Cubs Squeeze Giant Orange at Riverview Park
Catcher Miguel Amaya smacked a two-run HR and threw out four runners on the bases, Chris Dominguez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) doubled, singled, walked, and scored a run, Jacob Hannemann (on AA Tennessee DL - right knee) doubled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL - right shoulder) belted a broken-bat RBI double off the LF fence and walked, Orian Nunez drilled an opposite-field two-run double, and six pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter, leading the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Giants "orange" squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The Cubs slugged eight extra base hits in the game, including six doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez saw his first game action since injuring his right shoulder in an MLB Cactus League Spring Training game at Sloan Park on March 14th. While he is able to hit, run, and field, he is not throwing at this point, and so he is restricted to being a DH in games.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 2-4 (2B, 2B, 3-U, F-7, SB, R)
2. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, BB, K, RBI, CS)
3. Chris Dominguez, 1B-DH: 2-3 (1B, BB, 2B, K, R)
4. Rafael Mejia, DH-1B: 1-4 (6-3 DP, 6-4 FC, 2B, K, RBI)
5. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (BB, P-6, P-5, F-7, R)
6a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (HR, F-7, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Franklin Tineo, C: 1-2 (5-3, 3B, R)
7. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-3 (BB, F-7, 1B, 3-U, R, SB)
8. Fernando Kelli, LF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, P-6, K)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-1 (L-9, BB, BB, R, SB, PO)
10. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-3 (F-9, P-5, 2B, 2 RBI)
1. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Tyler Peyton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Holden Cammack: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER),1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Orian Nunez: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 4-5 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
KingKongvsGodzilla 22 hours 49 min ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.
Hagsag 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?
tim815 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.
Arizona Phil 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future.
tim815 4 days 18 min ago (view)
Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded
Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.
bigsky33 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?