Late Rally Helps Emeralds Sparkle at Riverview

Kevonte Mitchell smashed a solo HR to lead-off the inning and Frandy de la Rosa belted a two-run triple and scored on a WP to highlight a four-run 8th, as the Eugene Emeralds rallied to defeat the Mesa Cubs 5-3 in Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

Eloy Jimenez reached base four times (two singles and two walks) for Eugene, Yohan Matos slugged a solo HR and singled twice for the Mesa Cubs, and the two starting pitchers (LHP Justin Steele and RHP Oscar de la Cruz) combined to hurl six innings of shutout ball.

Mesa Cubs LF Jose Paniagua left the game after being hit on the helmet by a Daniel Bard fastball in the top of the 4th. (Bard was pulled out of the game after throwing only eight pitches).

Mike Olt (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - broken right wrist) took pre-game BP but did not play in the game.

In EXST Cubs roster news, OF Shawon Dunston (on Myrtle Beach 7-day since April 23rd with a right shoulder injury) has completed his rehab and has returned to the Pelicans, and C-1B Alberto Mineo has been moved-up to Myrtle Beach.

Mineo will be inactive at MB (technically he's on the Eugene Reserve List) and will serve as a bullpen catcher for the Pelicans, but he can be activated if necessary.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game, followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster: 

MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 4-3, F-9, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 0-3 (BB, 6-3, L-8, L-7)
3. Yohan Matos, C: 3-4 (1B, K, 1B, HR, R, RBI)
4. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-4 (L-4, P-6, F-9, L-7)
5. Danny Gutierrrez, DH-LF: 0-4 (P-4, E-3, 6-3, K, R, 2 SB)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B  0-3 (P-4, BB, 4-3, 6-3, R)
7a. Jose Paniagua, LF: 0-1 (K, HBP)
7b. Jhonny Pereda, PR: NO AB
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER 
8. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-4 (1B, F-9, K, K)
9. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 1-3 (5-3, 6-2 FC, 1B, BB)
10. Calvin Graves, DH #2: 0-4 (P-4, 4-3, P-6, 4-3)

EUGENE LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, DH #1: 0-4 (6-3, P-1, L-9, K)
2. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-3 (F-8, BB, P-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI, CS)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 2-4 (4-U FC, 1B, F8, 1B, R)
5. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B-DH  1-2 (L-8, BB, HBP, 3B, R, 2 RBI, PO)
6. Tyler Alamo, C: 2-3 (1B, BB, F-9, 1B) 
7. Varonex Cuevas, DH-2B: 0-4 (K, P-6 DP, F-7, K)
8. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-9)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (BB, 4-1, 1B, PO)
10. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, L-4)

MESA CUBS PITCHERS
1. Justin Steele: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2/3 GO/FO, 42 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Trey Masek: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 18 pitches (4 strikes)
3. Austyn Willis: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 3 WP, 1 PO, 1/8 GO/FO, 75 pitches (44 strikes)

EUGENE PITCHERS
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 49 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Daniel Bard: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (3 strikes) 
3. Sam Wilson: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Jordan Brink: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/FO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)

MESA CUBS ERRORS: NONE

EUGENE ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

MESA CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yohan Matos: 1-2 CS, 1 PB

EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Alamo: 0-3 CS, 1 PB 

MESA CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Danny Gutierrez - threw out batter (Ricardo Marcano) 7-4 trying to stretch single into double

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

ATTENDANCE: 11 

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2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER

71 players

50 players ACTIVE

17 pitchers in PITCHERS REHAB GROUP (various stages of activity but not pitching in EXST games)

4 injured position players at TRAINING CENTER (not cleared for field activity)

* bats or throws left
# bats both

ACTIVE PITCHERS: 26 
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Jesus Castillo
Dylan Cease
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Corbin Hoffner
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Trey Masek
Erling Moreno
* Jose Paulino
Neil Ramirez
Santiago Rodriguez
* Carson Sands
Alexander Santana
* Justin Steele
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson

PITCHERS REHAB GROUP: 17
Adbert Alzolay (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - now throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Matt Brazis (LIMITED ACTIVITY - AA Tennessee 7-day DL - now throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - throwing in "sim games - post-2013 right shoulder surgery) 
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB - shut-down down in Minor League Camp - now throwing in "sim" games)
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down in Minor League Camp - now throwing bullpen side-sessions - groin)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down in Minor League Camp - now throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Barret Loux (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after throwing in EXST games - right flexor)
Trey McNutt (LIMITED ACTIVITY - now throwing bullpen side-sessions - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - TJS pending) 
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - TRAINING CENTER - was shut-down in Minor League Camp)
James Norwood (LIMITED ACTIVITY - South Bend 7-day DL - has started throwing bullpen side-sessions) 
Blake Parker (TRAINING CENTER - re-signed after being released - right elbow inflammation)
Hector Perez (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - ???) 
Austin Reed (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down in Minor League Camp - had TJS in April)
Jose Zapata (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down after throwing in EXST games - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (ACTIVE REHAB - throwing in "sim" games - foot injury)

CATCHERS:: 5+1
Tyler Alamo
# Erick Castillo
Yohan Matos;
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B

INFIELDERS: 10+3
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER - left wrist injury)
Carlos Jimenez (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER - oblique strain)
Joey Martarano
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (ACTIVE REHAB - fractured right wrist)
Adonis Paula
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

OUTFIELDERS: 9
# Roberto Caro
Jenner Emeterio
# Robert Garcia
Calvin Graves
Danny Gutierrez
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

GAME MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)

Comments

oops...wrong thread. umm...uh...lovely day in phoenix. had a nice weekend in town.

Amusing paragraph from this thread: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i... Rain-delay action: Any remaining fans opposed to the new video scoreboards at Wrigley Field might have had a change of heart Saturday night. During the rain delay, the Cubs showed Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In years past, the fans would have been “entertained” with organ music.

I haven't noticed a lot of angst over the video boards but I don't live in Chicago so what do I know. I love the idea of the video boards - when you see them in minor league parks and don't in Wrigley, it almost seems weird. And they're great target practice for Bryant once his home run swing starts coming around, which it will.

So the Cubs are 33-27 with: * Injury to Soler and Soler not being as productive as I had hoped - I think that will change, however * Injury to LaStella, who might be a nice #2 hitter * Season long injury until the other day to Denorfia * Major Injury to Olt /Cult of Olt * Horrible May for Castro (last couple games signs of breaking out?) * Lester not as advertised * Zobrist Alcantara sent down for productivity issues * Baez sent down for productivity issues, breaks finger * Very bad bullpen spell for about 3 weeks * No Neil Ramirez * High number of errors - I didn't look it up but I'd wager they are in the top 5 MLB * Rookie second baseman with about 50 games of playing experience at that position * Rookie third baseman with an occasionally wild arm If the Great Maddonni can keep this magic act going through the All Star break, things are gonna get interesting.

That is pretty amazing - all told! Only guy really over-performing is maybe Hammel and possibly Rizzo.

They haven't been particularly unlucky as health goes. They're also outperforming their pythagorean win expectancy (though not the 2nd or 3rd order win %). I'm not expecting a big surge. Continuing to play .550 ball (I have to hope) should be good enough for a Wild Card spot, though.

Extremely tough schedule, too - a lot of bad teams after the ASG.

Hopefully, they can start beating bad teams....

or, in other words, uh-oh

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 39 min ago (view)

    More east-side AZIL games canceled today due to CoViD-19 issues. Don't know yet how it wil impact Cubs schedule. 

     

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

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  • azbobbop 2 days 41 min ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

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  • Charlie 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

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