drove in three runs with a single and a triple, as the Cubs Arizona Instructional League team defeated the White Sox AZ Instructional league team this afternoon at Maryvale Sports Complex in Phoenix.
Colvin joined the Cubs Instructs team at Fitch Park just last Thursday, and he is in camp to help prepare himself for duty with Team USA later this month. (Team USA will be playing several games against AFL teams here in the Phoenix area the last week of October, before heading to Taiwan for the World Cup in November).
In addition to Colvin's three RBI, the other runs were plated on a bases-loaded sac fly by Jonathan Wyatt
in the 6th, and two-out back-to-back doubles by Darwin Barney
and Cliff Andersen
in the 7th.
Meanwhile, Cubs pitchers shut-down the Sox on just one run and six hits, including 11 punch-outs.
LHP Donnie Veal
got the start for the Cubs and had another strong outing. He didn't go six up and six down like he did last time, but he threw two shutout innings and pitched effectively.
was touched for a run and Mark Pawelek
struggled with his command, but they did combine to strike out six over the next four innings, and then Jose Ceda
and Matt Maradeo
finished the game with a flourish, as the fireballin' Ceda struck out the side in the 8th and the side-slingin' Maradeo worked a quick a 1-2-3 10-pitch 9th.
Though the White Sox Spring Training base is in Tucson, their instructional league team operates out of the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training and minor league HQ at the Maryvale Sports Complex on the west-side of Phoenix. And playing there meant the Cubs youngsters got to play in a first-rate stadium for a change (that being the spiffy new park where the Brewers play their Spring Training games), instead of on the minor league fields they normally have to tread.
The Peoria Chiefs' manager (some dude named Ryne Sandberg) coached 1st base for the Kubs Kollege of Koaches today, and organization roving catching instructor Casey Kopitzke got to try his hand at managing the team (Kopitzke also warmed up the pitcher between innings a couple of times--bet you won't see Lou Piniella do that!)
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Leon Johnson
, CF (2-4, K)
2A. Jonathan Wyatt
, LF (2-3, RBI-SF, K, SB, PO)
2B. Drew Rundle
(0-0, R, BB)
3. Tony Thomas
, 2B (2-3, R, BB, K, SB)
4. Tyler Colvin
, DH #1 (2-4, 3 RBI, 3B)
5A. Josh Donaldson
, C (0-2, 2 K)
5B. Carlos Perez
, C (0-2)
6. Josh Vitters
, 3B (0-4)
7. Marwin Gonzalez
, DH #2 (1-4, K)
8. Darwin Barney
, SS (1-3, R, 2B, BB)
9. Cliff Andersen
, RF (1-4, RBI, 2B, K)
10A. Mark Reed
, 1B (0-1, R, BB)
10B. Steve Clevenger
, 1B (1-2, R)
1. Donnie Veal
- 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (27 pitches - 2/3 GB/FB)
2. Rafael Cova
- 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K (25 pitches - 3/0 GB/FB)
3. Mark Pawelek
- 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP (34 pitches - 2/1 GB/FB)
4. Marco Tovar
- 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R,0 BB, 0 K (19 pitches)
5. Jose Ceda
- 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (15 pitches)
6. Matt Maradeo
- 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches)
Josh Vitters (E5 - bobbled ground ball)
Josh Donaldson 0-1 CS
Carlos Perez 0-1 CS