Pierce Johnson Completes Rehab at Sloan Park
Roberto Caro belted a two-run triple in the first and doubled and scored in the fourth and Robert Garcia doubled twice, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run for the Cubs, and Yan Sanchez hammered a game-tying two-out RBI triple in the 8th for the Diamondbacks, as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie at Sloan Park, and Jazz Chisholm laced a two-run triple and an RBI single and Gerard Hernandez drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single. leading the D'backs to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.
Wladmiir Galindo ripped an RBI double and a single in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #1.
The game at Sloan Park was called by mutual agreement after 8-1/2 innings of play.
RHSP Pierce Johnson (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL with a lat strain) completed his EXST rehab, throwing five innings (72 pitches - 74% strikes) in the game at Sloan Park. Johnson allowed two runs on six hits (two doubles and four singles), struck out six, did not issue any walks (although he did hit a batter), and he retired the last seven men he faced in dominating fashion (K, K, K, 4-3, K, K, F-7). So he's ready to return to the Iowa Cubs, and his next start will very likely be this coming Sunday versus Round Rock in Des Moines or next Monday at Colorado Springs.
LHSP Bryan Hudson started the game for the Cubs on Field #1 and had another poor outing, surrendering six runs on seven hits (five singles and two triples) and three walks in four innings of work. Coupled with his last start versus the Angels in Tempe last week, Hudson has allowed 13 hits and seven walks in his last 6.0 IP.
RHSP Oscar de la Cruz (out of action since Minor League Camp with a right elbow injury) threw an early-morning bullpen side-session, but it was cut-short after only about a half-dozen pitches.
RHRP Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery) did complete his bullpen side-session (he threw at the same time as de la Cruz), and it went well, so he should be returning to game action soon (probably with the AZL Cubs).
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only), followed :by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, DH #1: 2-2 (2B, 2B, BB, BB, R, SB, CS)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 2-3, BB, 4-3, R)
3a. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-2 (3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3b. Ruben Reyes, CF: 1-2 (1B, K, PO)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, L-7, RBI)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (L-8 DP, 6-5 FC, 1B, R)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-3 (P-3, K, 4-3 DP)
7. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (P-6, 1B, P-5)
8. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, K, RBI)
9. Michael Foster, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3, CS)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 0-3 (K, K, F-9)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Pierce Johnson: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 2/5 GO/AO, 72 pitches (53 strikes)
2. Andry Rondon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. LF Kwang-Min Kwon: E-7 (dropped fly ball allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-3 CS
RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX - FIELD #1
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, DH #1: 0-4 (3-U, F-8, F-9, 3-U)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (E-6, F-7, 2B, F-9, 2 R, SB)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-4 (F-7, 4-3, 1B+E9, 1B, R, RBI)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-4 (2B, F-9, 1B, K, RBI)
5. Gustavo Polanco, C: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-9, K)
6. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-4-3 DP, K)
7a. Ricardo Marcano, DH #2: 0-3 (K, K, K)
7b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
8. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 1-3 (6-3 DP, 1B, 6-3, R)
9. Yohan Matos, LF: 1-3 (6-3, 6-3, 2B, RBI)
10. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 4-3, SB)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Bryan Hudson: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 2 GIDP, 5/0 GO/AO, 73 pitches (41 strikes)
2. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 52 pitches (32 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gustavo Polanco: 1-5 CS
ATTENDANCE: 19 (combined - some of the spectators moved back & forth between the two venues)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER:
* bats or throws left
# bats both
18 LIMITED ACTIVITY or PITCHERS REHAB GROUP
Andury Acevedo (INJURY REHAB GROUP - May 2016 knee surgery)
* Jeffry Antigua (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Frank Batista (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2016 knee surgery)
Jordan Brink (INJURY REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Aaron Brooks (ACTIVE REHAB - hip contusion)
Aaron Crow (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
P. J. Francescon
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
* Bryan Hudson
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton
* Jack Leathersich (ACTIVE REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Junior Marte (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
M. T. Minacci
Joe Nathan (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2015 TJS)
* Eugenio Palma
* Manny Parra (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2016 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* C. J. Riefenhauser
* Manny Rondon
* Zac Rosscup (INJURY REHAB GROUP - May 2016 left shoulder surgery)
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)
* Justin Steele
Jen-Ho Tseng (ACTIVE REHAB- right shoulder inflammation)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
# Yeiler Peguero
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - fractured fibula)
* Luis Ayala
# Roberto Caro
# Robert Garcia
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
* D. J. Wilson
Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach)
Jeremy Farrell (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach - Infield Instructor)
Lance Rymel (Rehab Assistant Coach - Catching Instructor)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Rehab Pitching Coach)
Gary Van Tol (Assistant Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach - Outfield Instructor)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR
bradsbeard 1 hour 33 min ago (view)
Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series.
Craig A. 2 hours 31 min ago (view)
I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls.
bradsbeard 5 hours 59 min ago (view)
Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly.
crunch 7 hours 17 min ago (view)
cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.
good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).
crunch 7 hours 53 min ago (view)
...or he won't make it out of the 8th
0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches
there's some great stuff in that arm. mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless. 21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.
crunch 7 hours 59 min ago (view)
crunch 8 hours 3 min ago (view)
rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.
Charlie 8 hours 10 min ago (view)
Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).
crunch 8 hours 13 min ago (view)
back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.
he's not in the zone. he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.
crunch 8 hours 13 min ago (view)
alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.
i wonder what role j.lester will be given. if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all. someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.
crunch 8 hours 17 min ago (view)
dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.
unfortunately, neither were near the plate.
Charlie 8 hours 19 min ago (view)
So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.
crunch 8 hours 20 min ago (view)
Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...
crunch 8 hours 48 min ago (view)
yeah, a.alzolay can keep on throwing that new slider of his...it's been one hell of a thing to watch the past few games. i wonder who taught him (or refined) this quickly effective slider.
the curve is under more control/command, too.
stoked to see b.marquez later this game (assuming he's pitching today as mentioned in an above post).
the cubs producing in-house effective MLB pitching would be nice. alzolay is 2021 ready, but i imagine marquez is more viewed as a 2022 or late 2021 guy.
Charlie 9 hours 41 min ago (view)
I dub this, "The Billy Hamilton Game."
crunch 9 hours 48 min ago (view)
hamilton HR...add that to the "odd stuff in 2020" list...first since 2018.