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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 41 min ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.


  • crunch 13 hours 47 min ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.


  • crunch 13 hours 55 min ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.


  • crunch 14 hours 3 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.


  • crunch 14 hours 34 min ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.


  • crunch 15 hours 29 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 17 hours 40 min ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 19 hours 1 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.