Three in Third Just Enough for Cubs at Salt River Fields

Taking advantage of three walks, three errors (all three on pick-off attempts), two balks, and a WP, the Cubs "B" Team plated three gift runs in the top of the 3rd and then hung-on to edge the Rockies 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

The Cubs managed only four hits in the game, although Yovanny Cuevas did reach base three times (two walks and a single) and scored a run, Rochest Cruz walked, tripled, and scored a run, and Brandon Vicens doubled and scored a run.

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

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-3 (K, BB, K, 1B)
2. Fabian Pertuz, DH #1: 0-4 (K, 5-4 FC, P-6, 6-4-3 DP, RBI, SB)
3. Pedro Martinez, 3B: 0-3 (K, BB, 2-3, 6-3)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (P-5, K, L-8)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (K) 
5. Widimer Joaquin, DH #2: 0-4 (K, F-9, F-7, K)
6. Carlos Morfa, LF: 0-3 (F-9, K, P-3)
7. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, R)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (L-7, F-9, 6-4 FC)
9. Brandon Vicens, RF: 1-3 (2B, K, F-7, R)
10. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 3B, K, R)
 
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Luis Ramos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Chi-Feng Lee: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Misael Garcia: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes) 

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jonathan Soto: 1-4 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

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. 

For example, he drew a walk in the 3rd inning on a 3-2 pitch and then personally caused a balk that got him to second, and then he enticed a pick-off attempt at 2nd that resulted in an errant throw that got him to 3rd, before scoring on a FC. It was like a death by a thousand cuts slow-motion little league HR. 

Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah.

He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

(Phil, we're from Chicago. We don't say it like that.)

Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

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  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 54 min ago (view)

    videographer: Alexander Guerra is 22 years old and is repeating AZL.

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    Exact same thing happened this year. 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Sounds like Cedeno is coming up? Didn’t sound like he impressed in his rehab at all though.

    Maybe a stretch, but I wonder if the Cubs might bring Drew Smyly back as an LHRP (he had some nice K numbers for the Brewers in AAA) and give Cedeno his release. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 45 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned LHRP Randy Rosario to AAA Iowa. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 48 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released C Francisco Arcia. 

     

  • Hagsag 10 hours 4 min ago (view)

    5:24 this morning.

     

  • The E-Man 10 hours 52 min ago (view)

    You gotta be quicker than that here if you were shooting for a “breaking news” post haha

     

  • Hagsag 21 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Gore to the Yankees.

     

  • The E-Man 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches

    ...and it's gone in the 8th.  now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 

     

  • Eric S 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)

     

  • videographer 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late?  2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %.  Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks