9th Inning Rally Gains Split for Cubs at Riverview
RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng hurled three innings of perfect baseball, Kevin Cornelius laced two RBI doubles (one in the 2nd inning and another in the 8th), Eddy Julio Martinez singled and doubled and scored a run, and Gioskar Amaya drilled a bases-loaded two-run walk-off double off the LF fence in the bottom of the 9th to overcome a 4-3 deficit, as the AAA Iowa Cubs rallied to edge the Reno Aces (AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) 5-4 on Field #6, and Anfernee Grier smacked a two-run HR in the 1st inning and Marcus Wilson hammered a solo HR in the 3rd, and LHSP Alex Young hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Jackson Generals (D'backs AA affiliate) edged the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Friday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Diamondbacks RHSP Taijuan Walker was sent to Mesa from D'backs MLB camp and got the start for Reno on Field #6, working 4.2 IP and allowing one run (earned) on three hits (a double and two singles) and a walk, with seven strikeouts and a 4/2 GO/AO. Kevin Cron belted two tape-measure home runs (a solo blast off Zach Hedges in the 5th and a two-run bomb off Preston Morrison in the 7th) to give the Aces a temporary 3-2 lead (later expanded to 4-2), before the Cubs came back with a run in the 8th on the second RBI double by Cornelius and then the two runs in the bottom of the 9th on the G. Amaya clutch two-bagger (the culmination of a magnificent ten-pitch AB).
Down 4-0 going into the 9th on Field #5, Zack Short blasted a three-run HR to pull the Smokies within a run, but the potential tying and winning runs were subsequently left-stranded.
Tennessee pitchers allowed only three hits on Field #5, but eight walks (including six by Smokies SP Kyle Miller) and two HBP combined with the two early HR helped give the Generals just enough runs and the eventual victory.
Because the Cubs MLB squad has split in two for the weekend (the Cubs will be playing a two-game set versus the Cleveland Indians in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday while the other squad remains in Mesa to face an Indians split-squad on Saturday and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday), a number of players (mostly from AAA Iowa) were called up to the MLB squad from Minor League Camp just for the weekend, and so there were also a number of temporary promotions at Minor League Camp as well.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played at Riverview Park on Friday (Cubs players only):
1. Roberto Caro, LF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 4-3, 1B, R, PO)
2a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (P-6, F-8)
2b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-2 (F-9, 1B, R)
3. Zack Short, 2B-SS: 2-4 (2B, L-9, K, HR, R, 3 RBI)
4. Jesse Hodges, 1B-3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, 3-1, P-3, SB)
5a. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
5b. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-1 (1B)
6a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (L-9, K)
6b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (BB, 6-U FC)
7a. Chris Pieters, RF: 0-2 (4-3, 1-3)
7b. Jose A. Gonzalez, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
7c. Ramsey Romano, PH: 1-1 (2B)
8a. Kevin Zamudio, DH: 0-3 (F-7, L-8, K)
8b. Tyler Alamo, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (P-3, K, 1-3)
1. Kyle Miller: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2 HR, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Casey Bloomquist: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Jake Stinnett: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
3B Vimael Machin: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS
1a. Eddy Julio Martinez, CF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 2B, R)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
2b. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (5-3, L-7, RBI)
3a. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 0-2 (K, BB, F-8)
3b. Christian Donahue, PH: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
4a. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
4b. Tyler Payne, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)
5. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-3 (3-U, K, K, BB)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-4 (L-7, K, F-8, 2B, 2 RBI)
7a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, R, SB)
7b. Trent Giambrone, SS: 1-1 (2B, R)
8. Kevin Cornelius, 1B: 2-3 (2B, K, 2B, 2 RBI)
9. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-9, BB, CS)
10a. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
10b. Connor Myers, RF: 0-1 (K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Zach Hedges: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Preston Morrison: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 22 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Dave Berg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 6 pitches (4 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Stephen Bruno: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. C Ian Rice: E-2 (errant throw to 1st base on bunt allowed batter to reach base safely)
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Ian Rice: 1-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it's not official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Hagsag 5 hours 55 min ago (view)
Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?
QuietMan 17 hours 39 min ago (view)
I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list. "Sorry Honey, can't do it."
crunch 18 hours 40 min ago (view)
or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...
jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...
Arizona Phil 19 hours 16 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 20 min ago (view)
Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract
crunch 20 hours 50 min ago (view)
oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.
QuietMan 21 hours 37 min ago (view)
Non Baseball related injury. Does he still get paid?
Ryno 21 hours 52 min ago (view)
A digital nerve sounds like something that would be repaired with a copper wire and solder.
Cubster 22 hours 25 min ago (view)
Per Sun-Times: Jose Quintana out two weeks after cutting a digital nerve in his pitching left thumb and requiring microsurgery to repair the nerve, from a kitchen dishwashing accident last week. Hard to say what impact that might have on his repertoire. The sensation can take 2-3 months to return if the repair is successful.
jdrnym 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.