Cubs Take Two from D'backs at Talking Stick

P. J. Higgins belted a two-run HR, a double, and a single, Roberto Caro reached base six times (a double, an RBI single, three walks, and an E-6), stole a base, and scored a run, Andruw Monasterio singled twice, walked, and scored three runs, and Enrique de los Rios tossed 4.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball, as the AZL Cubs pounded the AZL Diamondbacks 12-1 in the completion of a game suspended on July 5th, and Angelo Amendolare doubled, singled, and drove-in two runs and Jose Paniagua clubbed a two-run home run to lead the AZL Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the AZL Diamondbacks in the regularly-scheduled game that followed, in Arizona League action Tuesday night on Whilrlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Sciottsdale, AZ. 

The Cubs - Diamonbacks AZL game on July 5th at Whirlwind Field was suspended in the top of the 1st inning with one out and the Cubs leaduing 3-0 due to a medical enmergency. A person attending the game suffered a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest, and the game was halted while the Cubs & D'backs trainers performed emergency CPR until Salt River Fire Dept paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, the person could not be resuscitated, and so AZL Cubs Manager Carmelo Martinez, AZL Diamondbacks Manager Mike Benjamin, and the two umpires met at home plate and decided it would be best to just suspend the game and send everybody home. The players, managers, coaches, umpires, scouts, and many of the spectators who were there that night knew the person who very suddenly passed away in front of their eyes, and so it really wasn't possible to continue playing the game that night. 

Even the completion of the suspended game once it got going again last night was further delayed another 25 minutes in the fourth inning after the home plate umpire took a foul tip off his mask and had to leave the game with concussion symptoms. So while the players, managers and coaches were basically just standing around, the base umpire hurried back to his car to retrieve his home plate umpire gear, and then he disappeared into the Diamondbacks clubhouse to change into the outfit (which took even more time), after-which he umpired the game by himself (from behind home plate) for the final five innings (and nobody gave him any shit, either). .   

Here is the abridged box score from the suspended game from July 5th that was completed last night (Cubs players only) 

NOTE: The "official" box score at is WRONG. Wladimir Galindo had two RBI (NOT one) on a two-run double in the top of the 1st inning back on July 5th, and Jose Paniagua was 2-3 (not 3-5) with one RBI (NOT two), because his first inning 6-3 GO on 7/5 did not drive-in a run, and then Varonex Cuevas pinch-hit for Paniagua in the top of the 6th and stayed in the game and played 1st base and went 1-2 with a walk, a triple, and a strikeout (and a run scored) over the last four innings. Except Varonex Cuevas is not even listed as having been in the game in the box score at! It shows Jose Paniagua doing everything he did plus everything Cuevas did. The Cubs lineup is correct in my abridged box score below. 

1. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-3 (E-6, 2B, BB, BB, 1B, BB, R, RBI, SB)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-5 (1B, BB, F-8, 1B, 6-3, 6-4 FC, 3 R)
3a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-1 (2B, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Galindo batted once in game before it was suspended - he is presently on 60-day DL
3b. P. J. Higgins, 3B:  3-5 (HR, 2B, 6-4 FC, 4-3, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4a. Jose Paniagua, LF-1B: 2-3 (4-3, 2B, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
4b. Varonex Cuevas, PH-1B: 1-2 (BB, 3B, BB, R)
5a. Alex Bautista, RF; 1-1 (1B, RBI)
NOTE: Bautista batted once in game before it was suspended - he is presently at Eugene
5b. Michael Foster, PR-RF: 1-3 (3-U, BB, 4-6 FC, 2B, L-8 SF, R, 2 RBI)
6a. Joey Martarano, 1B: NO AB
NOTE: Martarano was in original starting lineup but he did not bat before game was suspended - he is presently at South Bend
6b. Donnie Cimino, PH-LF: 0-5 (6-3 DP, F-8 SF, F-7, 6-3, P-4, K, RBI)
7a. Jhonny Pereda, DH: NO AB
NOTE: Pereda was in original starting lineup but he did not bat before game was suspended - he is presently on 60-day DL
7b. Yohan Matos, PH-DH: 2-5 (K, 6-3, 1B, E-5, 2B, R, RBI) 
8. Tyler Payne, C: 0-4 (L-7, L-8, 6-3, P-1, BB)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 2B-3B: 1-4 (1B, F-8, 6-3, BB, 6-4 FC) 

1. James Norwood: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 pitches
NOTE: Norwood was the starting pitcher but he did not pitch before game was suspended - he is presently at South Bend
2. Enrique de los Rios: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/6 GO/FO, 60 pitches (37 strikes) 
3. Trey McNutt: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (4 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/FO, 37 pitches (26 strikes) 
5. Heath Dwyer: 1.0: 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)

3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Carlos Jimenez was thrown out 9-3-2 attempting to score from 1st base on a double into RF corner with two outs in top of the 2nd inning 

And here is the abridged box score from the second game (the regularly scheduled game), which was automatically pre-planned as a seven-inning game because of the suspended game that preceded it (Cubs player only):

1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-3 (F-7, BB, 2B, 3-U, 2 R, 2 RBI)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-3 (K, BB, 1B, P-5, 2 R, RBI)
3. Angelo Amendolare, 3B: 2-4 (2B, 1B, 5-3, K, 2 RBI)
4. Michael Foster, LF: 1-2 (HBP, K, BB, 1B, R)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, HR, 5-4 FC, R, 2 RBI)
6. P. J. Higgins, SS: 0-4 (6-3, K, F-8, K) 
7. Varonex Cuevas, DH: 2-4 (1B, L-9, 1B, 3-1)
8. Yohan Matos, C: 0-3 (F-8, BB, K, 6-3, R)
9. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-3 (L-8, 2B, BB, K, R) 

1. Pedro Silverio: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 5/4 GO/FO, 74 pitches (47 strikes) 
2. Carlos Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. M. T. Manucci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 23 pitches (11 strikes) 



The owners of the Chicago Cubs sued last week in an effort to take full ownership of another rooftop business across from Wrigley Field. Hickory Street Capital, a Chicago-based venture owned by the Ricketts family, sued the owners of the property housing Down the Line Rooftop over what the Cubs owners say is their right to buy the property. The Ricketts venture has had a stake in the business at 3621-3625 Sheffield Ave. since 2010, according to the complaint. Part of the venture's deal with the other investors was that Hickory Street would have a right of first refusal to buy the property, the suit says.

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  • Cubster 4 hours 47 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 6 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 20 hours 33 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 21 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 21 hours 18 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 21 hours 40 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 21 hours 46 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 23 hours 13 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.