Cubs Clutch Hits in 8th Offset by Errors in 9th

Jake Slaughter (two-run double) and Dalton Hurd (RBI triple) stroked back-to-back two-out run scoring XBH to highlight a three-run 8th inning rally that gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead, but the A's took advantage of two errors to plate the tying run in the bottom of the 9th, as the Cubs "A" team and the Athletics Green squad battled to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

SP Danis Correa and five relievers combined to hurl a four-hitter for the Cubs. In fact, Cub pitchers retired the first 13 A's batters they faced before allowing a baserunner (a walk), and then did not allow a hit until one out in the bottom of the 6th.  

Correa was especially impressive in his two innings of work, easily retiring all six batters he faced (K, K, F-7, 3-1, 4-3, K) while showing off his 93-96 MPH FB and a much-improved CV (CH still needs work, though). Along with Yovanny Cruz, Jose Albertos, Eduarniel Nunez, Jeremiah Estrada, Yunior Perez, and Kohl Franklin, Correa is smack dab in the middle of the competition for 2019 starting rotation jobs at Eugene.  

The game was pre-planned as an eight inning contest, but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

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

1. Edmond Americaan, CF: 1-3 (K, BB, 3-1, 1B, R)
2. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (3-U, K, BB, BB, R)
3. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 1-4 (L-7, K, K, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Dalton Hurd, DH-LF: 1-4 (6-3, F-8, L-7, 3B, RBI)
5a. Carlos Pacheco, LF-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-9, L-7) 
5b. Herson Perez, PH: 0-1 (3-U)
6. Orian Nunez, C: 0-3 (K, L-4, P-6)
7. Danny Zardon, 1B: 0-3 (P-4, K, 3-U)
8. Miguel Pabon, SS: 0-2 (E-4, HBP, K)
9. Albert Hinirio, RF: 0-3 (6-3 DP, P-6, K)

1. Danis Correa: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Omar Ventura: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Didier Vargas: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Maikel Aguiar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Luis Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 
6. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (14 strikes) 

1. SS Miguel Pabon: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base attempting to complete 1-6-3 DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. P Ivan Medina: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

Orian Nunez: 2-2 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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


Thank you as always, Phil, for your amazing ASS. Did you get a chance to notice any velocities and pitch mix for Luis Rodriguez?

K-DUB: Luis Rodriguez uses his CV and CH extensively and I don't have FB velo for him (yet), but Omar Ventura FB was 89-92 with a solid CH and a passable CV yesterday.

L. Rodriguez is 19 and is listed as 6'1 190, but he looks like he's 25 (he has a thick black beard) and he's probably more like 6'1 215.  

Thanks, Phil.

K-DUB: Luis Rodriguez FB velo at EXST this morning was 89-91 T-92. 

Thanks, Phil.

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  • Eric S 3 hours 21 min ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 


  • crunch 3 hours 44 min ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.


  • tim815 4 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.


  • crunch 5 hours 29 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.


  • crunch 5 hours 32 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.


  • crunch 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.


  • Eric S 6 hours ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer


  • crunch 6 hours 16 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.


  • crunch 9 hours 7 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.


  • VirginiaPhil 9 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Control problems?


  • crunch 9 hours 36 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again


  • crunch 15 hours 59 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.


  • Hagsag 16 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)


    way to break a tie.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)