Cubs Edge D'backs at Salt River Fields
Oswaldo Pina stroked three hits (singled, stole a base, and scored in the top of the 2nd inning, singled in the 4th, and smacked a solo HR leading off the 7th), Rochest Cruz, Henderson Perez, Brandon Vicens, and Raymond Pena collected two hits a piece, and SP Niels Stone hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.
In addition to pelting D'backs pitchers with 13 hits, the Cubs also drew six walks in the game.
The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that traveled to Salt River Fields consisted of elements of both the Cubs "A" team and the Cubs "B" team.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Albert Hinirio, CF: 1-4 (E-3, F-7, 3B, P-5, R)
2. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B+E2, BB, L-4, R, CS)
3. Henderson Perez, C: 2-4 (K, 1B, P-3, 1B, RBI)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, 1B: 0-4 (K, 5-4-3 DP, K, 1-3)
5. Danny Zardon, DH #1: 0-2 (1-3, BB, P-3, BB)
6. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 0-2 (F-9, 3-1, F-8, BB)
7. Oswaldo Pina, SS: 3-4 (1B, 1B, HR, 5-3 DP, 2 R, RBI, SB, CS)
8. Brandon Vicens, RF: 2-3 (1B, BB, F-8, 1B, CS, PO)
9. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 4-1, BB, K, RBI)
10a. Raymond Pena, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, F-8, 1B+E5)
10b. Herson Perez, PH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
1. Niels Stone: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 53 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Elias Herrera: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/4 GO/AO, 40 pitches (22 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Widimer Joaquin: E-5 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 15 min 30 sec ago (view)
it's either that or montgomery/chatwood...i'll take AA
Hagsag 38 min 22 sec ago (view)
Phil, thanks. You are the Man!
tim815 43 min 57 sec ago (view)
Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?
I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.
Eric S 1 hour 25 min ago (view)
Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote.
Andy 1 hour 33 min ago (view)
I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.
JustSayin' 1 hour 40 min ago (view)
Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017. He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment. Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing. I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.
crunch 2 hours 29 min ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 2 hours 37 min ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 2 hours 37 min ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 2 hours 38 min ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 49 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 5 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 4 hours 26 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 4 hours 39 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 4 hours 43 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.