Cubs Lay Lumber on D'backs at Riverview

Fernando Kelli collected three singles and a walk, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Gioskar Amaya drilled an RBI double and a single, stole a base, and scored three runs, Wladimir Galindo blasted a three-run HR, Marcus Mastrobuoni laced an RBI double, singled and scored, and walked, Abraham Rodriguez doubled and scored and drew a bases-loaded walk to force-in a run, Dalton Hurd singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked-in another, and Rochest Cruz rifled an RBI single and a triple and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the Diamondbacks in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.  

The Cubs bashed-out 16 hits (ten singles, four doubles, a triple, and a HR) and drew five walks to propel the high-octane offense that was on display in the game. 

The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that hosted the D'backs consisted of elements of both the Cubs "A" team and the Cubs "B" team. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 3-4 (6-3, 1B, BB, 1B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB, PO)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 2-5 (6-3, 2B, E-6, 1B, K, 3 R, RBI, SB)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, K, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 2-3 (1B, 2B, BB, F-9, R, RBI)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, P-6, BB, F-9, R, RBI)
6. Dalton Hurd, RF: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, F-8, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
7a. Orian Nunez, DH #2: 0-2 (E-6, F-7, R, RBI)
7b. Richard Nunez, PH-DH: 1-2 (5-3, 2B, RBI)
8. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 1-3 (6-3, BB, 1B, L-9)
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 1-4 (1B, F-7, 5-3, K, RBI)
10. Rochest Cruz, SS: 2-4 (1B, P-3, 3B, 4-3, R, RBI)
11. Widimer Joaquin, DH #3: 0-2 (K, K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped 3rd & 4th times thru batting order

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 41 pitches (26 strikes) 
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Manuel Espinoza: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Didier Vargas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
 
CUBS ERRORS: 1 
2B Herson Perez: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS, 1 PO, 1 PB

CUBS BASERUNNING
1. Rochest Cruz - thrown out 7-5-4 attempting to take extra base on RBI single
2. Carlos Pacheco - thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

The Cubs have moved hot-hitting INF Robel Garcia (295/391/590 with six HR in 22 games) up to AAA Iowa from AA Tennessee. Here is what I wrote about Garcia when the Cubs signed him last October: 

https://www.thecubreporter.com/10302018/hes-robel

One thing to keep in mind about Garcia is that because he was a second-contract free-agent (he was previously released by CLE), the Cubs might have him under control for just the 2019 season (TBD). 

A second contract player can be signed for one year or (with consent of the player) any number of years up through the player's seventh minor league season. Garcia will have accrued five minor league seasons by the end of the 2019 season, so the Cubs - MIGHT - have him under control through the 2021 season, or it could be only through the 2020 season, or it might be just for the 2019 season (again, TBD).   

If the Cubs have Garcia under control beyond this season, he will be Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2019 unless he is added to the MLB 40-man roster by 11/20. 

If he is not under control beyond the 2019 season, he will almost certainly (at minimum) be offered a 2020 minor league successor contract (which he does not have to sign), otherwise the only way the Cubs would be able to keep him from becoming a free-agent is by adding to the MLB 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. 

So the Cubs really needed to move Garcia up to AAA to find out just how good he really is. He had nothing left to prove at AA. 

was hoping this would happen sooner than later.  nice.

i'm not expecting anything great, but i do want him facing more advanced pitching closer to his age/experience.

FWIW, Robel Garcia was available in the AAA Phase of last December's MLB Rule 5 Draft, but was not selected. (The Cubs moved him from the AAA Iowa reserve list to the AA Tennessee reserve list on 11/20).  

And yet, the DD battery is undefeated. Plus, Caratini is playing pro baseball again so TD’s days are numbered. In the meantime, what better rest could there be for Willy than to skip Yu’s exhausting turns?

14 innings, 7 SB, 3 wild pitches over DD's last 3 starts as a tandum.

yu is so slow to the plate and his stuff doesn't always hit the mark.  i just think it's a bad matchup pairing davis/darvish given the 2 skill sets trying to compliment each other. 

the wild pitches technically aren't taylor's issue, but a more mobile guy could have gotten in front of at least 1-2 of those depeding on how loose you want to be with assuming another catcher could have gotten in front of those pitches.

