Albertos Keeps Rollin' at Riverview
D. J. Wilson singled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, Jonathan Soto drilled an RBI single, Jose Gutierrez rifled a two-run double, and Jose Albertos fired three innings of shutout ball (four strikeouts, 5/0 GO/AO, FB 94-97, and struck out the side in his final inning of work), as the Cubs "B" team whitewashed the Athletics Green squad 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest.
RHP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL - May 2018 TJS) saw his first game action in more than a year, working one shutout inning (17 pitches).
Jose Albertos last three EXST outings (combined):
7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 14/0 GO/AO, 93 pitches (59 strikes)
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF-DH: 1-2 (BB, BB, 1B, K, 2 R, SB)
2. Pedro Martinez, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, K, 1B, R, SB)
3a. Brennen Davis, RF: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
3b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-1 (2B, 2 RBI)
4. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3 DP, 3-1, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (F-9, K, P-6)
6. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (P-6, 1B, L-8)
7. Brandon Vicens, DH-RF: 1-3 (2B, 6-4 FC, 4-3, R)
8. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3)
9a. Ricardo Verenzuela, LF: 0-1 (F-9 SF, K, RBI)
9b. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 1-1 (1B)
10. Reivaj Garcia, DH #2: 0-3 (4-6-3 DP, 3-U, K)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/0 GO/AO, 50 pitches (30 strikes)
3. Richard Gallardo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Omar Ventura: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Elias Herrera: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Charlie 1 min 33 sec ago (view)
If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.
crunch 18 min 30 sec ago (view)
i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.
Dolorous Jon Lester 56 min ago (view)
Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.
Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!
Arizona Phil 14 hours 29 min ago (view)
jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs.
jdrnym 21 hours 57 min ago (view)
Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.
crunch 22 hours 40 min ago (view)
jeremy jeffress agrees.
Rob Richardson 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
It's high time if you ask me.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
as awesome as bryant is, it would probably be good for the cubs to find him a new home before his play at 3rd turns him into a corner OF'r...which seems inevitable sooner than later.
i'm still impressed how much his D improved since he was drafted, but he's already losing a step at the position early in his career.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.
Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
3B Alec Bohm and RHSP Spencer Howard would likely be the Cubs asking price and the Phils probably say no, but if they don't say no, that could be a deal.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant. Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue.
bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Humerous 30 minutes this morning when both Mark Gonzalez and Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted out that the Cubs would be receiving Conor Lillis-White as the PTBNL in the Tommy La Stella trade as if it were just now happening.
crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.
long time coming for miller.
crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.
i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.
i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
Their friend Donald will come through for them.