Brewers Pitching Magnifico at Maryvale
Mitch Haniger belted a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the 4th to break a scoreless tie, and four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Brewers blanked the Cubs 3-0 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park Field #7 (AKA “Paul Molitor Field”) in Phoenix.
All four of the Brew Crew pitchers threw the ball well, but the most eye-popping outing of the day was turned-in by RHP Damien Magnifico (Milwaukee's 2012 5th round draft pick out of the U. of Oklahoma), who wowed the dozen-plus scouts in attendance (and Cub hitters) with a fastball that topped-out at 100 MPH.
Cubs pitchers were also imprsssive, allowing just four hits and one walk.
RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua had an especially efficient outing (13 pitches - 11 strikes in 1.2 IP), marred only by a bunt single that was essentially turned into an inside-the-park HR thanks to a three-base throwing error by catcher Wilson Contreras. It was clearly a hit with no play, but that didn’t stop Contreras from picking up the ball and firing it over the head of 6’5 Cub 1st baseman Jacob Rogers and into the RF corner, allowing speedy Angel Ortega to round the bases and score the Brewers third run of the day. (The Brewers second run was equally “scratchy,” a lead-off bunt single followed by a stolen base, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly).
The Cubs drew six more walks today, bringing their four-game BB total to 26. But they also could muster only four hits (all singles), and left 10 men stranded on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the 9th.
It probably didn’t help the Cub cause that Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach, and Chadd Krist did not make the trip to Maryvale. It was their turn to remain at Fitch Park and participate in an Instructional “Camp Day.” (Each of the position players have a “Camp Day” once a week where they do not play in the game that day, instead receiving one-on-one instruction in various phases of the game with the camp’s instructors).
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Arismendy Alcantara, DH #1: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 1B, K, K)
3a. Ben Carhart, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 5-4 FC, 4-3)
3b. Lance Rymel, PH: 0-0 (BB)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, BB)
5a. Rafael Lopez, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-U FC)
5b. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-1 (1B, HBP)
6a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
6b. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
7a. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
7b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (P-6)
7c. Justin Marra, PH: 0-1 (K)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 5-3, F-8)
9a. David Bote, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
9b. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (P-4)
10a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB)
10b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-1 (1B, SB)
1. Paul Blackburn: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 32 pitches (21 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 33 pitches (22 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 33 pitches (20 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
4. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (11 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (4):
1. 2B David Bote - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Rafael Lopez - E-2 (dropped pop-up in fair territory allowing batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Stephen Bruno - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. C Wilson Contreras - E-2 (three-base error on overthrow at 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to score unearned run)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Rafael Lopez: 1 E (see above)
2. Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and a bit breezy, with temperatures in the upper-90’s
ATTENDANCE: 22 (mostly scouts)
Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?
Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.
Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.
Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.
While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.
For some reason
It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.
That is sick.
But, I have been an addict for a long time.
A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.
Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!
So, the Mesa Cubs should be solid this summer in the AZL Rookie League?
And, I like the, "But did you know" lead in there. Something a little different.
I can tell really like this group of hitters in AZ right now.
What pitchers out there, other than Cease, should we be excited about?
Thanks as always for the info.
back on the Run Differential hunt... (aka The Hunt for Blue October)
These are the 2016 Cubs I know and love. Also digging that Cardinals OF (lack of) defense.
Another day, another eight runs
I'm not sure there was another team in baseball that would flip a Dansby Swanson type of prospect (plus Inciarte, plus Toussaint) for Miller. That trade was just comically bad from the start, and getting worse...
Zobrist just keeps squaring up - and Soler goes yard!
Pirates jumping all over Shelby Miller tonight - so glad the Cubs didn't flip a Dansby Swanson type prospect to the Braves for him. Two years of Lackey looking like a good alternative.
3rd inning...soler walked twice in the game...first time since aug 4th last year in the regular season (2 times in the playoffs, amazingly).
Good gravy, was that a much-appreciated top of the first.
That's a good analogy, bb... Nice to see tonight's game start with a 104 yard kickoff return TD.
Grichuk won the game last night but a decent CF would have caught that drive by Ross. Good Cubbery!