Caratini a better receiver than TD? Hopefully so 

darvish has mostly been paired with contreras...he pulled the short straw or something when carantini went down.  *shrug*

caratini has worked ham/Q this season.  maybe davis doesn't do well with lefty starters, though he did catch 5 innings of montgomery yesterday.

either way, caratini will hopefully be back very soon.

davis isn't trash, but i dont like how the paring of darvish/davis has been playing out.

Alex Avila (strained quad) said to be close to returning to Diamondbacks which would give them four catchers on the 25. D'backs are looking for a #5 starter and they had to be impresed by what they saw of Tyler Chatwood when he threw against them last month.

Avila is making $4.25M in 2019 and Chatwood gets $12.5M in 2019 and $13M in 2020. It would require some financial offset for 2020, but that could be something that could get done.   

I'd be infavor of pairing Darvish with whoever is the best pitch framer. But I'm not sure the Cubs have one right now?

darvish is easily the slowest guy to the plate out of the starting crew.  contreras nullifies it.  taylor exacerbates it.

neither are horrible on their own, but in combination they open up an exploitable weakness.

i don't know why they didn't stick taylor with q, ham, or hendricks rather than darvish.

it's not the worst issue with either guy (especially since no catcher will make darvish suddenly not walk everyone while barely being able to put in 5 innings), but it's not helping.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Down three in WC with 6 to play, if the answer isn’t “everyone” you’re doing it wrong.

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Do you know who was available to pitch in relief?

     

  • crunch 5 hours 47 min ago (view)

    cubs lose their 6th in a row, 5 in a row by 1 run.

    MIL won and has a 4 game lead for the 2nd WC slot.

    xrays negative on bryant's ankle.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 54 min ago (view)

    I liked the idea if not the result.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Another Joe Maddon baffling decision. I wonder if Wittenmyer will say it was Theos fault.

    Edit: to stem the tide, he goes with Pedro Strop. Gotta give Pedro the chance to work his way back into postseason favor!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Even if we allow Hendricks to be called the ace, Lester is a 4. The others are 5s. That’s not a rotation that leads anyone to the postseason.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    ...and the cardinals have the lead.

    sigh.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 16 min ago (view)

    why is darvish still pitching...

     

  • crunch 6 hours 17 min ago (view)

    you'd assume they have to bring in an ace of some sorts because none of those 6 are any better than a 2-3 slot rotation type as we know them now.

    well, to be fair hendricks is an ace on paper, but even if he keeps doing what he's doing for another decade i dunno if i would ever feel comfortable calling the dude throwing 86mph an ace.  he's earned ace status, though.  meh, semantics...and prejustice against soft tossers...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 40 min ago (view)

    We’d be in deep, deep trouble if that’s the starting 5 next March. I’d think only one of those 3 start the year in the rotation. Trades or maybe FA signings will fill out rotation.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 40 min ago (view)

    that would make the offseason interesting if he did.

    no ham, no darvish, lester pitching like a middle/end rotation guy...

    Q and hendricks locked in with lester...graveman + a.mills + chatwood could compete to slot in, but it's highly unlikely they're the full answer for both slots...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Anybody else getting the feeling Yu might opt out?

    Words I’d never thought I’d say. I’m even more surprised that I’d rather he not opt out!

     

  • crunch 8 hours 3 sec ago (view)

    ...and k.bryant screws his leg/knee/ankle reaching trying to beat out a single...which he didn't.

    he's being helped off the field.  neat.

    i.happ playing 3rd because whatever.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 35 min ago (view)

    cards have caught one hell of a case of cubbery in the bottom 1st.

    3 miscues, 1 cubs run.

     

  • Charlie 10 hours 3 min ago (view)

    What a millstone Yelich must have been!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 50 min ago (view)

    I think he made a few good points but was misguided in laying next to no blame on Maddon. He’s made many questionable decisions and plenty of those decisions have cost the team games.

    Gordo was correct in laying blame on ownership. They hamstrung the front office. I have a hard time believing all they would have added was Descalso and Brach if they could have. Every time they had more money become available they added.