Padre Pick-Ups Pace Cubs at Salt River Fields

Yeison Santana went 4-4 (solo HR and three singles) and scored three runs, Owen Caissie drilled two doubles and a single, drew a walk, scored a run, and  knocked-in two, Felix Stevens blasted a two-run HR, Jose Lopez belted a two-run triple, and SP Porter Hodge fired 3.1 IP of shutout ball, as the Cubs demolished the Rockies 13-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game was called after 7-1/2 innings of play.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

1. Ismael Mena, CF: 1-5 (4-3, 2B, K, E-7, K, R, RBI)
2. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-3 (5-3, F-8 SF, K, 4-3, BB, R, RBI)
3. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-4 (L-5, 1B, HBP, P-5, K, 2 R, SB)
4. Owen Caissie, RF-DH: 3-4 (BB, 2B, 1B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Felix Stevens, DH: 2-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, HR, L-5, R, 2 RBI, CS)   
5b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 0-0 (BB, R) 
6a. Matt Warkentin, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, HBP, 1B, R) 
6b. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
7a. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-3 (F-8, 6-4 FC, K) 
7b. Jose O. Lopez, LF: 1-2 (L-8, 3B, 2 RBI)
8a. Yeison Santana, 2B: 4-4 (1B, HR, 1B, 1B, 3 R, RBI)
8b. Wally Soto, 2B: 0-1 (L-3) 
9. Yovanny Cuevas, LF-RF: 0-3 (HBP, F-8, F-9, K, R) 


1. Porter Hodge: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 3/5 GO/AO, 51 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Alberto Sojo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Joel Machado: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 


Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS 


: Sunny with temperatures 110+ 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 



AZPhil! Hope all is well!

What's the deal with Joel Machado? Did he have TJ back in 2019 or did the Cubs just hold him back? At least he was stateside, could see him as one of the ACL clubs' better pitchers hopefully 

KKvG: LHP Joel Machado was a high-profile J-2 16-year old signed by the Cubs out of Venezuela in July 2018.

He arrived at EXST in Mesa in 2019 and was not very impressive, displaying a BP-type 83-86 MPH FB and a hanging CV. He did not pitch in the DSL or in the AZL in 2019, although I don't know if that was because of his stuff or an injury.

He was at AZ Instructs post-2020 but did not pitch in any games. I would presume he was probably metriculating in the Pitch Lab. 

He was not at Minor League Camp in April, but I have seen him throw to hitters three times so far at EXST, an intrasquad "sim" game and two Cactus League EXST games. He was hit hard in the "sim" game and in the first Cactus League EXST game last week vs AZ, but he was much better yesterday vs COL. 

Thanks, esp didn't know he was at instructs last year. I saw this clip in 2019:

with ugly swings and some whiffs, plus yeah remember him being regarded some

Anything new on velocity? Should be some more 90s by now

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  • Hagsag 29 min 7 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.


  • Eric S 7 hours 19 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 8 hours 20 min ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 


  • crunch 9 hours 49 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 52 min ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!


  • crunch 10 hours 11 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 10 hours 46 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.


  • bradsbeard 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 13 hours 54 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  


  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 38 min ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.