9th Inning Rally & Walk-Off Helps Cubs Sweep Giants at Riverview

Dalton Hurd laced a two-strike opposite-field line drive RBI single to right to tie the game and D. J. Artis followed two batters later with a walk-off game-winning RBI single to CF, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) rallied from a 2-1 deficit entering the bottom of the 9th to edge the Augusta Greenjackets (San Francisco Giants Lo-A affiliate) 3-2 on Field #5, and SP Ryan Williams and four relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) blanked the San Jose Giants (Hi-A affiliate of the Giants) 1-0 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Sunday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.      

Cubs coaches played Irish Folk Music during morning BP and it obviously really inspired the lads!  

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

FIELD #5

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB, SB)
1b. D. J. Artis, CF: 1-1, (HBP, 1B, RBI)
2. Christopher Morel, DH: 1-3 (2B, BB, K, F-8)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, P-3)
3b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 1-2 (P-6, 2B, R)
4b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (1B, P-6)
5a. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, P-3)
5b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-2 (P-2, K)
6a. Brennen Davis, LF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, PO) 
6b. Chris Singleton, LF: 0-1 (6-3, BB, R)
7. Clayton Daniel, 2B: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 1-3, 1B+E8, R, RBI)
8a. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
8b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI)
9a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-3)
9b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-2 (K, FC) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Derek Casey: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 4/4 GO/AO, 44 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Riley McCauley: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (22 strikes) 
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Ethan Roberts: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 3 
1. 3B Jake Slaughter: E-5 (errant throw to 1st allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Clayton Daniel:  E-4: (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 3B Jake Slaughter: E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extended batter's AB) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 0-2 CS 

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FIELD #6

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Aramis Ademan, DH: 0-1 (6-3, 1-3 SH, BB)
1b. Andy Weber, PH-DH: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 4-6 FC, RBI, SB)
2a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, P-3)
2b. Jimmy Herron, CF: 0-1 (K) 
3. Luke Reynolds, 1B: 0-3 (K, BB, 3-U, 5-3)
4. Fidel Mejia, 2B: 0-4 (4-3, K, 6-3, K)
5a. Cole Roderer, CF: 2-3 (L-4, 1B, 1B)
5b. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
6. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (4-3, F-9, F-9, 5-3)
7a. Brandon Hughes, LF: 0-2 (K, E-3)
7b. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-1 (1B, BB)
8a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (1B, F-7)
8b. Michael Cruz, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
9. Levi Jordan, 3B: 0-4 (6-4 FC, K, F-9, F-8) 

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Ryan Williams: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Corey Black: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Jake Steffens: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO,  35 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Ryan Kellogg: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS
NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 68 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Very curious to know how Ryan Williams is looking. Seems unlikely he could crack one of the loaded AA or AAA rotations, so where does he go from here if he’s healthy and stretched out to start?

BRADSBEARD: Ryan Williams has been pitching very well so far. He was moved-down to the Tennessee squad from the Iowa group last week, and while he pitched for Myrtle Beach today (Sunday), it remains to be seen if he will be moved to the Myrtle Beach squad or remain with Tennessee (pitchers sometimes move down a level to get work, just like when an MLB SP throws in a Minor League game).  

Williams' FB is still only in the mid-80's, but his control is exceptional (he threw an amazing 85% strikes in Sunday's game), and he mixes his pitches (FB, CV, CH) very well to get maximum benefit from his stuff. 

The Cubs minor league managers and coaches love Williams because it's like having an extra pitching coach on the team. Many of the younger pitchers gravitate to him and talk to him about pitching, and because he went through a major rehab after undergoing shoulder surgery the rehabbing pitchers go to him for advice as well, so I think the Cubs will do everything they can to keep him in the minor league system, even if it's just the 13th man on the Myrtle Beach staff. 

Seems like a great guy to have around as part of the pitching “infrastructure.” Would still love to see him make it, but glad he’s made the most of his injuries. 

Clayton Daniel, presumably.

TINM: Yes. Clayton Daniel. Thank you.  

No worries. I see one name and type another too often, myself.

I am hoping for a full recovery and a good season for Carlos Sepulveda.. 

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

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  • Charlie 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

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  • George Altman 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.

    it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose.  nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was  non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.

     

  • crunch 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.

    Still hoping they find a taker for Q.

     

  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    "Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."

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  • Arizona Phil 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.

     

  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back.  the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.

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  • Sonicwind75 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS?  I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year.  That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star.  If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.