Alzolay Goes Four as Cubs & Rockies Draw in Extras
Brandon Vicens singled in the 3rd, walked and scored on a Rafael Mejia RBI double in the 7th, and drilled a game-tying two-run double in the 8th, Fabian Pertuz singled twice and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni belted a solo HR, walked twice, scored two runs, and threw out two baserunners attempting to steal and back-picked another one off 1st base for the Cubs, and Eddy Diaz singled and tripled and SP Anderson Amarista hurled four innings of shutout ball for the Rockies, as the two teams played to a ten-inning 5-5 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Adbert Alzolay (on AAA Iowa 7-day IL - lat strain) got the start for the Cubs and worked four innings (59 pitches). He allowed three runs on five hits (four singles and a Shael Mendoza solo HR), issued one walk, uncorked a WP, and committed two balks. He also struck out eight (six swinging).
Alzolay grew stronger as he worked deeper into the game. After allowing five of the first eight men he faced to reach base, he dialed it up a notch and retired eight of the last nine (seven by strikeout).
Cubs pitchers struck out 17 Rockies during the course of the game, and Chi-Feng Lee pitched an "immaculate" top of the 10th (he struck out the side on nine pitches).
The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that took on the Rockies consisted of elements of both the "A" team and the "B" team.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-5 (K, 1B, 4-3, 1-3, L-3)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, P-6, K, 5-3)
2b. Kevin Moreno, PH: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-3 (L-6, 5-3, BB, 4-3)
3b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B, PO)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (4-3, HR, BB, BB, 2 R, RBI)
5. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K, BB, R)
6. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, P-6, 1B, R)
7. Brandon Vicens, RF: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (F-7, 2B, 5-3, P-6, RBI)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-4 (F-7, E-4, 2B, F-9, RBI, SB)
10. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, K, K)
1. Adbert Alzolay: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2 BALK, 2/1 GO/AO, 59 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Junichi Tazawa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Joel Machado: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (13 strikes)
6. Chi-Feng Lee: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 9 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (overthrow on attempted back-pick at 3B after 5-3 GO allowed runner to score)
2. 2B Rochest Cruz: E-4 (missed catch on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2-5 CS, 1 PO
Kevin Moreno - thrown out 9-6 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to RF
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & a bit breezy after morning rain with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
First.Pitch.120 34 min 18 sec ago (view)
AZ PHIL: can you tell us a bit more about the "likely" ranking for PJ Higgins? I haven't had a chance to see him IRL. His stat sheet looks ok but not necessarily above some others. Is it a case of the "useful AAA catcher who can also do other things while not destroying you with the bat"?
JustSayin' 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 4 days 20 hours ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 4 days 20 hours ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 5 days 16 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 6 days 20 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 6 days 20 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 6 days 20 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 6 days 23 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 week 1 day ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 1 week 1 day ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.