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"
Eric S 8 hours 17 min ago (view)
Good deal - much better ballpark experience than at the Ted. Atlanta fans are buying in and showing up.
Eric S 8 hours 34 min ago (view)
It’s a shame that they had to burn Cishek with a five run lead. I guess they could have used Brach or Caratini. Probably not enough time to warm up Caratini. Wouldn’t want to risk blowing the lead with Brach.
crunch 8 hours 48 min ago (view)
gonna be in ATL over the 4th and catching the young braves club in person. i really don't like going to that park (hey, who wants 3-4 hours of the "tommy hawk chawp"?), but i wanna see this collection of kids.
Eric S 8 hours 48 min ago (view)
Kyle Ryan playing like a man who wants to keep his big league roster spot - well done!!
crunch 8 hours 50 min ago (view)
if javy has the ball you gotta play like you're on a basketball court. until the play is dead, no matter what your view is, that ball could be coming at you at any time from any angle.
bote also goofed earlier in the season playing 3rd during a lester start by not knowing how extreme one needs to cover for him. yeah, technically it should be lester's play, but realistically the 3rd baseman has more range to cover with lester on the mound.
Eric S 8 hours 52 min ago (view)
Barnette’s 88-91 mph fastball really is, uh, not very special.
Eric S 8 hours 53 min ago (view)
But for Flowers and the pitchers spot, the Braves lineup is relentless. When McCann plays, the only hole is the pitchers spot. Tough club.
crunch 8 hours 58 min ago (view)
welcome to the cubs barnette.
6 pitches to his 1st batter, solo HR.
you're gonna fit in just fine.
Eric S 9 hours 14 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil. What kind of prospect(s) do you think it would take to pick up Melky?
Eric S 9 hours 25 min ago (view)
Not the first time Bote has frozen on a catchable ball from Javy at second ... and leads to two unearned runs. Damn. Love Bote, but when you’re playing with Javy, you better expect the unexpected
crunch 9 hours 45 min ago (view)
also, wow at that 10 mile long leash teheran got to totally suck.
Eric S 9 hours 50 min ago (view)
Pro tip to the Cubs: score a ton of runs, then score a ton more. These Braves specialize in pulverizing and bludgeoning teams into oblivion, particularly after the six inning.
Eric S 9 hours 56 min ago (view)
Walnuts suck. Just sayin’
Arizona Phil 10 hours 5 min ago (view)
The Cubs have officially signed three more 2019 draft picks: RHP Zach Bryant (15th round - Jacksonville), RHP Johzan Oquendo (16th round - Leadership Christian Academy - Guaynabo, PR), and RHP Shane Combs (31st round - Notre Dame).
So the Cubs have now signed 24 of their 40 draft picks.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 13 min ago (view)
ERIC S: Dixon Machado is a glove-first SS (can also play 2B-3B) and a high contact hitter who is starting to show some HR pop. As for a veteran bat who might be available in a trade, OF Melky Cabera (PIT) might be a good target (switch-hitter who can play both OF corners).
crunch 10 hours 18 min ago (view)
while sharing chocolate chip cookie recipies contreras learned that flowers puts walnuts in his recipe and he's just not going to take that crap without speaking up. he took it a bit too far and said flowers might as well be making oatmeal raisin cookies, so it's all a big mess right now.
also, flowers survived his AB the next inning without incident.