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