Cubs & A's Play to a Draw at Fitch Park

Kevin Moreno (making his pro debut) singled twice, walked, and stole a base, Luis Vazquez singled twice, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Gustavo Polanco belted a solo HR for the Cubs, and Jesus Lage drilled an RBI double and a single and scored a run, Daniel Bautista doubled, walked, scored a run, and drove-in another with an RBI GO, Kevin Richards singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, and Lazaro Armenteros singled, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run for the Athletics, as the two teams played to a 5-5 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was called after eight innings of play.

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Jesus Camargo has been moved-up to South Bend. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, L-8, R, SB)
1b. Luis Ubiera, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
2a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI, SB)
2b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-0 (HBP, CS)
3a. Carlos Pacheco, RF: 1-3 (P-5, 2B, F-9, RBI)
3b. Jose Alonso Gaitan, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-2 (L-9, F-9 SF-DP, 3-1, RBI)
4b. Eric Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
5a. Gustavo Polanco, C: 1-3 (K, K, HR, R, RBI)
5b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (K) 
6. Yovanny Cuevas, LF-CF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-8, R, CS)
7. Kevin Moreno, DH #2: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, F-8, SB)
8. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (P-4, BB, 6-3)
9. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, HBP, K, RBI)
10. Delvin Zinn, 3B-SS: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Fernando Calderon: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Peyton Remy: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Garrett Kelly: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (24 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Delvin Zinn: E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
2. 1B Fidel Mejia: E-3 (dropped infield pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-3 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

Arizona 
Scoring 
Service 

"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

I love hearing when guys like Moreno debut and represent.

 

Either he sticks in the states, pushing everyone else. Or he starts in the DSL, which is probably unlikely. Most teams seem to have given up on the remaining amateur talent. 

 

Moreno could be in South Bend in less than 24 months.

 

Thanks, as always.

TIM: Interesting thing about Kevin Moreno is that Kris Bryant (not one of the Cuban players) is his favorite MLB player (and the Cubs are his father's favorite MLB club), and he actually has a similar body-type as Bryant and he has patterned his swing after Bryant as well. And (also somewhat like KB) Moreno is a "four-corner" guy defensively (3B-1B-LF-RF). So if there ever was a Cuban baseball player born to be a Cub, it's probably Kevin Moreno.

Moreno's two hits yesterday were both line drives pulled into the LF corner (they both probably should have been doubles, but he returned to 1st base after going about a 1/3 of the way to 2nd base both times, but then he stole 2nd base after his first single anyway). His walk was on a 3-2 pitch (after he started to 1st base on what he thought was "ball four" on the 3-1 pitch), and he appears to have a very good eye at the plate. How and why he never played on the Cuban U16 or U18 junior national team is mystifying, although that may be why it was so easy for him to sign with the Cubs while remaining a Cuban citizen.

The thing about Moreno is that he is not a Cuban defector. He is a Cuban resident who is in the U. S. on an H2B work visa issued by the U. S. Embassy in Bogata, Colombia (the U. S. Embassy in Havana stopped issuing H2B work visas last summer), and if the H2B visa program is eventually (once again) blocked to Cuban residents even through the Bogata embassy (as it was for more than 50 years prior to the re-establishment of "normal" relations with Cuba in 2016), Moreno may not be able to return to the U. S. after this season. The Cubs do have two Cuban defectors at Extended Spring Training (catcher Alexander Guerra and RHP Raidel Orta), and they both played in Serie Nacional (the Cuban "major" league) prior to defecting. 

Az Phil,

What can you tell us about Javier Assad? I don't recall a lot of chatter about him over the last year. He's only 20, but he was solid last year at Eugene, and has started well in SBend.

Thanks

CHILDERSb3: When I first saw Javier Assad a couple of years ago he featured a 90-91 MPH FB, a decent CV, a promising CH, and good command of all of his pitches, but he was a little bit pudgy and not in great physical condition. But he came to Minor League Camp last year in much better physical shape, and then he added a slider and a couple of MPH to his FB at Extended Spring Training and had a fine year at Eugene, which has carried-over to this season at South Bend.

Good stuff there. Thanks. I like guys with good Changes.

At some point, enough has to be enough.   The coaches and players on the SB Cubs don't want an automatic loss every fifth or sixth game.  Whatever great potential Jose Albertos may have, it isn't being developed by getting knocked out after an inning or two once a week.  Isn't this why we have extended spring training?

wow. he's really stringing together some hot garbage outings.

JUSTSAYIN: RHSP Jesus Camargo was stretched-out to four innings and 60 pitches last week before he was moved-up to South Bend from EXST on Saturday, LHSP Manuel Rondon threw three innings (45 pitches) in an EXST "sim" game last Thursday, and RHSP Erick Leal (who missed all of last season with an elbow injury) is gradually increasing his innings and pitch count at EXST as well, so I would expect some changes with regard to the starting rotations at both Myrtle Beach and South Bend (and possibly a 6th starter added to the starting rotation at Tennessee) in the next week or so (possibly in the next few days), with perhaps Camargo replacing Albertos at South Bend (with Albertos going to EXST), Rondon replacing Paulino at Myrtle Beach (with Paulino moving to the bullpen), and Leal added as a 6th starter (maybe "piggy-backing" with Hedges) at Tennessee. 

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  • Cubster 7 hours 35 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.

     

  • Cubster 7 hours 45 min ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts

     

  • crunch 18 hours 18 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 36 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.

     

  • Jackstraw 23 hours 3 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*

     

  • Ryno 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    True!

     

  • Cubster 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/just1deeva/status/1245654487026397184?s=21

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!

     

  • BobbyD 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace.