A Trio of Triples and a Tater Help Cubs Upend D'backs

Fabian Pertuz ripped a triple and scored on a Jonathan Soto sacrifice fly to put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd, D. J. Wilson smacked an RBI triple in the 3rd, Rafael Mejia belted a two-run triple in the 5th, and Brennen Davis blasted a solo HR leading off the bottom of the 7th, helping the Cubs "B" team rally from an early 3-0 deficit to overtake the Diamondbacks 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

Prior to the game on Field #5, RHP Keegan Thompson (on AA Tennessee 7-day IL since April 11th) threw "live" BP on Field #6.  

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

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-3 (F-8, 3B, K, BB, RBI)
2. Brennen Davis, RF: 1-4 (K, F-7, HR, L-8, R, RBI)
3. Pedro Martinez, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, BB, K, K)
4. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 1-3 (3B, K, BB, P-4, R, CS)
5. Jonathan Soto, C-DH: 0-1 (F-7 SF, 6-4-3 DP, BB, RBI)
6. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-2 (F-9, BB, F-9, R) 
7. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, 4-3, R)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1-3 (K, 3B, 5-3, 2 RBI)
9. Brandon Vicens, LF: 0-1 (BB, P-4 DP, BB, R)
10. Raymond Pena, DH-C: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8, SB)

CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Luis Ramos: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 4/0 GO/AO, 55 pitches (32 strikes) 
2. Luis Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Manuel Heredia: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Chris Allen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Jorge Remon: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 2 
1. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (overthrow to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. P Luis Ramos: E-1 (overthrow to 1st base on pick-off attempt allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

PHI wins over MIL...

cubs up 2.5 games in the NL Central.  nice.

odd events in SEA...

umps watching c.gearrin warm up and the umps are hudled around talking + video replay "review" in progress.  keep in mind, this isn't game play...this is warming up.

the umps seem to be concerned about how he's delivering the ball off the mound.

i've never seen anything like this.

gearrin is currently warming up without his "toe tap" delivery he was initially warming up as...

replay is being used without gameplay.  interneting.

confirmed, rules check on pitching motion.  wow.  neat.

the "toe tap" motion is not being used by gearrin as he was initially warming up.  he's been doing this most of the season, but now it's an issue.  *shrug*

PHIL: Couple of quick questions. Do you know what Keegan Thompson's injury is? And is Yovanny Cruz throwing? Maybe I'm misremembering, but I haven't seen him show up in any ASS box scores. Thanks!

K-DUB: I don't know what Keegan Thompson's injury was, and Yovanny Cruz was shut-down at the end of Minor League Camp because he was fully-stretched-out to five innings and 75-80 pitches with the South Bend squad and the Cubs wanted to go back to square-one with him since he won't be pitching at Eugene until mid-June. (They did the same thing with Eduarniel Nunez). But I don't know why Cruz hasn't been pitching in EXST games. 

Ok. Thanks, Phil!

rizzo out again, bryant at 1st.

also, a.russell is still riding pine while descalso plays 2nd.

 Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

Updates from Theo...

1. Morrow will be evaulated this week, could resume throwing soon

2. Hoerner (hand) will head to AZ later this week to resume hitting program

3. Alzolay will start Fri for AAA Iowa

4. Barnette to throw in extended spring game Wed

5. Caratini coming back soon

reminder...morrow got shut down from his rehab in late april...throwing again could have him back by late may/early june.  surgery could mean the cubs paid $21m for 30.2ip.  there is a $12m club option, but...yeah.

also, woo alzolay starting friday in AAA.

Are teams still able to get insurance policies on pitchers in case of injury?

yes, though some teams don't even bother.  no idea if morrow is insured or what the cubs front office general stance is about insuring players.

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    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 16 min ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 8 hours 44 min ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

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  • erich081 5 days 22 hours ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

     

  • Hagsag 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.

     

  • Charlie 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.

     

  • crunch 1 week 11 min ago (view)

    MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago.  minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...

    i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.