Dingcong-Kelly Combo Too Much for Cubs at Fitch Park
Gio Dingcong belted a two-out two-run double to put the A's on the board in the bottom of the 1st and SP Rafael Kelly tossed five innings of one-hit shutout ball, leading the Athletics Gold squad to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs "B" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-3 (6-3, F-8, F-9)
2a. Ricardo Verenzuela, RF: 0-2 (2-3, 1-U)
2b. Ervis Marchan, RF: 1-1 (1B)
3. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B)
4. Fabian Pertuz, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, 6-3, K)
5. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-3 (K, K, F-7)
6. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-3 (L-4, 1B, F-9, CS)
7a. Caleb Knight, C-DH: 0-1 (F-7, BB)
7b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-0 (BB, R)
8. Carlos Morfa, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, BB, K)
9. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-2 (K, BB, 1B, RBI)
10. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, 1-2-3 DP, 1B, CS)
11a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #3: 1-1 (1B)
11b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-0 (HBP)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 6/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Carlos Vega: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Ivan Medina: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Widimer Joaquin: E-5 (overthrow to 1st base on infield single allowed runner on 1st to advance to 3rd)
2. 3B Widimer Joaquin: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. C Richard Nunez: E-2 (Catcher's Interference allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Caleb Knight: 0-1 CS
2. Richard Nunez: 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Charlie 2 min 36 sec ago (view)
I would absolutely accept that scenario, including the line for Chatwood (provide there's no homerun mixed in there).
crunch 2 hours 48 min ago (view)
"Per ESPN.com's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball's executive council has granted the Rays permission to explore a plan that would allow them to start the season playing home games in Tampa Bay and finish their home schedule in Montreal. "
Jackstraw 4 hours 16 min ago (view)
Chatwood announced as starter for tonight, but since Alzolay was scheduled to go for Iowa today I don't think it's a fluke he was called up. He could piggyback nicely after Chatwood throws 96 pitches in 4 innings with 9 Ks and 5 walks.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 55 min ago (view)
The Cubs could give Alzolay three starts (6/20 vs NYM, 6/25 vs ATL, and 6/30 at CIN), then option him to the minors on 7/1 when (presumably) Craig Kimbrel and Tony Barnette are brought up, then leave Alzolay at Iowa for 14 days through the All-Star Break, and recall him to start the game on 7/15 or 7/16 vs CIN (if Hendricks isn't ready to come off the IL after the ASB).
Arizona Phil 6 hours 7 min ago (view)
The thing about Tim Collins is that because he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), he must give his consent each time he is optioned or outrighted to the minors, and while he obviously did give his consent when he was optioned to the minors after being signed in March and then again in April and again in May after brief call-ups to MLB, he is no longer willing to do it, and so to get him off the 25-man roster, the Cubs have no choice but to release him (if he isn't traded or claimed off waivers sometime in the next seven days).
George Altman 17 hours 26 min ago (view)
The Adbert Alzolay era begins tomorrow. Collins DFAd
Eric S 18 hours 36 min ago (view)
Ozzie Albies routinely loses his helmet while running the bases - his helmet even has a parody twitter account.
crunch 18 hours 40 min ago (view)
MIL lost, so the cubs are in 1st by a half game.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 42 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released LHRP Brian Duensing.
Duensing was sent outright to AAA Iowa at the end of Spring Training (because he has Article XIX-A rights Duensing had to consent to the assignment), and was placed on the I-Cubs 7-day IL on May 12th.
So the Cubs are on the hook for Duensing's entire $3.5M salary, unless he signs a major league contract with another club (not too likely).
Arizona Phil 18 hours 47 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed second-contract FA RHRP Willians Vasquez to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to DSL Cubs #2.
Now 22, W. Vasquez was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an 18-year old J-2 IFA out of Venezuela in 2015, and he spent three seasons in the DSL prior to being released by the Braves this past February.
crunch 19 hours 47 min ago (view)
lester goes 5.2ip and gives up 3 runs. it wasn't pretty, but it wasn't ugly.
crunch 20 hours 2 min ago (view)
Charlie 20 hours 4 min ago (view)
He loves it almost as much as Javy loves insisting on replays.
crunch 20 hours 18 min ago (view)
...and a flawless throw to nail t.anderson trying to steal 3rd.
crunch 20 hours 29 min ago (view)
is there anyone in baseball who loves to shed their helmet while running as much as almora?
crunch 20 hours 58 min ago (view)
...and a solo HR. all 5 RBIs belong to him after 3 innings.