Giants Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Power Display at Cubs Expense
Chicago native Donovan McIntyre belted a grand slam to put the Giants up 4-2 in the 2nd inning and Eliam Sandoval, Javier Castillo, and Estanlin Cassiani cracked solo home runs later in the game to provide a cushion, as the Giants used the long ball to defeat the Cubs 11-6 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Friday morning at the San Francisco Giants Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, AZ.
Wally Soto slugged a two-run HR and Ed Howard, Anderson Suriel, and Christopher Paciolla laced RBI doubles for the Cubs in a losing cause.
The game was called after seven innings of play.
Three pitchers called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy last week (Wilme Mora, Luis A. Reyes, and Yenrri Rojas) made their U. S. game debuts in the game, throwing one inning each. Mora allowed two solo home runs, but struck out two (both swinging), and Reyes and Rojas each tossed a 1-2-3 inning.
Although he did allow a HR and (as usual) had difficulty throwing strikes, Cubs RHRP Eduarniel Nunez (on Tennessee 7-day IL) came out smokin', with his FB clocking in at 100 MPH.
Prior to the EXST game at Papago Park, RHP JP Wheat threw a bullpen side session back in Mesa, and RHP Luis Devers, LHP Drew Gray, RHP Kenyi Perez, and RHP Mathew Peters threw "live" BP at Sloan Park.
When the Cubs play the Giants in Extended Spring Training, Nick Lovullo (son of Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo) is the Cubs manager and Jacob Heyward (brother of Jason Heyward) is the Giants manager. Yesterday Torey Lovullo attended the Cubs - D'backs EXST game at Salt River Fields (the MLB Diamondbacks had an off day at home), and it was not the first time Torey has been at a game managed by his son this year.
In EXST Cubs roster news, C Ronnier Quintrero (2019 IFA Venezuela - $2.9M signing bonus) has been released. At the time of his release R. Quintero was hitting 294/368/294 with no XBH and 2/5 BB/K (11% walk rate and 26% K-rate) in nine Cactus League EXST games (19 PA), and he was tied for second on the team in RBI with Jefferson Rojas with five (both trailing only Anderson Suriel, who has seven). He also threw out one of six baserunners who tried to steal against him (17%) and committed one passed ball.
THE RONNIER QUINTERO SAGA:
After not playing in 2019 (the year he signed) and 2020 (the minor league season was canceled due to CoViD), Quintero arrived in the U. S. at post-2020 AZ Instructs and it was clear from the gitgo that he was not in shape to play in games, so he was used as a bullpen catcher (only) at all of the Cubs AZIL games that year. He also did not hit in any games. He could put on a show in BP (albeit hitting against a coach or a machine) and there was no questioning his arm strength, but his receiving skills were poor and he had a lot of difficulty hitting "live" pitching.
Quintero did play in the AZL (now ACL) in 2021 and 2022, hitting a combined 174/287/272 with two HR, one double, and one triple in 39 games (108 PA). He also committed six errors and six passed balls in just 29 games played as a catcher over the course of those two seasons.
Quintero also participated in Extended Spring Training in both 2021 (played in only two games due to illness) and 2022, and in AZ Instructs post-2021 (just 20 games combined between 2021 EXST, 2021 AZIL, and 2022 EXST):
2021 EXST: 200/333/200 - 6 PA (two games) - 1-5 - 0 BB and 1 K (17%K-rate) - 1 HBP - DEFENSE: 0-1 CS and 1 PB
2021 AZIL: 211/348/211 - 23 PA (eight games) - 4-19 - no XBH - 4 RBI, 1 RUN, 3 BB (13% walk-rate), 9 K (39% K-rate) - DEFENSE: 2-13 CS (15%), 1 PB, 2 E
2022 EXST: 000/154/000 - 13 PA (10 games) - 0-11 - 2 BB (15% walk-rate) and 5 K (38% K-rate) - 1 GIDP - DEFENSE: 1-3 CS, 2 E (both throwing)
Here is the abridged box score from Friday's game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1. James Triantos, DH #1: 0-1 (HBP, BB, F-7, 2 R)
2a. Ed Howard, DH #2: 1-1 (2B, BB, 2 R, RBI)
2b. Brayan Altuve, PH-CF: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. Christopher Paciolla, SS: 1-2 (P-4, 2B, RBI)
3b. Jefferson Rojas, PH-SS: 0-1 (P-3)
4. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 2-3 (2B, 6-3, 2B, R, RBI)
5a. Jairo Diaz, C: 0-2 (F-7, K)
5b. Wally Soto, C: 1-1 (HR, R, 2 RBI)
6. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 1-2 (1-3, BB, 1B)
7. Geury Lubo, 3B: 0-3 (F-7, 5-4-3 DP, 5-4-3 DP)
8. Raino Coran, RF: 0-3 (F-8, K, K)
9. Ismael Mena, CF-DH: 0-2 (L-6, K)
10. Christian Olivo, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9, CS)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Gleiber Morales: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 41 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Max Bain: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 39 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Wilme Mora: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Luis A. Reyes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Yenrri Rojas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. SS Christopher Paciolla: E-6 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely & two unearned runs to score)
2. 1B Anderson Suriel: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
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