Giants Rally to Edge Cubs at Riverview
1B (ex-LHP) Nick Jones reached base four times (two singles and two walks) and drove-in what proved to be the game-winning run, Nathaniel Javier drilled a two-run double, singled, and scored two runs, and Julio Pena singled twice, knocked-in two runs, and scored another, as the Giants rallied from a 7-2 deficit to edge the Cubs 8-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
Eloy Jimenez belted a solo HR, Adonis Paula hammered a two-run double, singled twice, and scored a run, and Shawon Dunston Jr singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs for the Cubs in a losing cause.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only)
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH #1: 2-5 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC, K, K, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2a. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-4 FC, F-8, RBI)
2b. Roberto Caro, PH: 0-1 (K)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (BB, F-8, F-8, K, R)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-4 (K, HR, 6-3, F-9, R, RBI)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 3-4 (2B+E7, 5-3, 1B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
6. Joey Martarano, 1B: 0-3 (L-8, E-1, HBP, K)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-4 (F-7, 1B, K, 1B, CS)
8. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-4 (1B, 3-U, 3-1, K)
9. Yohan Matos, C-DH: 1-4 (5-4 FC, P-1, K, 2B, R)
10. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, BB, 1-3, F-8, R, RBI)
1. Pierce Johnson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 56 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Corbin Hoffner: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 21 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Trey Masek: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
5. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 39 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's
crunch 1 hour 4 min ago (view)
top 9th, 1 out, men on 1st/2nd...alec mills steps to the plate.
they're down by 13 runs. i want to end this, too.
Wrigley Rat 2 hours 10 min ago (view)
Really good stuff here from Marty Pevey (Iowa Cubs Manager, Acting Manager of South Bend): https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/bas...
Eric S 3 hours 32 sec ago (view)
If Chatwood can provide two excellent starts for each turkey I can live with that
crunch 3 hours 6 min ago (view)
i dont like august 6th, 2020 chatwood.
i've liked other recent versions, though.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 11 min ago (view)
Without an actual minor league season to use for evaluation purposes, I think the likely Cubs 40-man roster adds on 11/20 will be from this group and probably in this order (and no more than seven, possibly eight):
crunch 3 hours 26 min ago (view)
this digital crowd is creepy as hell. at least it's not for the whole game.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 33 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed veteran RHRP Kelvin Herrera to a minor league contract and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool and has been assigned to the Cubs Practice Squad in South Bend.
Herrera was released by the White Sox last Sunday, so he should be ready to roll right away if he is needed.
bradsbeard 7 hours 41 min ago (view)
Tommy Birch with the Des Moines Register just interviewed Martin Peavy about what's going on at South Bend. Some intriguing updates on some of the prospects down there as well as details about what they are doing. They could really use Short for scrimmage purposes
Eric S 8 hours 54 min ago (view)
Thanks, AZ Phil!
Arizona Phil 9 hours 26 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I doubt that any club will go below 14 pitchers (with at least nine relievers), and the Cubs could go up to 15 (or 16) pitchers once Jose Quintana (and Brad Wieck) return, especially if the Cubs eventually go with a six-man rotation (as I suspect they will, given the heavy work-load the SP will need to provide what with the questionable bullpen).
bradsbeard 9 hours 33 min ago (view)
Interesting. That's good to know for roster construction purposes.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 52 min ago (view)
ERIC S: Other than assigning one catcher (who can serve as a bullpen catcher) to the Taxi Squad at home game, the Taxi Squad can only be used on road trips
On the Cubs trip to Cincinnati last week, the Cubs definitely carried catcher Jose Lobaton, INF-OF Hernan Perez, and an unnamed pitcher (probably Colin Rea, because he was recalled while the Cubs were still in Cincinnati).
Arizona Phil 10 hours 51 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARDE: The limit on the number of pitchers who can be on a club's MLB Active List roster (which was going to be 13 on a 26-man roster if CoViD-19 hadn't happened) has been suspended and so clubs can carry as many pitcherrs as they wish in 2020.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 53 min ago (view)
The thing with Zack Short not being assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool (and to the Practice Squad) is odd, because he would have been one of only two legit MLB-ready (or near MLB-ready) shortstops on the Practice Squad (utility man Hernan Perez being the other one). So now al they have is H. Perez.
It can't be because of roster limit concerns because they could have left off Christopher Morel or ine of the younger pitchers to make room for Z. Short.
bradsbeard 10 hours 58 min ago (view)
Not Phil and I don't know what the South Bend guys are doing besides scrimaging or live BP. But I do know Short is not there (I'm still not sure why he's not there other than trying not to use up all the roster space available).
bradsbeard 11 hours 16 sec ago (view)
Is there a limit on number of pitchers that you know of? The Cubs dropped down to 14 with the Steele and Brothers options, and I'm wondering if that is the max they can carry going forward.