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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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"  

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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  • crunch 13 hours 26 min ago (view)

    at least...

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 59 min ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 42 min ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?

     

  • Jackstraw 18 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.

     

  • Jackstraw 18 hours 44 min ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day

     

  • crunch 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos

     

  • crunch 19 hours 29 min ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out

    phew.

    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 38 min ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 50 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.

    sweeeeeeeet.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 53 min ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...

     

  • crunch 20 hours 8 min ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 14 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.