has completed his 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension and has been reinstated from the Restricted List. He celebrated his freedom by working two perfect innings on Field #1. Francescon was the closer at AA Tennessee last season, and it's probably just a matter of time before he's back in the Smokies bullpen.

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

SLOAN PARK 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-2, BB, R, SB)
2a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 1-1 (BB, 3B, R, RBI)
2b. Michael Foster, LF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
3. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-2 (2B, BB, 1-3, CS)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-3 (6-4 FC, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, P-4)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 2B, K+WP, R)
7. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 2-3, K, R)
8. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, L-8, RBI)
9. Roberto Caro, CF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, RBI)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH #2: 0-3 (1-3, 5-3, K)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Pedro Silverio: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 1/5 GO/AO, 70 pitches (44 strikes) 
2. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (6 strikes) 
3. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS, 1 PO

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FIELD #1

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:  
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-2 (4-3, BB, BB, K, R)
2. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K, R)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-3 (6-4 FC, 1B, HR, R, 4 RBI)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-2 (L-7, 1-3, HBP)
6. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 1-3 (K, F-7, 1B)
7. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, 6-3 DP, R)
8. Tyler Payne, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3, RBI)
9a. Jose Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (6-4 FC) 
9b. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB, CS)
10. Tyler Pearson, C: 1-3 (E-6, 2B, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (20 strikes)
2. P. J. Francescon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/5 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes) 
3. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 6 pitches (5 strikes) 
5. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (10 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Pearson: 1-2 CS

ATTENDANCE: 12 (combined - some of the spectators moved back & forth between the two venues)  

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

Comments

Phil, How does that 32-16-6 record stack up with previous Cubs EXST seasons? Seems impressive?

CHILDERS: It is impressive.

Cactus League Extended Spring Training (that is, EXST games played against other organizations) has only been in its present form for about 25 years, but the Cubs record this season is the best I can remember, and I've been going to Extended Spring Training regularly/religiously since 1988 (my first EXST was 1978, back when the Cubs minor league HQ was at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale, there was no AZL or DSL, and there were only enough players present at EXST to play "sim" games).  

Phil, if memory serves, Silverio has had some impressive outing this spring. Can you give a scouting report? Also, is Oscar De La Cruz throwing? Thanks!

Ali boom-ba-yay

Forever the greatest. Rest in peace, Muhammed...

K-DUB: Pedro Silverio throws a fastball (sits at 90-92 touches 93) and a curve and he has command of both pitches. His change-up needs work. He has success when he can throw the fastball and curve for strikes, and he has been doing that lately. He has the arm and stamina needed to be a starting pitcher.  

I have not seen Oscar de la Cruz throw yet. 

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