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):

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS
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 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 

Arizona 
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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

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Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.

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  • First.Pitch.120 2 hours 22 min ago (view)

    I did 3/4 of a PhD in Ames, IA... no need to apologize. That's time that can jade anybody. The best parts of my years there were 1) Cubs on local AM radio (pre cell network streaming) so I could listen to them on a run, and 2) being able to go see the I-cubs whenever I wanted. Was at a game there on July 4, 2007 & I saw a guy sitting 1 section over, a couple rows up and I thought "that looks like Barack Obama". Turns out it was the whole Obama family... Gotta love IA in a pre-caucus year. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 5 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...

     

  • crunch 14 hours 37 sec ago (view)

    paul dejong (STL) took out the M in  the "BIG MAC LAND" sign @STL with a big HR...lights went out on the letter and everything.  epic-ish.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECYHA12XoAAyp45?format...

     

  • crunch 14 hours 7 min ago (view)

    i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch

     

  • Cubster 15 hours 4 min ago (view)

    And the Brewers are being no hit by Hudson thru 6.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 17 min ago (view)

    never really considered how that might be cool for people used to seeing those midwest fields as an everyday occurance.  in the south-east US you rarely see the vastly massive acerage of farm-against-farm-against-farm-etc...

    also, i spent a good amount of time out in corn fields in ames, iowa in my last job.  everyone wanted to go work the research fields in hawaii, but we always ended up in iowa.

     

  • Sonicwind75 17 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Hey, I'm pretty excited about the Field of Dreams game.  I grew up on a farm in middle of nowhere Iowa and my brother and I spent a lot of time trying to hit baseballs into a corn field.  I'm seriously considering coming back next summer from Texas to go to that game if prices aren't super stupid expensive.  Added bonus, I won't have to listen to A-Rod and Mendoza ignorantly discussing corn and no, you don't eat field corn like you would sweet corn. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.