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 14 min 28 sec ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."

     

  • crunch 2 hours 43 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 50 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 4 hours 50 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.

     

  • Charlie 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 52 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

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  • jdrnym 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

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    It's high time if you ask me.

     

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  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.

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