Morelli Extends Hit Streak to 15 Games As Cubs Rally to Drop Brewers
Carlos Romero bounced a game-tying RBI single to right, Alvaro Ramirez lined an RBI single down the RF line, and Pin-Chieh Chen knocked-in two insurance runs with a two-run single, as the EXST Cubs rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 8th to defeat the EXST Brewers 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa. The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest, so that more Brewer and Cub pitchers could get game work.
Besides the four-run rally in the 8th, other EXST Cubs highlights today included Tarlandus Mitchell and Austin Kirk combining to fan ten Brewers in just 5-1/3 innings, and Jesus Morelli extending his hit streak to 15 games with a 1st inning single. (Morelli is now hitting 382/447/574 in 21 EXST games since being moved down to Extended Spring Training from Peoria).
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 1-5 (P-4, F-9, 6-4 FC, 1B, F-7, R)
2. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-4 (P-3, 4-3, F-7, 1B, RBI, R, SB)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 2-3 (1B, BB, 4-3, 1B, 2 RBI, R)
4a. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
4b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH MORELLI REMAINED IN RF
5. Runey Davis, LF: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, 5-3)
6a. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K, RBI)
6b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH BURRUEL REMAINED IN GAME
7. Chris Huseby, DH #2: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, 5-3)
8a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-2 (K, 1B, BB, R, SB, CS)
8b. Wes Darvill, PH-SS: 0-1 (F-7)
9a. Jose Guevara, 1B: 0-3 (K, P-5, 3-1)
9b. Blair Springfield, PH-1B: 0-1 (5-3)
10a. Carlos Romero, C: 2-3 (P-4, 1B, 1B, RBI)
10b. Kyung-Min Na, PR-DH: 1-1 (1B, R)
1. Tarlandus Mitchell – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 45 pitches (26 strikes)
NOTE: Mitchell’s 1st inning was terminated (“rolled”) with two outs after Mitchell had thrown his 27th pitch of the inning
2. Austin Kirk – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 60 pitches (40 strikes)
3. Jesse Ginley – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Jose Rosario – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (13 strikes)
Carlos Romero: 1-3 CS
BASERUNNING MISADVENTURES: Pin-Chieh Chen was thrown out 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning.
WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless, with temperatures in the 90’s
Cubster 15 hours 41 min ago (view)
IMPOTUS 45: "ANYBODY WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET A TEST"
then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.
crunch 16 hours 4 min ago (view)
5 cubs players + d.ross didn't work out with the team today because their tests were dealyed. 4 players + d.ross later came back negative and 1 test will have to be done again because it was compromised during transport and invalidated.
...turns out the compromised test was not a player, but a non-player/non-ross Tier 1 employee. neat.
crunch 18 hours 25 min ago (view)
v.caratini will continue to be darvish's preferred catcher this season.
crunch 18 hours 26 min ago (view)
j.hicks (STL) opts out. he's a T1 diabetic currently rehabbing from TJ. he was expected to return in august.
JustSayin' 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 2 days 27 min ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 5 days 1 hour ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 5 days 13 hours 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 5 days 16 hours 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.