Eloy No Joy for Bees at Riverview Park
Trevor Clifton and Adbert Alzolay combined to hurl six innings of two-hit shutout baseball and three relievers followed with three more innings of no-hit ball, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) two-hit the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) 4-2 on Field #5, and Eloy Jimenez slugged a two-run home run to cap a three-run 1st and Ricardo Marcano belted a two-run HR in the 7th (the Jimenez bomb carrying 420+ feet over the CF fence just to left of the Batter's Eye), leading the South Bend Cubs (the Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 7-3 victory over the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) on Field #6, in a Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader played Thursday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Yasiel Balaguert collected two doubles and an RBI for Myrtle Beach, and Kevonte Mitchell singled twice, walked, scored two runs, and stole a base (home, on the back-end of a double-steal) for South Bend.
RHRP Alexander Santana had an unusual outing for Myrtle Beach, working the 9th inning of the game on Field #5. Santana entered the game with a 4-0 lead, and proceeded to hit three batters and throw two wild pitches, and of the 16 pitches he threw in the inning, only two were strikes. But he never-the-less somehow managed to record three outs, because the two strikes both turned into 5-3 ground outs, and the third out was a game-ending caught-stealng at 3rd base on a ball-three pitch with the potential tying run at the plate.
OF Alex Bautista, 1B-OF Chris Pieters, and INF Edgar Rondon were moved-up from the South Bend group to the Myrtle Beach squad for the game, and all three entered the game as late-inning replacements for the Pelicans.
Myrtle Beach 2B Ian Happ and SS Gleyber Torres (who are two of the Cubs Top 5 prospects) were absent from Minor League Camp on Thursday, as they traveled with the big league club to Salt River Fields for a morning Cactus League "B" game versus the Colorado Rockies.
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Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 2-3 (1B, 3-U, 1B, RBI)
1b. Alex Bautista, CF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Andrew Ely, SS: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, P-2, RBI)
2b. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
3. Donnie Dewees, DH-LF: 2-4 (1B, K, E-8, 1B+E3, R)
4. Jeffrey Baez, DH-RF: 1-4 (E-9, F-9, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
5a. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 2B, RBI)
5b. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-1 (BB, P-4)
6. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 3-U, 1-2-3 DP, K)
7. Charcer Burks, LF-DH: 0-3 (5-4 FC, 5-3, K, BB, CS)
8. Daniel Spingola, RF-DH: 0-3 (3-U, 4-3,. K)
9. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, 3B, K, R)
10a. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, R, SB, PO)
10b. Jordan Hankins, C: 0-1 (4-3)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Clifton: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/4 GO/AO, 46 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Adbert Alzolay: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 28 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3 HBP, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (2 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
C Tyler Alamo: E-2 (overthrow at 1st base after fielding "swinging bunt" allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Alamo: 1 E (see above)
2. Jordan Hankins: 1-1 CS
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB, 2 R, SB)
1b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, P-6, RBI)
2. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-4 (K, BB, 1B, F-8, K, SB)
3. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 1-4 (1B, K, L-3 DP, 3-1, R, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-4 (HR, 5-4-3 DP, 4-3, L-7, R, 2 RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (BB, L-5, L-8, 1B, R)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-4 (K, L-4, 1B, HR, R, 2 RBI, CS)
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 1B, 6-3, 4-3)
8a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
8b. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, 2 SB)
9a. Blake Headley, 1B: 1-3 (3-1, F-8, 3B, R)
9b. Gustavo Polanco, PH-1B 0-1 (F-9)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Kyle Miller: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Jose Paulino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Santiago Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
7. Yapson Gomez: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (13 strikes)
8. Pedro Silverio: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
2B Vimael Machin: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 1-2 CS
SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 1
RF Kwang-Min Kwon - runner thrown out 9-4-2 trying to score from 1st base on a double off the RF fence
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 2 hours 56 min ago (view)
cubs trade for travis lakins for a PTBNL or cash considerations from the rsox.
Charlie 7 hours 35 min ago (view)
I mean, the "overrated" criticism is always more about other people deserving of the honor being snubbed or put through more rigamarole. Jeter was definitely a great player for a long time. I just want people to remember that guys like Scott Rolen are not 60% less deserving, as the current voting system seems to indicate.
crunch 14 hours 52 min ago (view)
speaking of the HOF...
schilling had a nice bump in his 8th eligable year going from 60.9% to 70.0%. he's probably gonna get in next year...and if not for his abrasive personality and questionable interests outside of baseball he would probably already be in. he's good enough to be there based on performance alone.
fellow 8th year guys bonds and clemens held steady, going up around 1% point to 60%-ish range. they may or may not get some love entering their 9th or 10th years.
crunch 19 hours 58 min ago (view)
m.ozuna signs with the braves 1/18m.
he was expected to sign for similar pay over a number of years. the cards must be "wtf?" about him walking away from the 17.8m qualifying offer, though. at least they get a draft pick out of it.
crunch 20 hours 18 min ago (view)
5x gold glove...and earned 0 of them.
whatever. hell of a hitter, and he played SS "good enough" to not embarass himself or the team.
but yeah, overrated even if he's a no-doubt 1st ballot hall of famer...which seems like an odd thing to say even if it's true (at least in the eyes of many).
Charlie 20 hours 34 min ago (view)
That's a significant boost for being the face of the Yankees. Expected, but in retrospect he wasn't that much better than plenty of people who didn't have full support for the hall (Santo comes to mind).
*Tries to start an "over-rated" chant.*
crunch 23 hours 59 min ago (view)
d.jeter and l.walker (10th and final year on ballot, 76.6%) are going to the HOF.
jeter got 99.75% of the vote...highest for a position player (griffey jr 99.32% 2016). m.rivera got 100% last year.
larry walker decided to dress up for his first post-election interview. class act.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
nice. i love seeing the undrafted who still try to make a career get a shot.
it seems he's somewhat recently hit 97mph on his fastball which helped attract some interest.
good luck to the dude.
Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released eight players from their Dominican Academy: RHRP Donato Auguste, RHRP Marco Encarnacion, RHRP Rodrigo Garcia, RHRP Francisco Gracia, LHRP Anderson Parra, RHRP Willians Vasquez, 1B Jeinser Brete, and OF Kevin Miranda.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Rex Brothers has one minor league option left and Article XX-D status (so he can elect free-agency if outrighted) if he were to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster at some point in 2020.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
RHSP Max Bain (contract acquired by Cubs from Utica Unicorns of USPBL last week) minor league UPC has not yet been filed with MLB.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
The Josh Phegley, Bryan Brickhouse, Rex Brothers, Juan Gamez, and Caleb Simpson minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but the Tyler Olson and Jason Adam contracts are still pending.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed LHRP Rex Brothers (ex COL, ex-ATL), RHRP Bryan Brickhouse, RHRP Juan Gamez (pitched in Mexican League in 2019), and RHRP Caleb Simpson to minor l;eague contracts, and Brothers is the only one of the four likely receive an NRI to Cubs MLB Spring Training.
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
""There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of," Arenado said. "You can quote that." Arenado added, "You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there. There is a lot of disrespect."
The third baseman didn't want to elaborate on what he felt was disrespectful, but clearing the relationship between Arenado and the front office needs to be repaired."
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
some good news...or bad news depending on how you feel about it...for the k.bryant trade market...
"Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Monday indicated that Nolan Arenado will not be dealt prior to spring training and trade talks involving the third baseman are off for now."
now MLB and crew need to decide whether bryant has an extra year of club control or not...still waiting...
rangers, braves, and nats are supposedly looking at 3rd base upgrades. cards are, too, but bryant to the cards would be a mutiny level trade decision.
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
"Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, and Brewers are "believed to be among the teams with some interest" in free agent reliever Pedro Strop.
Nicholson-Smith on Sunday that Strop had three offers in-hand (two from NL clubs and one from an AL club) and will likely make his decision soon."