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"
JustSayin' 8 hours 32 min ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 9 hours 32 min ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 16 hours 51 min ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.