Archive - Apr 2019

April 30th

Rockies Score Late to Trip Cubs

Shael Mendoza and Nic Motley drilled run-scoring singles and SP Anderson Amirista tossed three innings of one-run ball, leading the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs "A" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Richard Gallardo, Willy Cabrera, and Joel Machado combined to hurl six innings of two-hit shutout ball for the Cubs before the Rockies finally scored in the 7th. 

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

Cubs @ Mariners: Hamels vs. Hernández (Game 27)

CHC (14-12): LHP Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.16 ERA)
SEA (18-13): RHP Félix Hernández (1-2, 3.91 ERA)
First pitch 9:10pmCDT

The Cubs will face the Mariners for the first time since 2016, and Cole Hamels will lead the way. Hamels' continued success with the Cubs has been fun and looks shockingly sustainable. His last start was a bit below the standard he's set for himself in Chicago. He walked too many to go deep into the game and allowed 3 ER in 5.1 IP against the Dodgers. Jay Bruce, Edwin Encarnacion, and Kyle Seager have seen their fair share of Hamels in the past. But only Seager has produced in that time (.846 OPS against), and he's on the DL recovering from a hand injury. Mitch Haniger is 4-8 with 2 HRs against the lefty. Former Cubs' prospect Dan Vogelbach is off to a red-hot start with the bat and boasts a walk rate just north of 20%.

April 29th

A's Rally to Edge Cubs at Riverview

SP Richard Morban hurled four innings off shutout ball and Kevin Richards drilled an RBI double with two outs in the 7th inning to tie the game and lofted a sacrifice fly to drive-in what proved to be the winning run in the top of the 9th, as the Athletics Green squad rallied to edge the Cubs "A" team 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

Fernando Kelli singled, stole two bases, scored a run, and drove-in another with a squeeze bunt for the Cubs. 

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

April 28th

Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Quintana vs. Weaver (Game 26)

CHC (13-12): José Quintana (3-1, 3.21 ERA)
ARZ (16-12): Luke Weaver (2-1, 3.33 ERA)
First pitch 3:20pmCDT

Quintana starts the rubber game in search of a 4th straight quality start. He's gone 7 in each of his last three games and stuck out 25 batters while walking only 3 in those 21 innings. Adam Jones has given him trouble in the past. He has 9 hits including 2 homeruns in 17 ABs.

April 27th

Cubs Cruz Past Angels

Rochest Cruz laced two RBI singles and an RBI double and scored two runs, Jonathan Soto singled twice, reached base on an HBP, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Widimer Joaquin belted a solo HR over the LF berm, helping the Cubs "B" team defeat the Angels 9-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ.

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

Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Darvish vs. Godley (Game 25)

CHC (12-12): RHP Yu Darvish (1-3, 5.96 ERA)
ARZ (16-11): RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 6.67 ERA)
First pitch 7:10pmCDT

Darvish went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs to take a loss against the Diamondbacks last time out. He has yet to get through the 6th inning in a start and has suffered troubles with both walks and homeruns this season. The stuff has been there but the command has not.

April 26th

Galindo Provides Some Offense for Cubs at Diablo

Wladimir Galindo (recently demoted to EXST from Myrtle Beach) collected three hits and drove-in two runs and SP Yunior Perez and four relievers combined on a five-hitter with twelve strikeouts, helping the Cubs "A" Team defeat the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.  

Baseball America's #18 Cubs prospect as recently as two years ago, the 22-year old Galindo was hitting just 125/222/150 with 14 K in 13 games (45 PA) for the Pelicans prior to being sent to EXST. (Galindo hit just 216/276/313 with 124 K in 114 games at Myrtle Beach last season).   

The Cubs stole four bases against Angels catcher (and former Cub) Michael Cruz (no CS plus one E-2 throwing error), and all four of those runners ended up scoring. The last time the two teams played with Cruz in the Angel lineup, the ex-Cub was plunked on the upper right arm by a pitch.  

SS Jeremiah Jackson (LAA 2018 2nd round draft pick - St. Luke's Episcopal School - Mobile, AL) belted a solo HR (103 MPH exit velo vs. a 95 MPH Yunior Perez FB) leading off the bottom of the 1st inning for the Angels. (Jackson laced two doubles and scored two runs in the Angels victory over the Cubs at Riverview this past Wednesday). On the negative side, Jackson also uncorked a wild throw to 1st base (E-6) in the top of the 9th that eventually led to the Cubs scoring an insurance run.  

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

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