Nic, Bug, and Mac Are a Rockie Concoction for Cubs at Riverview

Nic Motley doubled twice, walked, and collected two RBI, Tyler Bugner singled twice, stole two bases, and scored twice, and RHSP Pearson McMahan hurled five innings of two-hit/one-run ball (retiring the first nine men and the last six men he faced), helping the Rockies edge the Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Luis Hidalgo smacked a three-run HR, Luis Vazquez drilled a single and an RBI double and scored a run, Reivaj Garcia singled, doubled, and scored a run, and Yovanny Cuevas belted an RBI triple and drove-in another run with an RBI GO for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair, but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Rockies pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Prior to the game, LHSP Justin Steele (July 2017 TJS) threw "live" BP (two innings - 35 pitches) on Field #4 and it went very well (FB velo good and flashed a plus-CH). Next step is three innings (45 pitches), and then he will begin to throw a breaking ball.  

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Erick Leal (missed 2017 season with a non-TJS elbow injury) has completed his rehab and has rejoined Myrtle Beach, replacing RHRP Elvis Diaz on the Pelicans roster (E. Diaz was released). In addition, RHP Kyle Miller (Cubs 2015 19th round draft pick - Florida Atlantic) has been released from Extended Spring Training. (K. Miller had a lot of difficulty throwing strikes at Minor League Camp and was left behind in Mesa to work on his mechanics when Myrtle Beach departed Arizona at the end of March, but he was unable to overcome the problem). 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 2-4 (F-7, 1B, 1-3, 2B, R) 
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (P-6, 2B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (K, P-5, K, 3-1)
5. Carlos Pacheco, DH #1: 0-4 (K, F-7, P-4, F-8)
6a. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)
6b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Cam Balego, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, R)
8. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 1-3 (F-9, K, 1B, R)
9. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, HR, R, 3 RBI)
10. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B, R)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Garrett Kelly: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes) 
4. Peyton Remy: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes) 
5. Yan de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 24 pitches (20 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 3 
1. CF Yovanny Cuevas: E-8 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
2. SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. C Kevin Zamudio: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE: 
1. Kevin Zamudio: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST
LF Kevin Moreno - batter thrown out 7-6-5 (relay by SS Luis Vazquez) attempting to stretch double into triple 

CUBS BASERUNNING
Kevin Moreno -  thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double into LF corner

ATTENDANCE: 8 

WEATHER
Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's

Arizona 
Scoring 
Service 

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

Comments

Good night for Cubs 2017 first round pitchers. Lange goes six innings for Myrtle Beach, gives up 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 10 Ks -- his most dominant start this season. Brendon Little goes seven innings for South Bend, gives up 3 hits, 0 runs, 5 Ks. Best yet: no walks, no wild pitches and no batters hit - very encouraging. 

So, while the Cubs struggle to get a single hit against a mediocre pitcher, and waste a very solid Lester start, at least something went right for the organization tonight.  

d.underwood adding his name to the "good night" crew, himself. 6ip 4h 2bb 6k, 1r/er underwood and lange could start making more of a name for themselves if they can keep it up. lange has a much higher ceiling...underwood could be better if his command and repeatability didn't leave so much stuff hanging around hitable.

welly castillo (CWS) busted for non-roid PEDs...80 days off.

yeah, i said welly.  i'll say it again, too.  *flex*

For weed?

they dont test for that in the majors (and need to stop testing for it in the minors)... it was erythropoietin (EPO). it was very popular in the cycling world. "The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct."

Thanks. So Lance Armstrong approves?

he denies, but also approves.

What does EPO do for a catcher? It raises red blood cells and hemoglobin, but a catcher’s endurance is more a matter of tolerating awkward positions. Is Welly just trying anything?

dunno, but from an internet article on a bodybuilding site from earlier this year... "Increasing the amount of red blood cells increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood to deliver more oxygen to exercising muscles. The extra oxygen significantly increases the muscles' energy production and can therefore help to improve athletic performance output ability; higher intensity and longer duration. These benefits have led to the widespread use of synthetic rhEPO drug doping." https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/blood_buildi...

"The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct."

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First time I can recollect a player being busted and being upfront about it this clearly and concisely.  Nothing about sample couriers or Dominican doctors.  Bad job Welly on using PEDs.  Good job on taking responsibility.

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  • Cubster 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 1 hour 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 6 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 6 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 6 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 9 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • tim815 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 3 days 10 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 11 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 15 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