Giant Orange No Match for Cubs at Riverview
D. J. Wilson belted a two-run triple, walked twice, and scored a run, Luis Verdugo drilled two RBI singles, Carlos Morfa smacked a solo HR and singled, and SP Erich Uelmen hurled four innings of one-run ball, leading the Cubs "B" team to an 8-3 victory over the Giants Orange squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (3-U, BB, BB, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
2. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (L-4, 3-U, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Brennen Davis, RF: 0-3 (1-3, K, P-4, BB)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-4 (L-8, 2B, 6-3, K)
4b. Caleb Knight, C: NO AB
5. Pedro Martinez, 3B: 0-3 (F-9, K, BB, K, R)
6. Fabian Pertuz, 2B: 1-3 (BB, P-4, 1B, P-3, R)
7. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, F-9, K)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, BB, F-7, 2 R)
9a. Carlos Morfa, LF: 2-2 (HR, 1B, R, RBI)
9b. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-2 (2B, K, R)
10. Yovanny Cuevas, DH #2: 1-4 (P-3, 1B, L-7, 5-3, R, RBI)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Erich Uelmen: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/AO, 70 pitches (44 strikes)
2. Raidel Orta: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Maikel Aguiar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 3
1. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (overthrow to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Fabian Pertuz: E-4 (missed catch on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jonathan Soto: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Caleb Knight: 1-1 CS
CUBS "B TEAM BASERUNNING:
Carlos Morfa - thrown out 7-5-4 attempting to advance to 2nd base after RBI single
NOTE: Morfa injured his left ankle sliding into 2nd base and had to be helped off the field
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 31 min ago (view)
It feels like you have no time to let players you know are good figure out how to get out of slumps. It's not ideal, and feels very much like it's not baseball.
crunch 16 hours 14 min ago (view)
at least this HOU/OAK game has been great since the DET/PIT game has ended. sigh.
crunch 16 hours 52 min ago (view)
at least this DET/PIT game has been great. no cubs til tuesday at the earliest...boo.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 26 min ago (view)
jdrnym: A player being on the Restricted List for a full season makes that season not a qualified season toward minor league free-agency, so will Mark Zagunis (who otherwise would be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2020) being on the Restricted List as the result of opting-out of the 2020 season (he was assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool in July) keep him from being a minor league 6YFA post-2020? If not, then Zagunis needs to opt back in even if he is no longer assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool.
jdrnym 18 hours 46 min ago (view)
Baseball America confirms that 2020 will be considered a "qualified season" for the purposes of determining minor league free agency.
crunch 18 hours 47 min ago (view)
"Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Friday that Ryan Helsley and Austin Dean are the two players that tested positive for COVID-19."
Cubster 19 hours 47 min ago (view)
I presume they come back to Chicago for the weekend and travel to Cleveland on Tuesday.
Saved from an August weekend in Stl. Plus, it might eliminate any road games vs Stl. They might do makeups during the 3 game series at Wrigley Mon 8-17 to Wed 8-19 (Thursday 8-20 is a scheduled off day for the Cubs but StL plays the Reds in StL at night) or the 4 game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Friday 9-4 through Mon 9-7.
crunch 20 hours 24 min ago (view)
i can't even imagine what it's like playing fantasy baseball this season.
Arizona Phil 21 hours 39 min ago (view)
So the Cubs are off until Tuesday.
Hagsag 22 hours 16 min ago (view)
Make the Deadbirds forfeit all three games.
crunch 1 day 36 min ago (view)
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Based upon the way MLB handled the Marlins positive tests and the Phillies only potential exposure, I wouldn't be surprised if all three of the Cubs-Cards games this weekend will ultimately be canceled.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Tonight's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed due to an additional Cards positive CoViD-19 test.
The additional STL player who tested positive had apparently been out in public with the others who tested positive earlier this week when they were infected, so while the new positive test is not a surprise, the lag/delay in the player testing positive is probably a bit concerning/disappointing.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
...only because ESPN no longer shows australian rules football.
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
This is baseball.
This is the sport we like.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
top 9th, 1 out, men on 1st/2nd...alec mills steps to the plate.
they're down by 13 runs. i want to end this, too.