Diamondbacks Take One from Cubs, Rally to Tie Another
Jeffrey Baez (RBI triple and RBI FC) and Eloy Jimenez (RBI double and RBI single) collected two RBI a piece to help the Cubs take a 7-1 lead, but Fernery Ozuna drove-in four runs with two two-run singles (one in the 5th and the other with two outs in the bottom of the 7th) as the Diamondbacks rallied to tie the Cubs 7-7 on Jackrabbit Field, and Everett Williams belted an RBI triple, singled, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, and Mark Thomas drilled an RBI single, tripled, stole a base, and scored two runs, leading the D'backs to a 7-4 victory on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Rony Rodriguez (RBI single and a two run HR) knocked in three runs and Shamil Ubiera drilled an RBI double, singled, and scored a run in a losing cause for the Cubs on Whirlwind Field.
Both games were pre-planned as seven-inning contests.
In EXST Cubs roster news, outfielders Casper Wells (back spasms) and Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) have completed their EXST rehabs and have been moved-up to AAA Iowa (Wells has been reinstated from Iowa's 7-day DL, and Ruggiano remains on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL and is assigned to Iowa on a Minor League Rehab Assignment), and RHPs Zak Hermans and Corbin Hoffner have been moved-up to Kane County from EXST, replacing RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (7-day DL - shoulder) and LHP Nathan Dorris (moved up to Daytona) on the KC roster.
Wells hit 182/345/273 in seven Cactus League EXST games (29 PA), with two doubles, five BB, a HBP, and three K, while Ruggiano hit 154/214/231 in four Cactus League EXST games (14 PA), with a double, a walk, and three K. Ruggiano also clubbed two ringing doubles and stole 3rd base in Saturday's intrasquad game.
THE PITCHING LINES FROM ZAK HERMANS' EIGHT 2014 CACTUS LEAGUE EXST OUTINGS:
4/9 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
4/11 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4/15 - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
4/18 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
4/24 - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes)
4/29 - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/4 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
5/5 - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 3/2 GO/FO, 46 pitches (30 strikes)
5/13 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (18 strikes)
TOTAL: 16.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 13 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 PO, 1 GIDP, 18/15 GO/FO, 67% strikes, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .196 OppBA
THE PITCHING LINES FROM CORBIN HOFFNER'S EIGHT 2014 CACTUS LEAGUE EXST OUTINGS:
4/14 - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 41 pitches (27 strikes)
4/18 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4/21 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
4/26 - INTRASQUAD GAME
4/29 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
5/3 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 6/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
5/7 - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (15 strikes)
5/10 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/FO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
5/16 - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 6/1 GO/FO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
TOTAL: 14.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDP, 25/9 GO/FO, 73% strikes, 1.26 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, .109 OppBA
Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-4 (P-6, P-4, F-8, F-8)
2. Kevin Brown, LF: 1-3 (HBP, 1B, L-8, 1-3, 2 R)
3. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-4 (L-7, 2B, 1B, P-6, R, RBI)
4. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 2-4 (1B, K, HR, K, R, 3 RBI)
5. Roney Alcala, DH: 1-2 (4-3, HBP, 1B)
6. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-3 (K+WP, L-7, 5-4 FC)
7. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, E-4, K)
8. Mark Malave, C: 1-3 (3-1, F-9, 1B)
9. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-2 (BB, K, K, PO)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Jeferson Mejia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 54 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Yomar Morel: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Francisco Carrillo: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Victor Salazar: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 3
1. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Rony Rodriguez - E-3 (throwing error on attempted 3-6 FC allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely and advance to 3rd base)
3. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed baserunner to score unearned run from 2nd base)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Mark Malave: 0-2 CS, 1 PO
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, BB, K, R, CS)
2. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-4 (K, E-5, 1B, K, R)
3. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-3 (K, 3B, 5-4 FC, R, 2 RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH #2: 2-3 (6-3, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI)
5. Oliver Zapata, LF: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, K)
6. Ricardo Marcano, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, F-9, K)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (BB, F-9, F-9, R)
8. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (1B, 3-1, 3-1, R)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-2 (FC+E6, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
10. Arnaldo Calero, RF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 2-U, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Luis Hernandez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 7/1 GO/FO, 39 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Trey Lang: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 39 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Carlos Llano: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 2-2 CS
CUBS SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jeffrey Baez - baserunner thrown out 8-1-4 trying to advance from 1st to 2nd on a sacrifice fly
WEATHER: Sunny & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 40 min ago (view)
Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.
He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges.
crunch 2 hours 10 min ago (view)
jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.
"I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."
...dude, no. keep that to yourself.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 21 min ago (view)
After the feel-good videos and goodbyes, Jed decided to say the players didn't seem to want to negotiate and place blame at their feet. Rizzo responded today, basically saying "wtf man, shut up, that's a lie."
I haven't really blamed Jed for much of this as I feel mgmt forced his hand but this... definitely a misstep Jed. And it also makes me wonder, the next core, if they don't want to sign below market extensions, are we gonna see a similar tear down?
crunch 19 hours 31 min ago (view)
yeah. i think it would have worked better if they weren't local boys. better sell on having a built in "friend" in a new, far away place. still not a bad move for an incentive, though...
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 6 sec ago (view)
Was clearly just a signing as an incentive to sign his brother
crunch 23 hours 22 min ago (view)
david can go ahead and not sign with the cubs if he wishes.
there is absolutely nothing about his game that looks like he could even play A-ball. his low-division college game is weak and his summer league wood bat game is abysmal.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 min ago (view)
Grand Canyon University's pitching staff got a big boost with recent Phoenix Alhambra High School ace Daniel Avitia deciding not to sign with the Chicago Cubs and, instead, honoring his letter of intent to the NCAA Division I school."
Mostly, they didn't give me the money I wanted," said Avitia, who was asking for $300,000. "The best position for me is to go to GCU and get in the top rounds (after his junior season)." Avitia said that the Cubs wouldn't go any higher than $125,000 in negotiations.
Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Edwin took the L today in team USA's extra inning loss to Japan - should be able to help the Cubs efforts to secure a high draft pick soon.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Even though the MLB Trade Deadline has passed, Cubs minor leaguers with MLB experience like RHSP Joe Biagini, LHRP Tony Cingrani, RHRP Ryan Meisinger, OF Ian Miller, and RHSP Adrian Sampson can still be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB reegular season, and I would expect each of them to get some interest from contending teams prior to the August 31 midnight post-season roster eligibilty deadline.
cubbies.4ever 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
Still haven't seen/heard if Cubs signed 19th rd Daniel Avitia, the last of the unsigned or declined.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
imagine he'll go into indie ball somewhere and hope he doesn't end up like matt harrington.
Sonicwind75 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
So is Kumar going "pro" by taking a KBO contract next season or something like that or does he just work out for a year? Not sure what the rules are for a player in his situation.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Good. Suck it Mets
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
mets fail to sign k.rocker.
at the time it was considered a hell of a pick when he fell so far (11th pick). he was considered a top-5 pick for most of the year, #1 for a chunk of it. his medicals (elbow) gave the mets pause offering him slot value. his agent, boras, says he's healthy.
he will not return to vandy and will go "pro"...he returns to the draft next year and the mets get a compensation 11th pick in round 1 next season.
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
rizzo, baez, and bryant all homered in their 1st game with their new team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Winning very much to a backseat to profits. I would imagine it always kinda was that way, but it became very obvious after the title. I think when ownership saw Darvish struggle year one, that was that, no more free agent spending. And never adjusted after it became clear Darvish was back starting midway through year two.