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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  • crunch 5 hours 39 min ago (view)

    a loss is a loss, and there's more than a few of them with various people at fault...but kimbrel giving the cubs 4 losses in 22.2ip when given a lead to work with is some kind of special for a guy getting $16m a year to throw 60-70 innings.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Criaig Kimbrel has allowed nine HR in 22.2 IP, and Rowan Wick is the only pitcher who has thrown as many as 33 IP in MLB in 2019 who has yet to allow a HR. 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 41 min ago (view)

    brewers win.

    14 wins in their last 16 games.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    I think what we saw with Joe Maddon and the Cubs players in 2019 is what happens when an audience has seen a comedian one too many times and the same old jokes that used to be hilarious just aren't funny anymore. Joe needs to find a new audience. 

     

  • crunch 9 hours 49 min ago (view)

    along with that, i'm not sure how maddon will adapt to not being able to use 6-15 pitchers in a 9 inning game once that's history.  it seems to be hard-wired into his managing DNA.  it's a bit of an exageration to say he wouldn't adapt, but his extremely "hands on" bullpen management seems to be one of his things.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Maddon shoulders plenty of blame. I’m not saying blame shouldn’t be anywhere else (cough pitching development) but Maddons style of managing is designed to keep a team loose. This team has been a little too loose since 2017. To say nothing of the puzzling bullpen management, excessive trust game to game and year to year, and other issues. Joe was the perfect guy to get this team the first title. He was never going to get us a second.

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 32 min ago (view)

    And the MLB clubs that would probably have the highest degree of interest in Maddon for 2020 would be the Mets, Phillies, Angels, Pirates, White Sox, and Rockies (probably in that order).

     

  • BobbyD 10 hours 51 min ago (view)

    I despised that pterodactyl clown on the ass sox last year. Now that's he's made it his miss to put the Cubs in a death spin... Just drop him off somewhere far away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 55 min ago (view)

    I'm gonna say Mike Borzello will be managing the Cubs in 2020, and Mark Loretta will get the SD job. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Kimbrel has until October 31st to designate the eight MLB clubs to which he will not accept a trade, and then it will be up to the Cubs to find a taker (and good luck with that). 

     

  • Charlie 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Can we go back and swap Kimbrel for Keuchel?

     

  • crunch 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    so...

    who's gonna manage the cubs next year?  =p

    barring a miracle over the next week i dunno if he's gonna make it to 2020.  replacing the manager is generally the go-to for a team looking to make a "major change" without actually spending much money.  i dunno if maddon can survive this collapse even if he doesn't shoulder much blame.

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Updated 2019 Cubs PH numbers (sorted by PA): 

     

  • crunch 11 hours 16 min ago (view)

    baez K's on 3 pitches.

    cubs lose their 5th in a row.  brews play a night game.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 17 min ago (view)

    The patented Cub Tease Rally

     

  • crunch 11 hours 19 min ago (view)

    baez pinch hitting.  okay, then.