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!

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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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  • crunch 1 hour 17 min ago (view)

    3 dot crew represent.  i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.

     

  • Charlie 1 hour 25 min ago (view)

    I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!

    Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.

     

  • George Altman 5 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport,  to learn something from the broadcast crew.

    Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't,  and I know about NOTHING about football. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 7 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3.  If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #.  eg - OUTS: 1  It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 20 min ago (view)

    tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 8 hours 42 min ago (view)

    General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 5 min ago (view)

    brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r.  he can opt out of the 2nd year.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 45 min ago (view)

    the national broadcasts on ESPN suffer badly from a lack of "homework" on the teams they're covering.

    yesterday i heard more riffing between the announcers about each other more than the players.  the only thing that saved them from more of that and dead air was in-progress action and player interviews (too many player interviews, but it's spring so whatever).

     

  • Hagsag 13 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Not impressed with ESPN's broadcast. I like Mendoza's work, but how many kids did we have to see rolling around the grass. Good day to see some young players ,but half the time you had no idea who was batting or pitching.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 13 min ago (view)

    cubs game totally not a delay broadcast for ESPN...thanks for that gem heyward.

    dunno if they'll be printing up any "You better have your shit in line" t-shirts, but it's as least as good as "Try not to suck"

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 min ago (view)

    Jason Adam is another who throws short arm. I don't think he was a position player, but maybe falls into the arm injury category?

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil.  Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster. 

    The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.

    Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless there is a wave of pitcher injuries in Spring Training I would think Shelby Miller will probably begin the season at AAA (or at the ATS, since the start of the AAA season is supposely going to be delayed) where he can get stretched out.