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
The E-Man 3 hours 2 min ago (view)
Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?
crunch 3 hours 15 min ago (view)
c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches
...and it's gone in the 8th. now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.
Eric S 7 hours 5 min ago (view)
Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!
Eric S 7 hours 56 min ago (view)
JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout
Eric S 7 hours 59 min ago (view)
Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)
videographer 9 hours 3 min ago (view)
What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late? 2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %. Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?
crunch 9 hours 34 min ago (view)
post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.
Eric S 10 hours 2 min ago (view)
Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!
Eric S 10 hours 36 min ago (view)
I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks
Eric S 10 hours 38 min ago (view)
His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due.
First.Pitch.120 10 hours 51 min ago (view)
Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power. More than enough power up & down lineup. I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster. Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral.
VirginiaPhil 12 hours 11 min ago (view)
Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs. Hasn't hit more than three in seven years. Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.
VirginiaPhil 12 hours 18 min ago (view)
Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.
Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball." Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.
crunch 12 hours 46 min ago (view)
almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish
First.Pitch.120 13 hours 50 min ago (view)
Jon Jay - Trade Candidate?
I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse.
The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced... with 13 position players including a bench of:
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 27 min ago (view)
He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint a different matter though.