A's Trounce Cubs at Fitch Park
Jhonny Rodriguez (RBI single), Eric Marinez (two-run double), Jesus Lage (two-run double), Steven Pallares (RBI double), Carlos Hiciano (RBI single), Javier Godard (RBI triple), and Luis Barrera (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight an 18-hit attack, helping the Athletics bash the Cubs 11-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Kevonte Mitchell belted a two-run home run and Vimael Machin drilled an RBI triple to highlight a three-run first inning for the Cubs, but that was all the scoring the Cubs could muster.
RHSP Aaron Brooks (On Cubs MLB 15-day DL since Spring Training with a hip contusion) continued his EXST rehab, starting the game and working 2.2 IP (54 pitches). He allowed three runs on six hits (four singles, two doubles, and a triple), did not issue any walks, and struck out three (all three swinging) with a 2/2 GO/AO.
The game was called by mutual consent after eight innings of play.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-2 (BB, F-9, K, BB, CS)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (BB, 3-U, F-8, 3-U, R)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-3 (HR, K, BB, K, R, 2 RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, L-1 DP, K, R)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-3 (F-7, F-9, K)
6. Vimael Machin, 3B: 1-2 (3B, K, BB, RBI)
7. Michael Foster, DH #1: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, BB)
8. Roberto Caro, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, 3-1)
9. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, 3-U, BB)
10. Jhonny Pereda, DH #2: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 1-4-3 DP, CS)
1. Aaron Brooks: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 54 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Javier Assad: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 5/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Mark Malave: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 1/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (13 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Isaac Paredes: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alberto Mineo: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
erich081 3 hours 39 min ago (view)
Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.
Eric S 3 hours 55 min ago (view)
Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season
Arizona Phil 5 hours 19 min ago (view)
RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.
Charlie 5 hours 40 min ago (view)
Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?
crunch 6 hours 39 min ago (view)
i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.
Charlie 7 hours 7 min ago (view)
Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.
crunch 7 hours 53 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills
ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow. also, i could do with less almora.
QuietMan 14 hours 9 min ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,
George Altman 14 hours 23 min ago (view)
Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.
Mike Wellman 16 hours 32 min ago (view)
I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 53 min ago (view)
Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!
i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.
Charlie 17 hours 26 min ago (view)
Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.
He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.
That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.
Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?