D. J. Helps Pelicans Cruz to Miller Time Music at Diablo

Zack Short singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run, and Jose Gutierrez singled, walked, stole a base and scored two runs, helping the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) defeat the Burlington Bees (Lo-A affilate of the Los Angeles Angels) 7-4 on Field #3, and Trent Giambrone belted a two-run double, stole 3rd base, and then scored on a FC to highlight a three-run 2nd, D. J. Wilson smashed a tape-measure solo home run off the Angels clubhouse in the 3rd, Michael Cruz blasted a two-run HR down the RF line in the 4th, and Kyle Miller hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) to an 11-7 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Saturday afternoon at the Diablo Stadium Complex n Tempe, AZ.

Myrtle Beach 1B Matt Rose left the game on Field #4 in the top of the 2nd inning after being hit by a pitch, and he was driven back to the UAPC in Mesa by Cubs training staff. Also, South Bend catcher Tyler Payne suffered what appeared to be a lower-body injury while sliding into 2nd base (RBI double) in the top of the 6th on Field #3.   

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


FIELD #3

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, RF: 0-4 (E-3, 5-3, 1-3, BB, K, 2 R, 2 SB)
2a. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-3 (1B, K, F-8, R, RBI)
2b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
3a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-3 (E-5, L-3, 4-3)
3b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9)
4a. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 4-3)
4b. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-1 (6-3, RBI)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-2 (BB, K, L-6, RBI)
6a. Zack Short, 3B: 2-3 (P-6, 1B, 2B, R, SB)
6b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-1 (K)
7. Jose Gutierrez, DH: 1-3 (L-4 DP, E-6, BB, 1B, R, SB, CS)
8a. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (6-3, K, 2B, RBI)
8b. Richard Nunez, PR-C: 0-0 (HBP, CS)
9. Zach Davis, CF: 1-3 (BB, 5-3, K, 1B, RBI, PO)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Tyson Miller: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 43 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Marc Huberman: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Jordan Brink: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Andin Diaz: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)  
6. Jed Carter: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (12 strikes)
7. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1 
SS Isaac Paredes: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Payne: 3-5 CS
2. Richard Nunez: 1-1 CS

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FIELD #4

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-5 (K, K, 1B, P-4, F-8, RBI)
2a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (BB, HR, K, R, RBI, CS)
2b. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-1 (2B, R, RBI)
3. Connor Myers, LF: 1-4 (K, F-7, F-7, 1B, RBI)
4a. P. J. Higgins, C: 0-3 (6-3, K, F-9)
4b. Franklin Tineo, C: NO AB
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
5a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-7, 2 R)
5b. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
6a. Matt Rose, 1B: 0-0 (HBP)
6b. Michael Cruz, PR-1B: 1-3 (HR, K, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
7a. Trent Giambrone, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, F-8, R, 2 RBI, SB)
7b. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-1 (F-9)
8a. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-1 (HBP, 1B, R, SB)
8b. Ruben Reyes, RF: 0-1 (BB, K, R)
9. Bryant Flete, SS-DH: 1-3 (4-6 FC, BB, 3B, 3-U, R, 2 RBI)
10. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 1-2 (K, BB, 3B, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Kyle Miller: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/6 GO/AO, 55 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Duncan Robinson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (27 strikes)
3. John Michael Knighton: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Chad Hockin: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Dakota Mekkes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (17 strikes)

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 3
1. P Kyle Miller: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. P Kyle Miller: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
3. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 40

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

Comments

PR won a wild one vs USA to advance. stroman choked in the 1st. baez went 1-3 (single) plus 3sb with b.posey behind the plate. baez also played solid D. he's gonna be nice to have around for the next 5+ years even if he lives/dies by his contact rate outside of his plus D and the plus power for a middle IF'r. walks and patience isn't really his thing.

I'm cautiously optimistic as he's around some guys like Rizzo, Zobrist, Bryant, and Lester who will constantly push him to improve himself. More than any other young Cub, I worry about his confidence becoming cockiness, but I think he'll likely be OK.

Phil, who is the Cubs best young defensive center fielder? Almora, Hannemann, Trey Martin or DJ Wilson..

HAGSAG: They are all outstanding defensive CF, but I would rate them:


1. Almora
2. Martin
3. Wilson
4. Hannemann
5. Myers

No others are close.  

Maddon was quoted to say that all 6 re-assigned guys yesterday other than Pena (who already made his MLB debut) will play in the MLB at some point. That's a pretty bold assertion, even for a group of talented and most high-minors guy, to say all 6 prospects will reach the Show. What do you guys think? Will Pierce Johnson, Victor Caratini, Jacob Hannemann, Eloy Jimenez, Chesney Young, and Mark Zagunis all play in MLB one day?

Caratini, Zagunis, Young, and Hanneman all have clear paths to the majors as bench players. Barring injury, predicting an MLB PA for them isn't a long-shot bet.

schwarber playing RF today.

rizzo HR off an offspeed pitch left over the meat of the plate from the lefty suter. neat.

The rest of the game (so far)... not so neat. Brewers 10-4 after 5 1/2.

PHIL: Is Beeler being kept just to fill a roster spot? I don't understand why they are paying him a salary.

E-MAN: I suspect Dallas Beeler's time with the Cubs is nearly over. I don't see where he would fit at Iowa (or even at Tennessee) in 2017.

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  • crunch 16 hours 24 sec ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 31 min ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw

     

  • erich081 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.

     

  • Charlie 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.

     

  • crunch 6 days 9 hours ago (view)

    MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago.  minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...

    i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Does anyone know if the minor leaguers are eligible for unemployment compensation once the season would have started?  Not in the normal off-season, I know.  Spring training is room and board only, I know.  But these guys are under contract and not able to play due to COVID 19.  They can't legally go play someplace else, even if there were a someplace else to play.

     

  • crunch 6 days 17 hours ago (view)

    it probably (maybe) happened before, but i remember this game was so "woah" that they cleared their evening programming in order to show a replay of the game for those that may have missed the day game.

    hell of a way to make your mark as a cubs legend.

     

  • Charlie 1 week 14 hours ago (view)

    I did not realize this. I figured with that game having a DVD for sale they would've hunted this down on other sites!