Garcia Delivers Message to Friars at Sloan Park
Robert Garcia belted a bases-loaded triple over the centerfielder's head to key a four-run 4th, singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, D. J. Wilson singled twice, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another with a sacrifice fly, and Dylan Cease and six other pitchers combined to hurl a shutout, as the AZL Cubs blanked the AZL Padres 6-0 in Arizona League action Monday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The Cubs ran amok on the Padre battery, stealing six bases (three by Roberto Caro) with no CS.
With his big night at the plate and on the bases, speedy switch-hitting Robert Garcia is now second in the AZL in hitting, 3rd in SB and OBP, and 6th in triples. Garcia likes to bunt (he probably leads the AZL in bunt singles), but he can drive the ball, too, as happened Monday night on on the bases-loaded triple and both singles.
The 21-year old Garcia is perhaps a bit old for the AZL (he spent two seasons in the DSL prior to coming to Mesa this season), so he might be a good candidate to get moved-up to Eugene after the AZL concludes play at the end of August, and then maybe challenge for an outfield job at South Bend in 2016.
RHP Tyler Skulina (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) made his first game appearance since June 25th, getting the start for the AZL Cubs. He was relieved with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 1st inning, when he reached his pre-planned pitch limit. Skulina was not very impressive, allowing two hits (a single grounded sharply through the box and into CF and a ringing line-drive double into the LF corner) and walking two, with a timely "caught stealing" keeping the Padres off the scoreboard.
RHP Dylan Cease threw two shutout innings, allowing a single and two walks while striking out three. His fastball continues to hum, baby, topping out at 100 MPH in his first inning of work, but (as usual) he had difficulty throwing strikes (just 53% strikes) and with pitch-efficiency (22.5 pitches-per-inning).
Here is the abridged box score from Monday night's game (Cubs players only):
AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Robert Garcia, DH: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 3B, F-9, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB)
1b. Carlos Jimenez, PH: 0-1 (P-4)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-4 (4-3, 1B, F-8 SF, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-4 (6-3, L-8 SF, L-8, L-5, 6-3, RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, BB, 6-3, L-9, SB)
5. P. J. Higgins, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, E-9, 5-3)
6. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-3 (1-3, BB, 6-4 FC, P-4, 3 SB)
7. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (2B, BB, F-8, E-5, R)
8. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, BB, F-8, R)
9. Donnie Cimino, LF: 2-4 (6-3, 3-2 FC, 1B, 1B, R)
AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tyler Skulina: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
2. John Williamson: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4 pitches (3 strikes)
3. Dylan Cease: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 45 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Carlos Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 4/0 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
5. M. T. Minacci: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 28 pitches (15 strikes)
6. Ariel Ovando: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 5 pitches (4 strikes)
7. Jordan Brink: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
AZL CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B P. J. Higgins: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Payne: 1-1 CS
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 46 min ago (view)
Lame. He was intriguing
crunch 5 hours 56 min ago (view)
cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.
Cubster 15 hours 10 min ago (view)
and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska.
bradsbeard 15 hours 35 min ago (view)
It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.
tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets settled....plus other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...
cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.
George Altman 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Q to the angels...supposedly 1/8m
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
pete ricketts (the governor of Nebraska ricketts) is a key part of an anti-gambling Nebraska group called "Gambling With The Good Life" that actively lobbied their open legislature...including a speech by pete...to keep gambling illegal in Nebraska.
he last spoke for the group to the state government in-session 3 months ago.
...it's also worth mentioning all of this is separate from the Draft Kings/Wrigley Field deal that flew under the radar toward the end of the season that will put a sportsbook directly in wrigley field, itself.
Charlie 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Of all the things, why does this most make me want to punch
Cubster 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
I thought the Cubs had lost a rising star in Porter, seems the just got lucky with him leaving the organization.
crunch 2 days 44 min ago (view)
jared porter...damn dude...mets gm, ex cubs director of scouting...
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
cubs freeing up that chatwood + lester loot sure did help...wait...sigh.
Cubster 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
Plus Chatwood signing w Bluejays is done.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
...and done. 1 year deal with a mutual option.
Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
Dolorous in discussions with the Washington Schwarbs.