Felix the Top Cat at Riverview

Felix Stevens belted a solo HR, singled twice, and scored two runs, Pedro Ramirez (Cubs 2021 IFA - U. S. game debut) drilled an RBI double, singled, stole a base, and scored a run, Frank Hernandez (Cubs 2019 IFA - Team Spain 18U - U. S. game debut) singled twice and drove-in a run, Reggie Preciado laced an RBI single and drew a walk, and RHP Luis Devers tossed 3.1 IP of shutout ball anf picked a runner off base (third PO in his last two games), helping the Cubs throttle the Athletics 7-4 in AZ Instructional League game action Thursday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

A's 2021 2nd round pick Zack Gelof ripped a two-run double in a losing cause. 

Pedro Ramirez and Frank Hernandez were supposed to have made their U. S. game debut on Tuesday versus the Angels, except the contest was rained out just as the Cubs were about to take the field. (Angels 2021 1st round pick RHP Sam Bachman was to be the Halos' SP). Cubs SP Luke Little had finished his warm-up in the pen and the umpires were meeting with the Cubs and Angels managers at home plate, when lightning from an approaching storm drove everybody off the field. Then within ten minutes a gully-washer downpour flooded the field and canceled the game (and the planned U. S. game debut of P. Ramirez and F. Hernandez). The Cubs had an instructional "Camp Day" yesterday (emphasizing situational hitting, baserunning, and relay throws from the outfied), so today's game was the first AZIL game played by the Cubs since Monday. And for Ramirez and F. Hernandez, it was certainly worth the wait! 

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

1. Yeison Santana, SS: 1-4 (K, K, L-6, 1B, R)
2a. Ronnier Quintero, C: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
2b. Moises Ballesteros, C: 0-1 (K) 
3. Felix Stevens, 1B: 3-4 (HR, K, 1B, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
4. Peter Matt, RF: 0-3 (HBP, K, 6-3, E-6, R, SB)
5. Pedro Ramirez, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, 3-1, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
6. Liam Spence, 3B: 1-3 (HBP, K, 1B, K, R)
7. Frank Hernandez, LF: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
8. Reggie Preciado, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, BB, L-4, RBI)
9. Ezequiel Pagan, CF: 0-3 (P-2, 4-6-3 DP, F-7) 
10. Bryan Serra, DH #2: 0-3 (E-8, K, K, R)

1. Drew Gray: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Burl Carraway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Luis Devers: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/5 GO/AO, 41 pitches (26 strikes)
4. Dominic Hambley: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Frankie Scalzo Jr: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (19 strikes) 

1. 3B Liam Spence: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd) 
2. 2B Pedro Ramirez: E-4 (errant throw on attempted 4-6 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely) 

Ronnier Quintero: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's 


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


Our little Pedro seems very impressive.

he's doing a lot better than the other pedro (martinez) middle IF'r that was traded away for jose martinez (TB).  his year off in 2020 did not serve him well.

jose martinez was f'n special for the cubs.  it takes talent to get a -0.6 WAR in only 22 PA.

Acquired for his bat, proceeds to go hitless and look so lost, we sent him to the alt site and he has not seen big league action since.

NEVER TRADE WITH TAMPA (just ask Pittsburgh how that Archer trade worked out)

Is there a game on Friday? If so, is it at Riverview?

Kimbrel has fully reverted to the pre 2021 form. With 2 outs, he gives up a 7th inning 2 run double and then a Tucker 2 run HR. Astros up 9-4 after being down earlier 4-2. WSox fans must dislike the Madrigal trade as much as we don't like the Q trade.

Well I mean we haven't even seen Madrigal yet so jury is still out... it'd be nice to pay them back for the Q trade, to say nothing of the Garland for Karchner fleecing 

Heuer looked impressive, is a bargain compared to Kimbrel and with club control to boot. 

low-key rooting for the astros because i want dusty to get his manager ring (player ring in 81, doyers).

this will be the first time i'm rooting for an AL team to win it and it feels a bit dirty.

Especially the trash can loving Astros! Crunch how could you 

in dusty i trusty?

heh.  straight up, i'm a big dusty fan.  got his short-printed rookie baseball card and everything (that he shares with don baylor and tom paciorek (wsox annoucer in the 90s)).

I really pissed off some Sox fans in September about Larussa's misuse of Kimbrel. I don't see how Hahn trades for the best Closer in MLB, gives up 2 long term controllable assets for a 60 day Rental, and then lets DUI boy move him to a set up role. Then every Sox fan, Steve Stone, et al defend TLR's galactic stupidity. He was great at handling a Bullpen......in 2010......with Duncan doing the heavy lifting. 

Dusty's luck, he loses to the Giants.