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)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 37 min 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 day 9 hours 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 day 9 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 1 day 9 hours 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.
Arizona Phil 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.
Cubster 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 3 days 12 hours ago (view)
For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.
crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.
green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.
crunch 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)
mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...
crunch 5 days 8 hours ago (view)
t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.
i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.
he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.
that said, his career is far from done. most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.
Arizona Phil 5 days 12 hours ago (view)
Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).
Arizona Phil 5 days 13 hours ago (view)
If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -.
The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract.
Hagsag 5 days 13 hours ago (view)
Got to get Taylor Davis back.
Arizona Phil 5 days 13 hours ago (view)
So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).