Chicago Cubs: Dae-Eun Rhee
PHOENIX -- Before Saturday’s game the Cubs cleared out a little more space in the major league locker room by assigning two more players to minor league camp.
Right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee and catcher Micah Gibbs were sent back to the club’s minor-league facility at Fitch Park.
The Cubs have now assigned six players to minor league camp in two separate moves, bringing their spring roster to 57 players: 27 pitchers, six catchers, 14 infielders and 10 outfielders.
The good: Despite giving up a dozen runs, not all Cubs pitching was bad. In fact, the pitchers started strong as the first nine A’s batters were retired. Starter Rodrigo Lopez pitched two perfect innings followed by a 1-2-3 inning from Carlos Marmol. Rafael Dolis also had a perfect inning while lefty Trever Miller retired four of the five batters he faced.
The bad: Jeff Beliveau and Dae-Eun Rhee gave up most of the A’s runs in a two-inning stretch. Beliveau didn’t even retire a batter, giving up a home run and three walks to load the bases. Not only did Rhee allow his three inherited runners to score (all on Allen’s grand slam), he also was charged with five runs (four earned) himself.
Beyond the box score: Two Cubs runners getting picked off first base in one inning didn’t look good, but manager Dale Sveum wasn’t all that displeased. If Sveum was bothered by anything, it’s that both Darwin Barney and David DeJesus thought about advancing on pitches in the dirt but second-guessed themselves and were cut down returning to the first-base bag. Sveum is preaching to trust your first instinct on the bases.
Up next: Right-hander Ryan Dempster will make his first outing of the spring in a 1:05 MST start against the A’s at HoHoKam Stadium. Oakland will counter with right-hander Bartolo Colon.