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):

FIELD #5:

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

FIELD #6

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

ATTENDANCE: 78

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

rafael soriano, last seen briefly sucking his way to 2 wins as a cub last year, has decided to retire. he was being held up from reporting to bjays camp (minor league deal) due to visa issues.

Josh Vitters has signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish. Remember him?

"Best high school swing in the country"

To be fair, there were really no successful major leaguers taken in the first round after Vitters that year. Well, except for Bumgarner. And Weiters. Oh, and Jason Heyward. Plus Devin Mesoraco and Ben Revere. And Parker. And Porcello. Arencibia. Kozma. Fuck it.

(allegedly) Wilkens had Wieters ahead of Vitters on his draft board and possibly preferred J. Parker, but Tribune wasn't doing record bonuses in those days and they decided on HS bat over HS arm (understandably). Wieters got $6M that year, more than #1 pick D. Price ($5.6M), Vitters got $3.2M. Plus Zell and Trib mandated to spend nearly all the baseball operations money on major league payroll....like, you know, the total opposite of what's happened since Ricketts and TheJedi have taken over (more scouts, more baseball ops personel, facilities, prospect $$, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum).

It's a fair point. Ownership wins. Things have changed in the last 10 years. But of the current teams owned by conglomerates (Braves, Blue Jays, Mariners, Nationals), I can't imagine even one of them being run that way. 'Zell and the Cubs' should probably become a shame-based best-seller.

wayne huizenga agrees.

Yeah, us fans were totally sold a bag of shit promises with the "best HS bat Wilkins had ever seen" - with all those other names on the board, that one was a head-scratcher.

Sounds like Maddon was very taken with Contreras' throwing ability -- called him a "weapon behind the plate to stop the running game". If he continues to impress with his bat at Iowa, I wonder if the Schwarber catching train gets slowed down.

strong arm, but needs to quicken his footwork out of the crouch. welly castillo knows that struggle.

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