Brendon Little Throws "Live" BP & Danny Hultzen gets Game Work at EXST
Jorge Barrosa belted a two-run triple and singled twice, Jose Corpa drilled a two-run triple and scored a run, and Luvin Valbuena doubled, walked, and scored two runs, leading the Diamondbacks past the Cubs "A" team 6-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Jake Slaughter laced an RBI double and a single, Edmond Americaan singled, doubled, walked, and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni drove-in two runs with an RBI single and an RBI FC, stole a base, and threw out a runner attempting to steal a base, to aid the Cubs in a losing cause.
LHP Danny Hultzen (on AAA Iowa 60-day IL - 2016 shoulder surgery rehab) saw his first game action of 2019, getting the start and striking out the side (all three swinging, and he threw 83% strikes) in the top of the 1st inning, and RHRP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL - May 2018 TJS) threw a 1-2-3 2nd inning (4-3, 6-3, K-swinging) as he continues to look sharp while rehabbing from May 2018 TJS.
Once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball (he was the Seattle Mariners 1st round pick and the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UVA), the 29-year old Hultzen still has a plus-CH and a very solid breaking ball and he runs his cutter at a respectable 88-90 MPH, and he has outstanding command of all of his pitches, too, but the problem he had last year (and it remains to be seen if the issue has been resolved) was that he was unable to throw more than one inning per appearance and he was also unable to throw two days in a row. If he is going to be an MLB lefty reliever he will need to be able to either throw multiple innings or pitch at least two days in a row.
Prior to the game on Field #5, LHP Brendon Little (Cubs 2017 1st round draft pick) and RHP John Pomeroy (ex-PIT) threw "live" BP on Field #6. This was the first time Little has faced hitters since straining his lat in his first "live" BP session of Minor League Camp the first week of March.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, DH #1: 0-4 (L-3, K, 4-3, K)
2a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 1-1 (2B, R)
2b. Alexander Guerra, PH-DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9)
3. Edmond Americaan, LF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 2B, K, R)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-4 (6-4 FC, L-6 DP, 1B, F-9, R, 2 RBI, SB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B-1B: 2-4 (2B, 6-3, F-9, 1B, RBI)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-4 (K, 1B, K, 1B, SB, CS)
7a. Orian Nunez, 1B: 0-2 (E-5, L-8)
7b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 1-2 (3B, P-4, R)
8. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-3 (P-3, K, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
9. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 2-3, K)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Danny Hultzen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Willy Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Omar Ventura: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Manuel Espinoza: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (26 strikes)
6. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 35 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 3
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
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First.Pitch.120 4 hours 53 min ago (view)
Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!
crunch 18 hours 2 min ago (view)
ha. also, this reminds me that Grand Slam cereal existed in the late 90s. it was basically Kix with the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (in baseball items shape). it was actually really good.
Charlie 20 hours 24 min ago (view)
I just love cereal so much
bradsbeard 21 hours 49 min ago (view)
Yeah, both of those guys have some versatility. Could make a nice platoon if it ever came to that.
bradsbeard 21 hours 50 min ago (view)
Rooting for General Mills?
Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 8 min ago (view)
I like that they're trying Robel and Giambrone all over the diamond.
Charlie 22 hours 14 min ago (view)
I'll just be here salivating over the possibility of observing a sub-70MPH curve ball. :)
Rooting for Mills in general. Seems like fun as a 5th starter.
crunch 23 hours 17 min ago (view)
dusty baker + adam greenberg piece...
Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 21 min ago (view)
Man this Dodger broadcast is garbage.
Sonicwind75 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Thanks Phil for these breakdowns. Really helpful.
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns. they're really useful.
strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing. he didn't even look happy with himself out there.
Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game:
NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot...
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
hell of a 1st game. even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one. i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title. spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games. it was a fun watch, though.
my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game. that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
"i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace