Heath Bars Cubs from Victory at Riverview

Nick Heath belted a HR on the first pitch of the game, led-off the inning with a triple and scored in the 4th, and walked, stole 2nd base, and scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the 8th, Junior Franco smacked a two-run triple in the 6th, Ben DeLuzio laced the two-out 8th inning RBI triple that drove-in Heath with the deciding run,.and SP Jean Marcelino hurled 2.2 IP of one-hit ball, helping the Diamondbacks edge the Cubs 6-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Heath is on the AAA Reno 7-day IL and is on a rehab assignment at EXST. 

Felix Stevens blasted a game-tying three-run HR over the scoreboard in left-centerfield in the 7th, and SP Tyler Schlaffer tossed four innings of two-hit ball for the Cubs in a losing cause. (The two hits surrendered by Schlaffer were the Nick Heath HR in the top of the 1st and the Nick Heath lead-off triple in the top of the 4th). The Stevens HR was his second dinger in four EXST games, and both were moon shots.  

In 13 PA over the course of the Cubs first four EXST games, Owen Caissie has reached base ten times (four doubles, three singles, and three walks), and there was nothing cheap-o about any of the hits, either.   

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

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

1. Tyler Schlaffer: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/AO,  51 pitches (34 strikes) 
2. Gregori Montano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Alberto Sojo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 

1. 1B Matt Warkentin - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
2. 3B Shendrik Apostel - E-5 (errant to throw to 2nd base on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

Miguel Fabrizio: 1-2 CS 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy and breezy with temperatures 115+ 


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

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  • crunch 8 hours 4 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...


  • Cubster 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...



  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).