Polanco Leads Cub Offense over A's at Riverview

Gustavo Polanco belted an RBI triple, a double, and a single, and scored two runs, Christopher Morel clobbered a three-run HR, and Jose A. Gonzalez singled, doubled, and scored two runs, leading a Cubs 14-hit attack (including five XBH) en route to a 10-6 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

Jordan Diaz singled twice and doubled and scored a run for the A's in a losing cause. 

In EXST roster news, RHP Jose Albertos has been sent to Extended Spring Training from South Bend. 

Prior to the Cactus League game, RHP Luis Aquino, LHP Jonathan Bruzual, RHP Hector Alonso Garcia, and RHP Yunior Perez squared-off in a multi-inning "sim" game on Field #4. H. Garcia and Y. Perez have been in the Rehab Throwing Program since the start of Minor League Camp in March, and Aquino and Bruzual have been throwing bullpen side-sessions only for the last month. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Josue Huma, DH #1: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, BB, BB, R)
2a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, HR, R, 3 RBI)
2b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-0 (BB, L-8 SF, RBI)
3. Henderson Perez, C: 2-4 (E-5, 1B, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 6-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (FC, F-8 SF, 6-3, 4-3, RBI)
6. Chris Carrier, LF: 2-4 (P-6, 1B, K, 1B, R, RBI, SB, CS)
7. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 1-4 (K, E-6, 5-3, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-4 (F-8, K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
9. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 1-4 (5-3, F-9, 2B, K, R)
10a. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, E-6, 2 R)
10b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (25 strikes) 
5. Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. P Jeremiah Estrada: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd and another runner to score from 3rd)
2. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Henderson Perez: 1 PB, 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)  

ATTENDANCE: 4 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's

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Comments

kinda lost track, but where is corey "spoiled manchild" black these days?

is he injured again?

CRUNCH: Corey Black appeared in a game in Minor League Camp in March but suffered a set-back and was placed back into the Rehab Throwing Program, where he has been now for the last couple of months.

damn, dude can't catch a break with his health. thanks.

Albertos to Mesa is better late than never. You can see his potential but if you're a 19-year old tweaking your motion and working on things like release point and velocity consistency, A-ball is not the place for that. The SB Cubs team is also under pressure, with below-average hitting and what appears to be league-worst infield defense. Trying to carry an 0-5 pitcher can get on everyone's nerves in that context. Jose needs to fix things which are probably fixable, without 3,000 people watching and games on the line. He's reportedly a very good guy and I hope extended ST will be a good re-boot for him, not purgatory or the beginning of the end.

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  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 26 min ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.

     

  • tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title