Caissie at the Bat and Hodge on the Slab a Winning Combo at Riverview
Owen Caissie blasted a two-run HR over the right-centerfield fence just to the right of the CF Batter's Eye in the 4th and a three-run HR just to the left of the CF Batter's Eye (off a LHP) in the 5th, Yovanny Cuevas belted a solo HR, Ezequiel Pagan drilled an RBI double, Miguel Fabrizio laced a two-run single, and SP Porter Hodge fired four innings of shutout ball on just 38 pitches, as the Cubs trounced the Rockies 11-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa,AZ.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
Over their first six Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, the Cubs are 3-2-1.
With his two HR today, Owen Caissie has now reached base safely in 13 of his 18 PA over the course of the Cubs first six Cactus League EXST games, including two homers, four doubles, four sngles, and three walks (he's hitting a robust 667/722/1.333 - 2.055 OPS).
Cubs top 2019 J-2 IFA signing Ronnier Quintero made his pro game debut, beginning the game at DH and then finishing the game at catcher. He went 0-3 -- K-swinging in his first AB in the 2nd inning, then a 3-U GO in the 4th, and a 6-3 GO in the 6th, before reaching base on a HBP in the 8th and scoring on Fabrizio's RBI single. He was clearly gassed after running the bases in the 110-degree heat in the bottom of the 8th, and after a delay in the top of the 9th while he downed the contents of a water bottle at home plate after warming up the pitcher, he was able to finish the game.
While this was his pro game debut. Quintero did attend post-season AZ Instructs last October in Mesa, but he did not play in any AZIL games (not even as a DH). Rather, he spent 100% of his time learning the catching trade, and was the bullpen catcher at all of the games, in addition to catching as much "live" BP and as many side-bullpen sessions as he could handle.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, R, RBI)
1b. Felix Stevens, LF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
2. Jared Young, 1B-DH: 0-2 (6-3, HBP, 1-3, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
3. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-3 (F-8, K, BB, K, R)
4a. Owen Caissie, RF: 2-3 (4-3, HR, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI)
4b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
5a. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-1 (3-U, HBP)
5b. Oswaldo Pina, 3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
6. Ronnier Quintero, DH-C: 0-3 (K, 3-U, 6-3, HBP, R)
7a. Ismael Mena, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 5-3)
7b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-0 (BB, R)
8a. Widimer Joaquin, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
8b. Juan Mora, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
9a. Malcom Quintero, C-DH: 0-2 (F-7, F-8)
9b. Miguel Fabrizio, PH-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B, 2 RBI)
10. Shendrik Apostel, DH-1B: 0-1 (BB, BB, 5-3, 2 R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first time thru batting order
1. Porter Hodge: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Luis Devers: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Andricson Salvador: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Johzan Oquendo: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Yovanny Cabrera: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Gregori Montano: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. LF Ezequiel Pagan: E-7 (fielding error on line-drive single to LF allowed batter to reach 2nd base)
2. 3B Oswaldo Pina: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS
2. Ronnier Quintero: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Party cloudy with temperatures 110+
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Hagsag 2 hours 11 min ago (view)
Sonicwind75 2 hours 53 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 3 hours 7 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.
tim815 6 hours 11 min ago (view)
Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?
bradsbeard 7 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 12 hours 49 min ago (view)
Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!
Arizona Phil 16 hours 18 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 16 hours 51 min ago (view)
So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign.
crunch 20 hours 29 min ago (view)
similar story, similar quotes, different site/author
QuietMan 20 hours 50 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.
Wrigley Rat 22 hours 2 min ago (view)
Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.
Charlie 1 day 2 hours 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 2 hours 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 3 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 4 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 5 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.