EXST Cubs Run Like a Well-Oiled Machin

Isaac Paredes (2015 IFA - Mexico - $800K bonus) tripled, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, Vimael Machin (Cubs 2015 10th round draft pick - VCU) knocked-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, and LHP Manny Rondon (acquired from LAA for C-1B Rafael Lopez last July) tossed three perfect innings with five strikeouts, leading the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.

The Cubs stole six bases in the game. 

Ben Turner and John Riley drilled consecutive two-out RBI singles to highlight a two-run first inning for the Giants. 

RHSP Duane Underwood got the start for the Cubs and worked five innings (62 pitches - 43 strikes), allowing the two first-inning runs mentioned above, five hits (a double and four singles), no walks, four strikeouts (all four swinging), and 5/4 GO/AO, and he retired ten of the last eleven men he faced.  

Shane Victorino (calf strain rehab) played LF for seven innings and went 0-3 (5-3, L-5 DP, F-9).  

John Arguello has game notes at Cubs Den. 

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


CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Shane Victorino, LF-DH: 0-3 (5-3, L-5 DP, F-9)
1b. Luis Ayala, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-3 (3-U, K, 4-3) 
3. Trey Martin, RF: 0-2 (K, F-8, HBP, R, 2 SB)
4. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, 3-U, BB, SB)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, R)
6. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (3B, 5-4 FC, FC, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB) 
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-8 SF, L-6, 2 RBI)
8. Alberto Mineo, DH #1: 0-3 (4-6-3 DP, 4-3, K)
9a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
9b. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-1 (E-3) 
10. Michael Foster, DH-LF: 0-2 (HBP, E-4, 6-4-3 DP, 2 SB) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 62 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Manny Rondon: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes) 
3. Jesus Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Phil, is Underwood about ready to pack for a trip to Tenn.?

HAGSAG: Unless the Cubs want Underwood to get his pitch count up to 75-80 pitches before he goes to Tennessee, today might have been his last EXST start. He did throw 4.1 IP (61 pitches) in an EXST intrasquad game last Wednesday, but he struggled at the end of that outing, whereas today he actually got stronger as the game went on.  

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 6 min ago (view)

    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)? 

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
    Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...

     

  • CubsCentral08 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    List is up to 12 now

    Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
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  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

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  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

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  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

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  • crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run. 

     

  • crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    meeting on thursday.  hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.

     

  • crunch 1 week 23 hours ago (view)

    yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager.  first female manager in the minors.

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    "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""

     

  • tim815 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!

     

  • crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.

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  • Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Welcome to 2022. 
    First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.