Brennen Davis Flies-off to South Bend as A's Green Walk-off at Fitch Park

Iraj Serrano drilled a walk-off line-drive RBI single to RF with one out in the bottom of the 9th to drive-in Yhoelnys Gonzalez with the winning run as the Athletics Green squad rallied for a run in the 8th and one in the 9th to edge the Cubs "B" team 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Fabian Pertuz singled twice, stole a base, and scored the lone Cub run, Caleb Knight rifled the sharply hit ground RBI single to CF that scored Pertuz, threw-out two A's baserunners attempting to steal, and back-picked another one off 1st base, and Jorge Remon, Blake Whitney, and Chris Allen combined to hurl six innings of one-hit shutout ball with eight strikeouts for the Cubs. 

Prior to the game, Cubs "B" team OF Brennen Davis (Cubs 2018 2nd round draft pick - Basha HS - Chandler, AZ) was moved up to Lo-A South Bend from EXST.

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1. Reivaj Garcia, DH #1: 0-4 (F-7, 6-3, F-9 DP, K)
2. Pedro Martinez, SS: 1-3 (BB, 2B, 6-3, K, SB)
3. Ezequiel Pagan, RF: 0-4 (K, F-8, F-7, 6-3) 
4a. Carlos Morfa, DH #2: 1-3 (5-4 FC, 1B, K, CS)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-0 (BB)
5. Ervis Marchan, 1B: 0-4 (4-3, F-8, K, K)
6. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R, SB)
7. Caleb Knight, C-DH: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
8. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-3 (1B, F-7, 6-4-3 DP)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K) 
10. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, K)

1. Jorge Remon: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Chris Allen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Pablo Ochoa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 4/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Raidel Orta: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes) 


Caleb Knight: 2-2 CS, 1 PO 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


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


Phil, is it just me or is Chris Allen getting a lot of people out?

HAGSAG: Chris Allen was at AZ Winter Instructs January-February, then at Minor League Camp in March (but he didn't pitch in any ST games), and then Extended Spring Training after that, but he didn't pitch in any EXST games until about two or three weeks ago.

He hasn't allowed a run yet at EXST. Good size (6'4). Still lanky so he could fill-out. Throws strikes (70% strikes today). 87-90 MPH two-seamer has sink and runs away from RH hitters, and he has a plus-CV and also throws a CH. Six up / six down today (3-U, 6-3, K, K, K, 4-3).

Because he was held back a bit this year he's not stretched-out yet. 50/50 right now whether he goes to Eugene and works out of the pen or stays in Mesa and starts for one the Cubs AZL squads. He definitely has some upside. They call guys like him "projectable." 

3 days. 3 outfield injuries in South Bend.

Americaan Airlines flight in the morning?

TIM: Edmond Americaan is the most-talented OF left at EXST but he is raw (even moreso than Roederer and B. Davis) and he can't hit LHP.

Fernando Kelli spent the 2018 season at Eugene and was competing for a slot at South Bend in Spring Training but a bad Minor League Camp performance nixed that, but he has played very well (at least offensively) at EXST. He would seem to be the most-likely outfielder to be moved-up to SB. 

Jose Gutierrez is technically on the SB 7-day IL and is on a "rehab" at EXST and has been playing in games, but the reason he is at EXST is more a matter of not having any room for him at MB or SB. He's basically a single-A 4th OF at this point. He can play all three OF positions. The Cubs could assign Gutierrez to MB and move Jimmy Herron down to SB from MB (something that was probably going to happen eventually anyway). 

Dalton Hurd struggles to make contact as a hitter but he plays with a high-energy motor that managers and coaches like and he has made several spectacular catches at EXST. Up until B. Davis was moved-up to South Bend, Hurd was expected to be the 4th OF at Eugene (behind B. Davis, Americaan, and Kelli). 

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  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

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    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip


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  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

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