Giants Edge Cubs at Indian School Park

Jeremy Sy belted an RBI triple and a single and Nick Noonan singled, doubled and scored a run, as the Giants edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, AZ.


The Cubs were held hitless by Giants pitchers through the first five innings, before breaking through with two runs in the top of the 6th.   

Ricardo Marcano led off the inning with a line-drive single through the box, and advanced to 3rd base on a two-base throwing error on a pick-off attempt at 1st base. Marcano later scored on a 4-3 GO. Then Rashad Crawford walked with two outs, stole 2nd base, and scored on an Alberto Mineo line-drive double into the RF corner.

19-year old 6-7 Dominican RHP Jeferson Mejia made his U. S. game debut today (he was at Instructs last fall but didn't pitch in any games), and he struggled with his control over his 1.2 IP stint (40 pitches - only 17 strikes). He allowed two runs on two hits (both singles), three walks and a WP, and was unable to complete his second inning of work, but he also struck out three (all three swinging).   

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB, BB, R, SB)
2. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, F-7, RBI, CS)
3. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-4 (K, P-3, E-6, 4-3)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3, F-8, K)
5. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-3 (BB, F-9, K, K)  
6. Eufran Vargas, C: 0-4 (L-3 DP, 6-3, 6-3, K)
7. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R)
8a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, RBI)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 0-1 (1-3)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, 1-3, 1B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Graham: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 7/0 GO/FO, 43 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Jeferson Mejia: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (17 strikes)  
NOTE: Mejia's second inning was stopped with two outs and runners at 1st & 2nd
3. Zak Hermans: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eufran Vargas: 1-2 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's


Comments

Javier Baez rolled his ankle last Friday... "I thought it was broken," Baez said...Baez suffered the injury at Memphis while fielding ground balls during batting practice. "I jumped a little bit to throw the ball and when I landed, it was kind of like a hole or something (there)," Baez said. The 21-year-old said after rolling the ankle, he braced for the worst. "I thought I was done," he said...Despite being eligible to come off the disabled list this Friday, Pevey said Baez could be out five to seven days...Baez had been dealing with back issues before the team went to Memphis, but he said Tuesday those have dissipated..."It's great," Baez said.
He added that he expects big things upon his return. "I'll be more patient (at the plate) when I come back," Baez said.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/base...

"I'll be more patient (at the plate) when I come back," Baez said.

bwhahahahahaha. oh man. wow. hahaha. phew...wow.

okay dude.

i wonder how much of that back pain is from his hacks... he actually has a good number of swings where his momentum takes his back foot off the ground (and still manages to put the ball over a fence).

I think he'll clean up his mechanics a bit. I am sure they're working on that. His swing reminds me a bit of a Sammy Sosa sneeze.

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Jake Arrieta very good in his 3rd rehab assignment. 5.2Ip 1r 3h BB 2K 82p 52k

I heard he's going to get one more rehad start. But that may still be up in the air some.

Guy on ESPN's chat with Jesse Rogers today asked
"Is there any hops of the Cubs resigning Shark...what's a fair deal, 6 years $85 million?"

Oof....please no

He's going to get about $10 mil in arbitration next season, if he doesn't completely fall apart this season. So 5/75 after that. With salaries escalating throughout baseball, that doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I think Samardzija is looking for a lot more though.

I suppose...I just don't get it though....ridiculous for a pitcher who has never put it together for a whole season, and is approaching 30 already.

Maybe I've just seen/heard a few too many comments elsewhere saying he should get more. So 6/85 didn't seem unreasonable. But that doesn't make it smart.

I think he'll sign with the Cubs because no other organization will pay him what the Cubs will. This may be stating the obvious, but I think on most other teams, he's not an ace.

Edwin Jackson got 4/52.

Edwin Jackson has been a MLB starting pitcher, however mediocre, for 268 starts. Samardzija has 69 starts. Jackson had put together a few solid seasons, and managed to win some games...Samardzija bailed on last seasons because the Cubs were out of it and had a 5.30 ERA in July-Oct.
Samardzija has more ability, not so much results yet...over a full season.

well at least they didn't get no-hit

sanchez (PIT) obviously blocks the plate...CIN uses a challenge on an out call...call is upheld...CIN loses a challenge as well as not getting the call.

the mess of challenge replay review + "new catcher rules" continues.

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  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 14 min 27 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 27 min 54 sec ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • QuietMan 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 24 min ago view