Morelli Extends Hit Streak & Huseby Returns to Mound at Fitch Park

Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 1st inning RBI double, leading one squad of Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Giants on Field #3, while the other squad of Giants defeated the other squad of Cubs 6-2 on Field #2, as the EXST Cubs and EXST Giants played a Memorial Day Cactus League Extended Spring training split squad doubleheader at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. Both games were stopped after eight innings.

Making his first appearance on the mound since throwing 16 consecutive balls (no strikes) and walking all four batters he faced in a game versus the EXST Angels at Diablo Park on April 28th, RHP Chris Huseby appeared to be headed down a similar path today, throwing seven of his first eight pitches for balls, before allowing a two-run RBI triple. However, he then suddenly seemed to turn a corner, and proceeded to strike out the side on just 10 pitches (all strikes), stranding the runner at 3rd. Then after completing his one inning of work, Huseby remained in the game as a DH, grounding out 6-3 in the 3rd and reaching base on a HBP (glancing blow off his helmet) in the 5th, before heading for the clubhouse.

Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):


1a. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-2 (1-3, HBP, K, SB)
2. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, K, 6-4 FC, SB)
3a. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (1-3, F-7, K)
4. Richard Jones, 1B: 1-4 (3-U, 1-3, K, 3B, R)
5. Runey Davis, LF: 2-4 (3B, 3B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI, R)
6a. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (6-3, F-7, K, RBI)
7. Jose Guevara, C: 0-3 (F-8, L-4, BB, 5-3)
8. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, BB, BB, K)
9. Bobby Wagner, DH #1: 0-2 (F-8, P-3, BB)
10a. Chris Huseby, P-DH: 0-1 (6-3, HBP)

1. Chris Huseby – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 22 pitches (15 pitches)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 5/6 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Danny Keefe – 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Andres Quezada - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)

1. 2B Blair Springfield E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Richard Jones E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off throw at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)

Jose Guevara: 1-2 CS


1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 2-5 (1B, E-5, K, 1B, 4-3, R, CS)
2. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-5 (F-9, 6-3 GIDP, E-5, 2B, F-8, RBI, SB)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, K, R)
4. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-4 (2B, 1B, 6-3, 4-3, RBI)
5. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (4-3, HBP, 2B, E-7, R)
6. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 4-3, F-7 SF, 1B, RBI)
7. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, BB, E-6, BB, R)
8. Cody Shields, LF: 0-4 (L-6, FC, 6-4 FC, 6-4-3 GIDP, R)
9b. Carlos Romero, DH: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, CS)

1. Marcus Hatley – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Carlos Rojas –1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Marcos Perez - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3/7 GO/FO, 30 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Alvaro Sosa - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

SS Arismendy Alcantara E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – did not score)


WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless, with temperatures in the 90’s


attendance 26? they must have had to open the upper deck!

Phil, is Morelli the man at Fitch? I cant believe he hasnt been moved back up yet.

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 52 min ago (view)

    Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?


  • Hagsag 2 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 22 min ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."


  • crunch 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.


  • crunch 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 


  • cubbies.4ever 10 hours 57 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.


  • Charlie 19 hours 39 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.


  • Charlie 19 hours 43 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.


  • crunch 19 hours 59 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter


  • jdrnym 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.