Perez, Albertos, and Lee Silence D'backs Bats at Talking Stick.

Jake Slaughter, Gioskar Amaya, and Luis Verdugo stroked run-scoring singles to highlight a three-run 5th inning and Yunior Perez, Jose Albertos, and Chi-Feng Lee combined to hurl six innings of no-run/no-hit ball (Fauris Guerrero surrendered the first hit with two outs in the bottom of the 7th), as the Cubs "A" team defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

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

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, LF: 2-4 (2B, 1B, K, K, SB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 1B: 1-4 (P-5, 5-3 DP, 1B, 5-3, RBI)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7, RBI)
4a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-2 (BB, K, F-8)
4b. Danny Zardon, C: 0-0 (BB)
5. Henderson Perez, DH #1: 0-4 (L-9, K, K, 4-3 DP) 
6. Fernando Kelli, RF: 1-4 (1B, K, K, 5-3)
7. Ezequiel Pagan, CF: 2-3 (6-4-3 DP, 2B, 1B, SB, PO)
8. Josue Huma, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-U FC, R)
9a. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
9b. Albert Hinirio, PH: 0-0 (HBP) 
10. Jake Slaughter, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
11. Herson Perez, DH-2B: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Yunior Perez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Chi-Feng Lee: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (24 strikes)
5. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Alexander Guerra: 0-1 CS 
2. Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 18 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Best I've seen Jose Albertos throw since 2017. Struck out the side in his first inning and then three weak contact ground-outs in his second inning. He worked fast, threw strikes (72% strikes), and was able to command his 92-95 MPH FB (something he has not been able to do very often over the past couple of seasons) and mix it effectively with his CH and CV. In his last outing a week ago he needed only 18 pitches to get through two innings (six ground outs), but today he was actually dominating. 

nice.  appreciate some good news after watching the last 3 innings of today's game.

This is a great report.

Thanks PHIL! So, Albertos was “yips-free”?

E-MAN: Well, he was in his last two outings. Hope he can keep it up. 

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 49 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 31 min ago (view)

    Do you know who was available to pitch in relief?

     

  • crunch 5 hours 20 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 26 min ago (view)

    I liked the idea if not the result.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 37 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 5 hours 40 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 5 hours 43 min ago (view)

    ...and the cardinals have the lead.

    sigh.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 49 min ago (view)

    why is darvish still pitching...

     

  • crunch 5 hours 50 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 13 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 13 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 6 hours 53 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 7 hours 32 min 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 8 min ago (view)

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

    3 miscues, 1 cubs run.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 35 min ago (view)

    What a millstone Yelich must have been!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 23 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.