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 

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

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  • crunch 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    A's have decided to not be horrible and to pay their minor leaguers through the end of the season (august)

    "“I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” A's owner John Fisher told the Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake. I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do. We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor-league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.""

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago

     

  • Alexander Dimm 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram

     

  • Charlie 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

    https://theathletic.com/1849574/2020/06/02/a-conve...

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

    unlocked/free article.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person

     

  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker: 

    https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/12678894685...

     

  • Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.