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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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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  • crunch 6 hours 2 min ago (view)

    semi-interesting winter league note...

    trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer.  15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.

    giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago.  he never went anywhere.  he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player.  last season he played in the OAK minor league system.  30 years old now...

     

  • jdrnym 12 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?

     

  • crunch 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...

     

  • crunch 15 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.

     

  • bradsbeard 17 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 8 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 19 hours 24 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t

     

  • bradsbeard 19 hours 25 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 44 min ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:

    https://twitter.com/mlbastian/status/1202973097223237632

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 1 min ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.