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

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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  • I had a good chuckle listening to the espn crew question the decision of pinch hitting a cold off the bench Javy for a veteran left handed hitter like Descalso - that discussion became moot pretty quick!

    So many good things about the bottom of the ninth. Even Willson‘s at bat - though it didn’t result in a run - was a quality, grinding at bat after falling behind 0-2. Didn’t fall for the outside slider cheese as he’d done in similar situations before. 

    Eric S 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • CUBS WIN!!!!

    javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the outfield...no chance.

    crunch 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.

    crunch 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • tie game!!!

    crunch 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • cubs are losing tonight and the cubs lost last night, but it's been a hell of a couple games.

    crunch 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • Dear Theo: Please DFA Cedeno 

    Your bud,

    Eric S

    Eric S 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • dat pen tho.

    crunch 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • I guess that would have been one way to find out!

    bradsbeard 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • Phil’s Organizational Depth Chart has everyone listed. I check it everyday.

    Hagsag 4 hours 57 min ago view
  • Been wondering if Hultzen was still in the organization. 

    bradsbeard 6 hours 40 min ago view
  • schwarber / bryant / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso(2nd) / russell / Q

    baez may be back tomorrow.

    crunch 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • Thanks! (And to crunch below, as well!)

    Charlie 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • if that double play was turned darvish may have escaped the inning with 0 runs, but he didn't help himself after it got blown.

    the double play attempt that only resulted in a single out hurt the bottom line of the inning, but the 2 walks and 2 hits (single, triple) were solidly hit and all on darvish.

    the triple took a bad bounce off the wall and would have been a double on a better day, but the runs would have scored either way.

    crunch 13 hours 30 min ago view
  • It was very different from Hendrick’s 6th inning from the night before. Darvish still had good command and the tying run came off a good pitch - a soft grounder just to the left of Russell. One nit with Maddon maybe not removing Yu with two outs and Hernandez up (the one guy in the lineup who had squared up Yu in both his prior at bats). But even his triple was weird - it should have driven in just one run but had crazy spin english on it to elude Hayward to cause a single to turn into a triple. Oh well, hope the Cubs respond well tonight. 

    Eric S 13 hours 42 min ago view
  • How bad was the 6th? I was blacked out last night, but the box score suggested Yu was commanding hisnpitches up to that point.

    Charlie 14 hours 28 min ago view
  • I guess Kyle Ryan and his much ballyhooed “revitalized” delivery is more useful than Xavier Cedeno but that’s not really saying much. 

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view