Cubs Bats Are Double-iscious at Riverview

Frank Hernandez, Dilan Granadillo, and Alejandro Rivero drilled RBI doubles and Moises Ballesteros singled twice, drew a walk, and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Cristian More, CF: 0-2 (BB, K, 4-3, PO)
1b. Brayan Altuve, CF: 1-1 (1B, RBI, SB)
2. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, HBP, K, R, SB) 
3. Moises Ballesteros, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, F-8, 1B, BB, R)
4a. Frank Hernandez, LF: 1-2 (2B, F-7, BB, R, RBI)
4b. Flemin Bautista, LF: 0-1 (K)
5a. Dilan Granadillo, C: 1-2 (2B, BB, 4-3, R, 2 RBI)
5b. Miguel Pabon, C: 0-1 (L-9)
6a. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, 5-3, R)
6b. Bryan Serra, 2B: 0-1 (K) 
7. Alejandro Rivero, 1B: 2-4 (F-7, 2B, 1B, F-9, 2 RBI)
8. Matt Warkentin, DH #2: 0-3 (E-6, 6-3, 6-3 DP)
9a. Anderson Suriel, RF: 1-2 (1B, 4-3) 
9b. Carlos Morfa, RF: 0-1 (K) 
10. Joanfran Rojas, SS: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, R) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Wilfri Figuereo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (13 strikes) 
2. Gregori Montano: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Samuel Reyes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Dominic Hambley: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Cristian Rojas: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 39 pitches (23 strikes) 
6. Angel Gonzalez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 
 
CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Rafael Morel: E-5 (fielding boot allowed batter to reach base safely)  

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Dilan Granadillo: 1-1 CS, 1 PB

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Anderson Suriel - runner thrown out 9-2 attempting to score on F-9  

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 15 

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

Comments

Michael McAvene, Koen Moreno, Tanner Jesson-Dalton, Erian Rodriguez, Alberto Sojo, and Andricson Salvador threw early-morning bullpens today, so they may be getting close to being EXST game-ready or at least ready to throw "live": BP. Ben Hecht threw "live" BP earlier this week. 

The ACL season starts on June 6th, and with the MLB draft being held six weeks - AFTER - the start of the ACL season instead of a week or two - BEFORE - the start of the ACL (formerly AZL) season as used to be the case, what you see in EXST right now - IS - the 2022 ACL Cubs. So once the ACL season starts, don't expect to see any ACL Cubs reinforcements for at least six weeks (probably more like two months). 

PHIL: Thank you so much for the velocities you listed yesterday, notes taken. Dom Hambley was not among them as that list was mostly about 2021 DSL arms. I see Hambley pitched today. Can you relay anything on how his stuff looks? Velocity, pitch mix, etc.?

Thanks!

K-DUB: Dominic Hambley was FB 90-93 and CV 79-81 on Saturday, and the CV was his best pitch. FB is just OK, nothing special. The FB is used to set-up his CV.  

Last October at Instructs his FB velo was down to 85-87, but his CV was just as good as it is now. What was causing the alarmingly low FB velo last FalI I do not know, but whatever it was has apparently been fixed.

Thank you, Phil!

PHIL: Also, any word on the status of Benjamin Rodriguez? (I can't find him on the depth chart. I might've missed him, so many names to keep track of...) Thank you!

KDub - Ben Rodriguez was released earlier in the year.

Thanks, Rat. Missed that. I was rooting for him, but he just couldn't stay healthy, I guess.

Rodriguez was released.

Thanks, Tim.

Higgy hittin'.400 here!