Giant Orange No Match for Cubs at Riverview

D. J. Wilson belted a two-run triple, walked twice, and scored a run, Luis Verdugo drilled two RBI singles, Carlos Morfa smacked a solo HR and singled, and SP Erich Uelmen hurled four innings of one-run ball, leading the Cubs "B" team to an 8-3 victory over the Giants Orange squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.   

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

Cubs @ Nationals Series Thread (Games 42-44)

The Cubs (25-16) continue their road trip with a swing over to the old District to take on the 4th place (?!) Nationals (18-25).

The Nats are off to a disappointing start. Losing Bryce Harper on the free agent market is only part of the explanation. Trea Turner has been on the IL since early April with a broken finger. Veterans Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Eaton have WRC+'s of 81 and 93 respectively. And the bullpen has put up an MLB worst 6.20 ERA despite being the least exposed bullpen in the majors (only 127.2 IP). In the positives column, their rotation leads the majors in strikeouts per 9 innings and Baseball Reference rates them as leading the league at 4 wins above average. Anthony Rendon also continues to be excellent at all things baseball. Check out the day-by-day matchups below.

Barnette Throws in EXST Intrasquad Game at Riverview

Danny Zardon and Marcus Mastrobuoni walloped back-to-back solo HR over the LF fence in the bottom of the 1st inning, Luis Diaz tripled, singled, and scored a run, and Herson Perez singled, stole a base. scored a run, and drove-in another with a sacrfice fly for the "A" team, and Widimer Joaquin ripped an RBI double, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Raymond Pena (RBI double) and Richard Nunez (RBI single) drilled run-scoring hits to cap a four run 3rd inning for the "B" team, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after six innings of play with the score tied 5-5.

RHRP Tony Barnette (on Cubs MLB 10-day IL - right shoulder inflammation) started the game for the "A" team and threw 14 pitches (8 strikes), recorded four outs (2/2 GO/AO), and allowed a walk before being relieved after he reached his pre-planned pitch limit. 

RHSP Erick Leal got the start for the "B" team and was struck on the left leg just below the knee with a high-velocity line-drive off the bat of Luis Diaz in the bottom of the 1st inning and had to be carried off the field. Leal surrendered the back-to-back homers to Zardon and Mastrobuoni just prior to getting hit by the Diaz liner, so needless-to-say it wasn't exactly the best of outings for the right-hander. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

Cubs @ Reds: Quintana vs. Castillo (Game 41)

CHC (25-15): LHP José Quintana (4-2, 3.50 ERA)
CIN (19-24): RHP Luis Castillo (4-1, 1.76 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

Quintana looks to pick up the Cubs after last night's extra-inning loss. His first start of the year remains his lone disappointing appearance of 2019 to date. Outside of that April 5 loss to Milwaukee, he hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in a start. He's also been effective at keeping the ball on the ground, a healthy strategy for anyone pitching in the Great American Bandbox. Joey Votto is 7-14 in his career against Quintana.

Albertos Keeps Rollin' at Riverview

D. J. Wilson singled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, Jonathan Soto drilled an RBI single, Jose Gutierrez rifled a two-run double, and Jose Albertos fired three innings of shutout ball (four strikeouts, 5/0 GO/AO, FB 94-97, and struck out the side in his final inning of work), as the Cubs "B" team whitewashed the Athletics Green squad 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.  

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

RHP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL - May 2018 TJS) saw his first game action in more than a year, working one shutout inning (17 pitches).   

Jose Albertos last three EXST outings (combined): 
7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 14/0 GO/AO, 93 pitches (59 strikes)

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

Cubs @ Reds: Darvish vs. Gray (Game 40

CHC (25-14): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA)
CIN (18-24): RHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 4.15 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

We're roughly a quarter of the way through this season. The Cubs are in first, Bryant is back on track, Baez and Contreras still look like All-Stars, and Hendricks has found his groove.

Rockies Relentless at Salt River Fields

Jesus Asuaje rifled two doubles, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Bladimir Restituyo belted a triple and an RBI single, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Reese Berberet  (RBI double), Julio Carreras (RBI single), and LeeMarcus Boyd (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to a 15-hit attack, as the Rockies repelled the Cubs "B" team 6-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.    

The Rockies stole seven bases (no CS) and had traffic on the bases every inning (they left 14 men on base in addition to scoring six runs). 

Caleb Knight (a two-run double and a single) and Fabian Pertuz (two singles, a double, a stolen base, and a run scored) provided most of what there was of Cub offense in the game. 

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

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