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):  


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) 

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) 

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) 



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) 

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) 

3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

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" 


ARZ fielded one hell of a B-Team level B-Team today, but nonetheless chatwood owned them...

1.2ip 0h 0bb 1k (wow)

hendricks also did well (3.1ip 5h 2bb 2k, 1r/er), but once again he threw a lot of pitches doing it.  spring is spring and not the real thing, but if this continues into the season he'll have a hard time being more than a 5-6ip guy.

Jose Albertos: 10 pitches, 8 for strikes. Hadn’t seen a stat line like that from him in a long time. 

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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 51 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Chris Allen was at AZ Winter Instructs January-February, then at Minor League Camp in March (but he didn't pitch in any ST games), and then Extended Spring Training after that, but he didn't pitch in any EXST games until about two or three weeks ago.

    He hasn't allowed a run yet at EXST. Good size (6'4). Still lanky so he could fill-out. Throws strikes (70% strikes today). 87-90 MPH two-seamer has sink and runs away from RH hitters, and he has a plus-CV and also throws a CH. Six up / six down today (3-U, 6-3, K, K, K, 4-3).


  • crunch 6 hours 7 min ago (view)

    MIL loses to PHI...CHC with a 2.5 game lead in the division.


  • crunch 6 hours 38 min ago (view)



  • Hagsag 6 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Phil, is it just me or is Chris Allen getting a lot of people out?


  • Jackstraw 7 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Darvish or the pen.  You want to be hung or shot?


  • Jackstraw 7 hours 2 min ago (view)

    You've been drinking, haven't you.  I mean, more than usual.


  • George Altman 7 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Chatwood for closer...........makes it exciting like Lee Smith......(runs for cover).


  • George Altman 7 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I'm sure me or brothers had baseball cards of Lindy McDaniel, Larry Jackson, Bob Buhl and George Altman which my Mom threw away or 'garage saled' them when I was in college............thanks, you, anyway.


  • crunch 7 hours 37 min ago (view)


    chatwood first cubs save.

    phew...needed that win for sanity.


  • Eric S 7 hours 37 min ago (view)

    I think Theo can put the phone down now. Cubs finally have their lockdown, drama free closer in Chatwood.


  • crunch 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    after putting 2 on via hits, chatwood throws a sinker/cutter followed by a changeup (lefty batter).

    he gets a ground ball double play on the 97mph fastball following.

    it's been a while since he's thrown 2 off-speed pitches to the same batter.  many batters see nothing but the fastball.


  • Eric S 7 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Sets up just like yesterday with Votto and Suarez leading off the ninth ... one more run to play with though today with the two run lead


  • crunch 7 hours 54 min ago (view)


    woo.  cubs lead.


  • crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)

    no idea.  i thought he was done after 7, myself.  it wasn't exactly a smooth/simple 7th.


  • Eric S 7 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Particularly after it appeared he was airing it out in the seventh, perhaps thinking that was his last inning. 


  • Charlie 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Anybody have an explanation of why he started the 8th? I can't figure it out. Lefty batter leading off the inning and Darvish was already very near 100 pitches.