Padre Pick-Ups Pace Cubs at Salt River Fields

Yeison Santana went 4-4 (solo HR and three singles) and scored three runs, Owen Caissie drilled two doubles and a single, drew a walk, scored a run, and  knocked-in two, Felix Stevens blasted a two-run HR, Jose Lopez belted a two-run triple, and SP Porter Hodge fired 3.1 IP of shutout ball, as the Cubs demolished the Rockies 13-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game was called after 7-1/2 innings of play.  

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

1. Ismael Mena, CF: 1-5 (4-3, 2B, K, E-7, K, R, RBI)
2. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-3 (5-3, F-8 SF, K, 4-3, BB, R, RBI)
3. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-4 (L-5, 1B, HBP, P-5, K, 2 R, SB)
4. Owen Caissie, RF-DH: 3-4 (BB, 2B, 1B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Felix Stevens, DH: 2-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, HR, L-5, R, 2 RBI, CS)   
5b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 0-0 (BB, R) 
6a. Matt Warkentin, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, HBP, 1B, R) 
6b. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
7a. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-3 (F-8, 6-4 FC, K) 
7b. Jose O. Lopez, LF: 1-2 (L-8, 3B, 2 RBI)
8a. Yeison Santana, 2B: 4-4 (1B, HR, 1B, 1B, 3 R, RBI)
8b. Wally Soto, 2B: 0-1 (L-3) 
9. Yovanny Cuevas, LF-RF: 0-3 (HBP, F-8, F-9, K, R) 


1. Porter Hodge: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 3/5 GO/AO, 51 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Alberto Sojo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Joel Machado: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 


Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS 


: Sunny with temperatures 110+ 


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



AZPhil! Hope all is well!

What's the deal with Joel Machado? Did he have TJ back in 2019 or did the Cubs just hold him back? At least he was stateside, could see him as one of the ACL clubs' better pitchers hopefully 

KKvG: LHP Joel Machado was a high-profile J-2 16-year old signed by the Cubs out of Venezuela in July 2018.

He arrived at EXST in Mesa in 2019 and was not very impressive, displaying a BP-type 83-86 MPH FB and a hanging CV. He did not pitch in the DSL or in the AZL in 2019, although I don't know if that was because of his stuff or an injury.

He was at AZ Instructs post-2020 but did not pitch in any games. I would presume he was probably metriculating in the Pitch Lab. 

He was not at Minor League Camp in April, but I have seen him throw to hitters three times so far at EXST, an intrasquad "sim" game and two Cactus League EXST games. He was hit hard in the "sim" game and in the first Cactus League EXST game last week vs AZ, but he was much better yesterday vs COL. 

Thanks, esp didn't know he was at instructs last year. I saw this clip in 2019:

with ugly swings and some whiffs, plus yeah remember him being regarded some

Anything new on velocity? Should be some more 90s by now

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Dillon Maples does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 


  • crunch 10 hours 4 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom is the new cubs all-time rookie HR leader.


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 21 min ago (view)

    The Cubs will very likely be splitting the AZIL position players into two 14-man squads (like they did last year), with each squad playng in every other-game, and with the other squad having a Camp Day instructional work-out on a back-field when that squad is not playing in a game. There will also be five combined Camp Days during the course of the four weeks for all players from both squads.  


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 44 min ago (view)

    DJL: No. Signing a 2022 minor league successor contract would only matter with regard to a player in the Arizona Fall League, because the AFL schedule goes past the date when minor leaguers are declared free-agents. 

    AZ Instructs ends on October 16th, which is about two or three weeks before minor league free-agency, so the three guys at Cubs Instructs who are eligible to be free-agehts after the World Series (Dakota Chalmers. Nicholas Padilla, and Eury Ramos) do not need to sign successor contracts in order to play in AZIL games. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Charlie. I lost my father almost 2 years ago now, some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Wrigley with him.

    All the best wishes to you, sir.


  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 2 min ago (view)

    If you had Bote in the '11-'12- '13 Cubs draft dead pool, then you are a winner!


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Dakota Chalmers... interesting. He's scheduled to be a MILB FA, correct? Would this be a good sign he has signed a successor deal?


  • Cubster 15 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Maples dfa. Double Martini too.  Hoerner and Thompson back and Keegan to start today. Hoerner bats 5th.


  • crunch 15 hours 19 min ago (view)

    it's never a good time to be in the hospital, but things are extra complicated right now.

    hope everything goes well for everyone.

    go cubs


  • Charlie 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Listening to this in a hospital room because we are blacked out on I don't know which surprises me more, that the Cubs haven't beaten the Brewers since April or that the Cubs beat the Brewers in April.


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.


  • Jackstraw 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.


  • Eric S 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.


  • George Altman 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?


  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.


  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip 4.81era - 1.35whip