Cubs and Angels Tie-Up Loose Ends After Nine

Rafael Mejia walloped a line-drive three-run HR over the LF fence to give the Cubs "B" team a 3-1 lead in the 5th, but Cam Williams (RBI double) and Michael Hermosillo (RBI single) stroked consecutive two-out run-scoring hits in the 7th for the Angels, as the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after nine innings of play. 

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

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Pedro Martinez, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, K, K, F-8, PO)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-4 (K, 6-3, 3-U, 4-3)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1N, BB, 3-1)
4. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (F-8, 5-4-3 DP, BB, E-4)
5. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-4 (K, 2B, K, F-8, R)
6a. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 0-1 (BB, P-6, PO)
6b. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Abraham Rodriguez, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, BB, L-4, R)
8. Rafael Mejia, DH #2: 1-3 (K, HR, K, R, 3 RBI)
9. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
10. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-2 (BB, L-7, 6-3)

CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 4/5 GO/AO, 44 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Danny Hultzen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Ruben Reyes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes)

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 1 
3B Fabian Pertuz: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

As far as Danny Hultzen's one-inning outing today is concerned, he threw 15 pitches (12 strikes) and got four swings & misses on his SL (which was 84-87 today) and his FB was sitting 94-95 (it was 94-97 last time). Three of the four batters he faced were LH hitters, and while he struck out the side (as he has in three of his four outings), he did allow a one-out David Clawson book-rule double (fly ball pulled into RF corner that bounced off warning track and over fence). Among Hultzen's strikeout victims today was MLB rehabber OF Michael Hermosillo (on LAA 60-day IL since Spring Training), who struck out swinging on a slider leading off the 4th. 

Jose Miguel Gonzalez a possiible innings-muncher?

TIM: Could be. JMG is rehabbing from major elbow-area surgery (not sure if it was TJS or something else) from last June, but he got stretched-out with multiple "live" BP and sim game outings over the last six weeks at EXST prior to his start today, and he should be one of the Cubs AZL SP this season (he would have been one last year if not for the season-ending injury sustained during EXST). . 

tim cossins stepping in for b.hyde to manage the O's today.  hyde is at his kid's graduation.

good for him.

len casper and aj pierzynski in the booth is an awful combo so far.

neither seem comfortable playing off each other and there's a lot of comments being followed by dead silence.  aj isn't bad...len is len...not clicking so far, though.

they seem to be trying to figure out how to make it work on the fly.  hopefully it'll warm up after a while.

AJ is quite boring.

he is a bit boring, but he's surprisingly more humble and self-deprecating for the sake of a laugh than i expected him to be.  that said, he doesn't offer a whole lot of excitement.

AJ isnt much, but he is better than Aroid!

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  • QuietMan 11 hours 31 min ago (view)

    I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list.  "Sorry Honey, can't do it."

    Thanks Phil.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 32 min ago (view)

    or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...

    jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 8 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract 

     

  • crunch 14 hours 42 min ago (view)

    oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.

     

  • QuietMan 15 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Non Baseball related injury.  Does he still get paid?

     

  • Ryno 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    A digital nerve sounds like something that would be repaired with a copper wire and solder.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Per Sun-Times: Jose Quintana out two weeks after cutting a digital nerve in his pitching  left thumb and requiring microsurgery to repair the nerve, from a kitchen dishwashing accident last week. Hard to say what impact that might have on his repertoire. The sensation can take 2-3 months to return if the repair is successful.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.