Cubs Top Giant Black at Riverview

Carlos Pacheco singled twice, doubled, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, Jonathan Sierra singled, walked, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored three runs, Brailyn Marquez and Jeremiah Estrada combined to strike out seven of the first 11 men they faced, and seven pitchers combined to toss a five-hitter, as the Cubs cruised past the Giants black squad 7-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after eight innings of play.

The 19-year old Pacheco was signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2016, he tied for 2nd in the DSL in HR in 2017, and he is expected to provide power for one the two Cubs AZL teams this summer.

RHPs Fernando Calderon, Benjamin Rodriguez, and Jose M. Gonzalez made their U. S. debut in today's game, working one inning a piece. All three pitched in the DSL last year.

Not counting pitchers who are rehabbing at Extended Spring Training, Marquez and Estrada are clearly the Cubs top two pitching prospects at EXST, and the duo will likely be at the top of the Eugene starting rotation when the NWL begins play in June.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (1B, L-8, K, K, BB, R, SB)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 2B, 6-3, F-7, BB, R)
3. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (E-4, HBP, BB, 1B, L-8, 3 R, SB)
4. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-3 (E-5, L-8, F-8, BB, R, RBI)
5. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, 5-3, 2 RBI)
6. Delvin Zinn, DH #2: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, L-6, 5-3, RBI)
7. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, K, 2B, R, RBI)
8a. Raymond Pena, C: 0-2 (K, 6-3 DP)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3) 
9a. Henrry Pedra, 3B: 0-2 (3-2 FC, 5-3, PO)
9b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, K)
10. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (HBP, HBP, K, 1B, RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Sean Barry: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Junior Marte: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
5. Fernando Calderon: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes) 
7. Jose M. Gonzalez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
C Raymond Pena: E-2 (errant throw to 1st base on dropped third strike allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Raymond Pena: 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 

ATTENDANCE: 15 

WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Phil, 

How did L. Vazquez look?

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CHILDERSb3: Luis Vazquez is an above-average defender at SS right now and an emerging hitter with developing power. He will almost certainly be the starting SS at Eugene when the NWL begins play in June, and he could very well finish the 2018 season at South Bend (as happened with Aramis Ademan last year). Along with OF Nelson Velazquez (who has been on the DL since the last week of Minor League Camp), 3B Christopher Morel, LHSP Brailyn Marquez, and RHSP Jeremiah Estrada, Vazquez is one of the Top 5 Cubs prospects presently at EXST. He is a legit prospect.

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  • crunch 5 hours 5 min ago (view)

    at least...

     

  • Charlie 6 hours 7 sec ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 39 min ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...

     

  • Eric S 9 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 22 min ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?

     

  • Jackstraw 10 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.

     

  • Jackstraw 10 hours 24 min ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.

     

  • Eric S 10 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day

     

  • crunch 10 hours 29 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.

     

  • Eric S 10 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos

     

  • crunch 11 hours 9 min ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out

    phew.

    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 18 min ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 30 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.

    sweeeeeeeet.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 33 min ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...

     

  • crunch 11 hours 47 min ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.