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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  • Sonicwind75 1 hour 54 min ago (view)

    Off all the awards and accolades Rizzo earned during his time in Chicago; perhaps the most important is being named the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017.


  • crunch 2 hours 8 min ago (view)

    technically correct is the best kind of correct.

    also, rizzo's charity work (himself and the time he gives, not just his money) is top notch stuff.


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  • bradsbeard 6 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!


  • Hagsag 11 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 19 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).

    Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season. 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 52 min ago (view)

    So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign. 


  • crunch 19 hours 30 min ago (view)

    similar story, similar quotes, different site/author


  • QuietMan 19 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network

    Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.

    @TonyAndracki23 with the story.



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  • Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."

    That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time.  they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...

    reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...


  • videographer 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    /With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players.  We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated.  It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.

    He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges. 


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.

    "I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."

    ...dude, no.  keep that to yourself.