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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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 8 hours 47 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 9 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 9 hours 54 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 10 hours 15 sec ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 16 hours 2 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.