Cubs Use Slaughter Rule to Tie Snappers at Riverview
Nelson Velazquez laced an RBI double and a single and Jake Slaughter belted a game-tying two-run double as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) rallied to tie the Beloit Snappers (Oakland Athletics Lo-A affiliate) 4-4 on Field #5, and Jeremy Eierman collected four RBI (by way of a two-run double and a two-run single), Lizaro Armenteros clubbed a solo HR, and RHSP Brady Feigl hurled three innings of one-run ball and combined with four relievers on a five-hitter with nine strikeouts, helping the Stockton Ports (A's Hi-A affiliate) cruise past the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 7-1 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Friday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
As is typical for Cubs Minor League Spring Training games, several players assigned to the bloated South Bend roster were moved-up to higher levels for the day.
And MLB NRI catcher Francisco Arcia wandered into the backfields in about the 4th inning and was invited to be a DH in the South Bend game. He went 1-2 with a double into the right-centerfield alley and an F-9 (near-HR) to the warning track.
Here are the abridged box scores from the games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Artis, CF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
1b. Josue Huma, PH-SS: 0-0 (BB, BB, 2 SB)
2a. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-2 (P-6, K)
2b. Yonathan Perlaza, PH-3B: 0-0 (BB, BB, SB)
3a. Luke Reynolds, 3B: 0-2 (L-4, 4-1)
3b. Chris Singleton, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, P-3)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (1B+E9, K, R)
4b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-0 (BB, HBP, R)
5a. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3, RBI)
5b. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (F-8, 2B, R)
6a. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
6b. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-2 (2B, K)
7a. Nelson Velazquez, LF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI, PO)
7b. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, 2 RBI)
8a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (BB, F-8)
8b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-2 (6-3, F-8)
9. Kwangmin Kwon, DH #1: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, K)
10. Francisco Arcia, DH #2: 1-2 (2B, F-9)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Faustino Carrera,: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Yovanny Cruz: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 44 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Yunior Perez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 16 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Nathan Sweeney: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Luke Reynolds: E-5 (overthrow to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (errant throw on attempted 3-6 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
3. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-1 (BB, BB, K)
1b. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-1 (L-8)
2a. Jimmy Herron, RF: 0-3 (5-4 FC, P-2, 6-3, R)
2b. Zach Davis, RF: 0-1 (F-9)
3a. Andy Weber, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-7)
3b. Rafael Narea, PH-SS: 0-2 (F-8, F-8)
4a. Austin Filiere, 3B: 0-2 (4-6 FC, K)
4b. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-2 (1B, E-6)
5a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
5b. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-2 (1-6 FC, 6-4 FC)
6a. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
6b. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B)
7a. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
7b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-2 (1-3, K)
8a. Brandon Vicens, DH: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Luis Ayala, PH: 0-1 (K)
9a. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-1 (HBP, K)
9b. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-0 (BB)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Ryan Lawlor: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Robert Robbins: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Brady Miller: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (17 strikes)
6. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jonathan Soto: 0-2 CS
2. Gustavo Polanco: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
This open up a spot for Zagunis unless there is a trade or a waiver claim.
lester pulls off a bouncing pickoff throw to 1st (runner taking a 15-20ft+ lead) and gets a huge pop from the cubs fans in the crowd...safe, btw.
baez with HR #2 of the spring, both in back to back games. in his next AB he missed another homer by about 10ft...
lester only ends up lasting 4 innings (with a disaster 3rd inning to match the 1st) and he's ready to put this spring behind him.
15.1ip 23h 6bb 17k, 3hr, 10.57era
s.cishek destroys his spring numbers with a 0.1ip 5h 1bb, 5er outing...5 scoreless outings over 4.1ip (2h 2bb) before this...
25 pitch, 3 run 1st for lester...3 Ks, though
he's flirting with ending his spring with a 10.00+ ERA unless he puts things together in the following innings before he hits his pitch count limit.
I'll betcha Happ is pissed.
he didn't get cheated on chances this spring and failed to deliver.
he did look good playing 2nd, though...so that's a plus given how meh-to-average he's traditionally looked there. maybe he'll get more looks there in AAA rather than the OF.
Definitely a surprise. Based on his spring campaign and continued swing and miss issues, it’s deserved.
i.happ to open the season in AAA.
that's a mild surprise.
looks like almora's role just got elevated.
j.hammel (TEX) is retiring. he was in TEX camp on a minor league deal and he had a decent spring. he was also very recently added to the 25-man roster and made the major league team. evidently he simply wants to go home and be with his family.
also, p.goldschmidt (STL) signs a 5/130m extension
Best Cubs pitchers FB velo at the Langley game:
Yunior Perez 93-96 (a beast... absolutely unhittable... obviously)
Danis Correa: 91-94 - T-95 (also threw a couple of nice secondaries)
Jeremiah Estrada: 92-94 (struggled with FB command the deeper he got into inning)
Jose Albertos couldn't command his FB at all so he threw a lot of CV and CH (which were excellent)
RAISIN: Throwing bullpens means the pitcher is throwing off a bullpen mound on a regular schedule but is not pitching in games. It's usually done so that the pitcher and a designated pitching coach can work on a particular mechanical issue that needs to be addressed.
Hi Arizona Phil - does throwing bullpens mean they were previously injured and working back from the setback? And do you know what ailent Brendon Little has?
BRADSBEARD: I strongly suspect he will be a piggy-backer.
Surprised they are stretching Clark out. Doesn’t seem like there is a rotation spot for him and he just seems like a guy who is best suited for a pen role. Perhaps they’ll keep him in more of a multi-inning relief role.
HAGSAG: Danny Zardon is 24 years old and he played HS ball with recently-signed Cubs minor league OF Brandon Vicens at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL, and he attended LSU before transferring to Nova Southeastern. He was the 17th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and played in the Phillies organization for two seasons before being released. He then signed with Joliet (Frontier League) where he played in 2017-18. The Cubs signed him this week and are converting him to catcher (he previously played 3B and little bit of 2B and 1B).
Who is Danny Zardon-C?