Castro Tries His Rehab Luck at Riverview Park
Jeimer Candelario drove-in three runs with two sacrifice flies and a ground out and Gioskar Amaya reached base three times on a single, a walk, and a HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Daytona Cubs defeated the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) 5-2, and five pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter as the Burlington Bees (LAA Lo-A affiliate) edged the Kane County Cougars 2-1, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this afternoon at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Going back & forth between the two fields, Starlin Castro served as an extra DH for both Kane County & Daytona, going a combined 1-8. His only hit was a ground single through the box in his eighth and final AB of the day. Otherwise, he was called out on strikes, grounded out twice, flied out once, popped out to the shortstop in short LF, and popped-out to the first-baseman in foul territory. He also reached base on a two base error by the left-fielder (dropped pop fly).
RHP Ben Wells got the start for Daytona and allowed one run on two hits (both singles) in three innings of work (78 pitches), But he was able to throw only 35 strikes over the 3.0 IP, walking seven, hitting a batter, uncorking two wild pitches. and commiting a throwing error on a FC. RHP Michael Jensen followed Wells to the hill and retired all six men he faced on just 19 pitches.
RHP Duane Underwood was the starting pitcher for KC, but he was removed from the game with an injury with one out in the top of the 1st inning. He allowed a run on two hits (a triple and a single) and a walk in his 1/3 of an inning of work. LHP Gerardo Concepcion and RHP Eric Leal followed Underwood, and combined to throw four innings of no run/no hit ball.
There were four Minor League Camp moves made over the past 24 hours involving minor league position players. Outfielders Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata have been moved down to the Daytona squad from Tennessee, and OF Shawon Dunston Jr and 2B Zak Blair has been moved down to the KC squad from Daytona.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
X. Starlin Castro, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, P-3, 6-3)
NOTE: Castro hit 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 2B)
2a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
2b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
3a. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (K+WP, R, SB)
3b. Rony Rodriguez, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
4. Danny Canela, 1B: 0-2 (3-U, 1-3)
5. Antonio Valerio, DH #2: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6. Mark Malave, C-DH: 0-2 (F-7, K)
7. Jesse Hodges, DH #3: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (3-1, 1-3)
9. David Bote, 3B-DH: 0-1 (HBP, 6-3)
10. Rashad Crawford, RF: 0-1 (BB, 2-3)
11. Zak Blair, DH #4: 0-2 (6-3, K)
12. Jordan Hankins, DH-3B: 0-2 (F-7, F-9)
13. Gleyber Torres, DH-SS: 0-2 (4-3, L-7)
KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 25 pitches (13 strikes)
NOTE: Underwood's inning was stopped with one out after he suffered unknown-type injury
2. Gerardo Concepcion: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 2/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/3 GO/FO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Orbandy Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (17 strikes)
KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
KANE COUNTY CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Mark Malave: 0-1 CS, 2 PB
2. Tyler Alamo: 1 PB
X. Starlin Castro, DH #1: 1-5 (K, F-8, P-6, E-7, 1B)
NOTE: Castro hit 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-2 (1B, P-5, R)
1b. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-2 (HBP, BB, 1B, K, R, SB, PO)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, 5-3, F-7 SF, F-8 SF, 3 RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH-1B: 0-3 (BB, F-7, K, F-9)
5. Rock Shoulders, 1B-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, SB)
6a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-1 (K)
6b. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
7. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, 4-3)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (5-3, F-9, 6-3)
9a. Trey Martin, LF: 0-1 (K)
9b. Oliver Zapata, LF: 1-1 (1B, BB, 2 R)
1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 7 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 6/1 GO/FO, 78 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Michael Jensen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Andrew McKirahan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Yao-Lin Wang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Nathan Dorris: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
DAYTONA ERRORS: 1
P Ben Wells - E-1 (throwing error on FC allowed runner to score from 3rd base)
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 0-1 CS
2. Justin Marra: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.
He reminds me of a little of a young guy currently on the Cubs' DL, who is also tank-like in appearance.
draft signings are trickling in...rounds 6-9 are signed + a random slew of others.
filter by team.
Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79
Yep...sort of. Matheny says Rosenthal will no longer pitch the 9th, and they will mix/match Oh, Siegrist and Broxton.
Duane Underwood now 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA for Tenn. Urp. Warren not sharp at Iowa tonight. When will Cease and Hudson be ready?
On a positive note, Jiminez with his 10th HR tonight. He has a .924 OPS -- the only player in the league with an OPS over .900. Leads the lead in 2B, SLG and OPS, tied for the league lead in HR and 3rd in Avg. Nice!
- The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone.
- Joe will come up with more wacky dress-up ideas for the team to wear after they lose their next get-away game.
- There is more clarity on Spencer Patton.
- We play the Reds next. They aren't very good.
- We'll have at least a 9 game lead after today.
EDIT: - Contreras looks like the real deal.
Other than that, not much -- nasty stretch. Two ugly losses in the last 4 games.
Ugh -- give Lackey a 4-1 lead, you hope for better.
Joe: "We lost. They beat us. Now where's my '09 Guigal Bordeaux glass...?
I forgot how rail thin skinny Carl Edwards Jr. Is - he threw some nasty stuff - hope that continues
HAHAHA! I love it here! Brilliant...
"The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone."
Brilliant. Maddon is a genius!
"Drink copiously but responsibly."
Done and done. Thanks for that.
Oil Can Boyd now pitching for the Cubs
It's a long season. There will be stretches like this. It's Saturday night. Drink copiously but responsibly.
That valuable RBIGIDP.
Someone talk me down here.