Cubs Offense Like a Machin at Riverview

Vimael Machin ripped an RBI double, singled, and stole a base, Jhonny Pereda singled twice and drove-in a run, and Keegan Thompson and three relievers combined to toss a two-hit shutout, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Monday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

It was a rare day off for the MLB squad (one of only two this spring), so there was no activity on the other side of the UAPC. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Levi Jordan, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 3-6-3 DP) 
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-3 (3-U, K, 1-3)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 0-1 (BB, F-7, 2 SB) 
4a. Jared Young, DH #1:  0-1 (K) 
4b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (F-9)
5. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (1-3, BB)
6. Donnie Dewees, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
7. Jacob Hannemann, RF: 0-2 (K, F-7) 
8. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 1-2 (2B, F-9)
9a. Will Remillard, DH-C: 0-1 (L-6)
9b. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 0-1 (F-9)
10. Austin Filiere, 3B: 0-1 (5-3, BB) 
 
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Chase Daniel, 2B: 1-3 (3B, L-7, F-9, R)
2. Christian Donahue, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
3. Vimael Machin, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI, SB)
4. Chesny Young, SS: 0-2 (4-2 FC, 6-4-3 DP)
5. Zach Borenstein, LF: 0-2 (L-6, K)
6. Wynton Bernard, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
7. Evan Marzilli, RF: 0-1 (BB, 3-U)
8. Ian Rice, DH: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
9. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI, PO) 

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Riley McCauley: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Luis Lugo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
NOTE: Bottom of the 5th inning was skipped 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Keegan Thompson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (28 strikes) 
2. Ryan Williams: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Jake Steffens: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R 1 BB, 0 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Manuel Rondon: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes) 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS
NONE 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS
NONE 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS, 1 PO 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:  
Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 24  

WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 60's 

Arizona 
Scoring
Service 

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

Comments

p.strop had an MRI on his hamstring and the injury is "mild"...he's gonna miss a little while, though.

chatwood gonna chatwood...

1.1ip 2h 3bb 1k, 4r/2er

I just wanted to thank whoever did the color coordination on the Spring Training Roster to the right -->. It's super functional.( I don't remember that being the look last year, but sorry if I merely overlooked it!)

CHARLIE: You're welcome. 

Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

Maddon said there have been internal meetings about possible bullpen alternatives via waivers/trades. Said free-agent Craig Kimbrel's name has not come up: "We really didn't discuss that. But, I can't tell you that it's out of the question."

lester really crapped the bed today...1 more spring start and a sim game before the real thing...

2.2ip 7h 2bb 3k, 7r/er 1hr

the wind was a factor in play today, so that didn't help.

happ's bat woke up today...hope it continues.

Game was played with some kind of crazy wind that was giving OFers fits and possibly aiding some of the HRs. Happ missed a ball that sounded catchable but led to two of Lester’s runs, and then Lester’s relief let in a couple more.

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  • udbrky 19 min 19 sec ago (view)

    Wow, it's so awesome to see someone re-evaluate like that, you made my day! He's also just a fun guy. Seems like a great teammate!

     

  • Hagsag 1 hour 40 min ago (view)

    Norwood back down and Maples and Tim Collins back up. A nine man bullpen for today at least.

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 3 min ago (view)

    You know, this gave me reason to second guess my feeling about Strop, and he is clearly very consistent. His ERA, peripherals, and even velocity have been really consistent during his time as a Cub. Good call, udbrky!

     

  • Hagsag 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Thanks Phil, oh I mean Tim.

     

  • tim815 2 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Not Phil, but, the DSL guys not ready to regularly get out AZL hitters will return to Boca Chica as better pitchers than they were.

     

  • Hagsag 6 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa.

     

  • Hagsag 7 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Phil, I have been looking at the DSL pitching staffs. It doesn't look like there are enough pitchers down in the DR to field two teams. Will some pitchers be going back to the DR shortly? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 9 hours 50 min ago (view)

    it's a bit of a stretch to say the cubs have had 5 relievers worth bothering ranking unless you count some random guys only around for 1 or 2 seasons...sadly...and oddly considering how old the team is...

    sutter, lee, strop...r.myers, h.rondon, dempster, marmol, d.elston...late career charlie root... *shrug*...joe borowski had 2 great seasons and 3 bad ones (1 full, 2 partial) during his cubs tenure...

     

  • udbrky 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Not always consistent is a weird way to describe one of the best 5 relievers the Cubs have ever had.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 31 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, brewers lose, cardinals lose, pirates lose...

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 36 min ago (view)

    They need to do something (or multiple somethings) if they want to guard against bullpen-related crashes going forward. I get the sense there's a real chance Morrow doesn't contribute this season, and Strop is not always consistent even when he's healthy.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    it's not the worst pen in baseball, but like...this pen sucks.  boo.  fire everyone.  etc.

    at least it's not the WAS pen.  that pen is hot garbage.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 6 min ago (view)

    miguel amaya...bat and D at the C position both very promising.

    a lot of people like aramis ademan, though i dunno if anyone would consider him an "impact" type player even as a middle IF'r.

    jury is still out on how to gauge brennen davis's possible impact.  high ceiling, but everyone's still waiting to see what he can actually do while he has his tools tweaked in ARZ.

     

  • Karl Pagel Blues 23 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Outside of Nico Hoerner, who is on the fast track to Wrigley, Nelson Velazquez, Jonathan Sierra and Cole Roederer are the three hitters in the lower minors that have the most potential to be impact bats down the road, in my opinion. Otherwise, I don't see much that impresses me. Am I missing someone?

    Not so for pitching. 

    Barring injury, unexpected regression and/or trades, there are a number of Cubs MiLB pitchers who I think will make it to the majors.

     

  • Karl Pagel Blues 23 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Norwood doesn't have the electric stuff of Maples but is able to put the ball over the plate.

    Cubs sure seem to have their share of righty relief pitchers in Iowa who can help out during the summer.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Cubs recall RHRP James Norwood from AAA Iowa, and option RHRP Rowan Wick back to the I-Cubs.