Cedeno Sophisticated Slop Too Much for Young Giants
Yonathan Perlaza drilled an RBI double and an RBI single, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Edmond Americaan laced an RBI single and a double, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs. Jacob Hannemann collected three singles, stole a base, and scored two runs, Josue Huma belted a two-run double, drew a walk, and scored a run, Fernando Kelli knocked in two runs with a triple and a GO, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Dalton Hurd smacked an inside-the-park HR (line-drive bounded past centerfielder after diving catch attempt and rolled to the base of the Batter's Eye), and Oscar de la Cruz hurled 4.1 IP of one run ball with six strikeouts, leading the Cubs "A" Team to a 12-6 thrashing of the Giants Black squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day game action Friday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Addison Russell played SS for four innings and batted once in each of the first four innings, going 1-3 (single and a run scored and an RBI on a sac fly). As things stand right now, Russell is eligible to be reinstated from the Restricted List on May 2nd (which is an off day) and make his 2019 MLB regular season debut on Friday May 3rd at Wrigley Field vs STL.
LHP Xavier Cedeno (on the Cubs MLB 10-day Injured List with left wrist inflammation) made his first game appearance of 2019 and easily struck out the side in the top of the 1st inning, mixing a filthy CV with a straight-CH and maybe one FB. The young Giants had no chance against him.
Prior to the game on Field #6, RHRP Tony Barnette threw "live" BP on Field #5, facing hitters for the first time since being shut-down with right shoulder inflammation following an MLB Cactus League game appearance on March 3rd. (Barnette is a few days behind Cedeno).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
X. Addison Russell, SS: 1-3 (F-9 SF, E-8, F-9, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: Russell batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Luis Vazquez, DH-SS: 0-5 (E-4, 6-3, K, F-8, P-3, R)
2a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2 R, SB)
2b. Dalton Hurd, LF: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-3 (2B, 5-3, 1B, BB, R, 2 RBI, SB)
4. Alexander Guerra, C-DH: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, BB, BB, R)
5. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-9, F-7, BB)
6. Josue Huma, 3B: 1-3 (P-3, 2B, BB, F-7, R, 2 RBI)
7. Edmond Americaan, RF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 4-6 FC, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
8. Fernando Kelli, LF-CF: 1-3 (5-3, 3B, BB, 5-4-3 DP, R, 2 RBI, SB)
9. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, K, 6-3, R)
10. Danny Zardon, DH-C: 0-1 (K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Xavier Cedeno: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Jake Stinnett: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Oscar de la Cruz: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 3/4 GO/AO, 78 pitches (47 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
6. Alexander Vargas: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 23 pitches (11 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!
"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."
It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.
Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?
He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit.........
TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.
He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).
He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers.
SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.
He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.
I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win.
Fair call, and educational, as usual.
We shall see.
Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ
Did Court find a new team?
Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.
Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley.
Morrow to the 60.