Cubs Wish Yanqui Had Just Stayed Home
Yoel Yanqui (two-run triple), Jose Queliz (two-run double), Eduardo Diaz (solo HR), and Luke Van Rycheghem (RBI double) contributed run-scoring extra base hits to lead the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks Hi-A affiliate) to a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, and Buddy Kennedy collected three hits (two singles and a double) and scored twice and Francis Martinez drilled an RBI double, singled and scored, and reached base on an HBP, helping the Kane County Cougars (D'backs Lo-A affiliate) defeat the Cubs Lo-A South Bend affiliate 4-1 on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Wednesday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Diamondbacks relievers retired a combined 30 of the last 33 hitters they faced on the two fields.
Wladimir Galindo stroked a two-run 1st inning HR and SP Jose Paulino hurled three shutout innings with five strikeouts (including the first four men he faced) for the Pelicans in a losing cause on Field #6,.and Christopher Morel doubled and singled and scored a run and Delvin Zinn roped an RBI triple and a single in the South Bend loss on Field #5.
CF Jose Gutierrez and 1B Rafael Mejia were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa squad to the Myrtle Beach squad for the day to provide additional late-inning position-player replacements beyond what the Pelicans had available.
Both games were eight inning affairs.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, PO)
1b. Kwangmin Kwon, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
2b. Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Jonathan Sierra, DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7)
3b. Alexander Guerra, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
4b. Abraham Rodriguez, RF: 0-2 (F-7, 6-3)
5a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (P-5, 1B)
5b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
6a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
6b. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Austin Filiere, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, 6-4-3 DP, 6-3)
8. Delvin Zinn, 2B-SS: 2-3 (3B, L-9, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, K)
1. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Emilio Ferrebus: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
3B Cam Balego: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 0-3 CS
TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Kwangmin Kwon - runner on 1st base thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score on double into LF corner
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-2 (4-3, L-8)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, R, SB, CS)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 1-3 (HR, K, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
4. Brandon Hughes, RF: 2-3 (2B, L-9, 1B, SB)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, DH: 1-3 (1B, P-6, K, CS)
6. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 3-U)
7a. Joe Martarano, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, P-3)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (K)
8a. Michael Cruz, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
8b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (K)
9a. Chris Singleton, LF: 0-1 (BB, K)
9b. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-1 (P-3)
10. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, F-9, 5-3)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Brian Glowicki: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (10 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Michael Cruz: 0-2 CS
2. Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS
MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jose Gutierrez - batter thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double off CF Batter's Eye into triple
WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 45 min 13 sec ago (view)
3 dot crew represent. i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.
Charlie 53 min 4 sec ago (view)
I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!
Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.
George Altman 4 hours 56 min ago (view)
The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport, to learn something from the broadcast crew.
Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't, and I know about NOTHING about football.
First.Pitch.120 7 hours 16 min ago (view)
Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3. If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #. eg - OUTS: 1 It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.
crunch 7 hours 47 min ago (view)
tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.
First.Pitch.120 8 hours 9 min ago (view)
General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.
crunch 9 hours 32 min ago (view)
brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r. he can opt out of the 2nd year.
crunch 10 hours 12 min ago (view)
the national broadcasts on ESPN suffer badly from a lack of "homework" on the teams they're covering.
yesterday i heard more riffing between the announcers about each other more than the players. the only thing that saved them from more of that and dead air was in-progress action and player interviews (too many player interviews, but it's spring so whatever).
Hagsag 12 hours 48 min ago (view)
Not impressed with ESPN's broadcast. I like Mendoza's work, but how many kids did we have to see rolling around the grass. Good day to see some young players ,but half the time you had no idea who was batting or pitching.
crunch 21 hours 40 min ago (view)
cubs game totally not a delay broadcast for ESPN...thanks for that gem heyward.
dunno if they'll be printing up any "You better have your shit in line" t-shirts, but it's as least as good as "Try not to suck"
Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 40 min ago (view)
Jason Adam is another who throws short arm. I don't think he was a position player, but maybe falls into the arm injury category?
Sonicwind75 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!
Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Thanks, AZ Phil. Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster.
The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.
Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
CUBSTER: Unless there is a wave of pitcher injuries in Spring Training I would think Shelby Miller will probably begin the season at AAA (or at the ATS, since the start of the AAA season is supposely going to be delayed) where he can get stretched out.