Castro Tries His Rehab Luck at Riverview Park
Jeimer Candelario drove-in three runs with two sacrifice flies and a ground out and Gioskar Amaya reached base three times on a single, a walk, and a HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Daytona Cubs defeated the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) 5-2, and five pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter as the Burlington Bees (LAA Lo-A affiliate) edged the Kane County Cougars 2-1, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this afternoon at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Going back & forth between the two fields, Starlin Castro served as an extra DH for both Kane County & Daytona, going a combined 1-8. His only hit was a ground single through the box in his eighth and final AB of the day. Otherwise, he was called out on strikes, grounded out twice, flied out once, popped out to the shortstop in short LF, and popped-out to the first-baseman in foul territory. He also reached base on a two base error by the left-fielder (dropped pop fly).
RHP Ben Wells got the start for Daytona and allowed one run on two hits (both singles) in three innings of work (78 pitches), But he was able to throw only 35 strikes over the 3.0 IP, walking seven, hitting a batter, uncorking two wild pitches. and commiting a throwing error on a FC. RHP Michael Jensen followed Wells to the hill and retired all six men he faced on just 19 pitches.
RHP Duane Underwood was the starting pitcher for KC, but he was removed from the game with an injury with one out in the top of the 1st inning. He allowed a run on two hits (a triple and a single) and a walk in his 1/3 of an inning of work. LHP Gerardo Concepcion and RHP Eric Leal followed Underwood, and combined to throw four innings of no run/no hit ball.
There were four Minor League Camp moves made over the past 24 hours involving minor league position players. Outfielders Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata have been moved down to the Daytona squad from Tennessee, and OF Shawon Dunston Jr and 2B Zak Blair has been moved down to the KC squad from Daytona.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
X. Starlin Castro, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, P-3, 6-3)
NOTE: Castro hit 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 2B)
2a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
2b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
3a. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (K+WP, R, SB)
3b. Rony Rodriguez, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
4. Danny Canela, 1B: 0-2 (3-U, 1-3)
5. Antonio Valerio, DH #2: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6. Mark Malave, C-DH: 0-2 (F-7, K)
7. Jesse Hodges, DH #3: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (3-1, 1-3)
9. David Bote, 3B-DH: 0-1 (HBP, 6-3)
10. Rashad Crawford, RF: 0-1 (BB, 2-3)
11. Zak Blair, DH #4: 0-2 (6-3, K)
12. Jordan Hankins, DH-3B: 0-2 (F-7, F-9)
13. Gleyber Torres, DH-SS: 0-2 (4-3, L-7)
KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 25 pitches (13 strikes)
NOTE: Underwood's inning was stopped with one out after he suffered unknown-type injury
2. Gerardo Concepcion: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 2/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/3 GO/FO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Orbandy Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (17 strikes)
KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
KANE COUNTY CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Mark Malave: 0-1 CS, 2 PB
2. Tyler Alamo: 1 PB
X. Starlin Castro, DH #1: 1-5 (K, F-8, P-6, E-7, 1B)
NOTE: Castro hit 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-2 (1B, P-5, R)
1b. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-2 (HBP, BB, 1B, K, R, SB, PO)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, 5-3, F-7 SF, F-8 SF, 3 RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH-1B: 0-3 (BB, F-7, K, F-9)
5. Rock Shoulders, 1B-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, SB)
6a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-1 (K)
6b. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
7. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, 4-3)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (5-3, F-9, 6-3)
9a. Trey Martin, LF: 0-1 (K)
9b. Oliver Zapata, LF: 1-1 (1B, BB, 2 R)
1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 7 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 6/1 GO/FO, 78 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Michael Jensen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Andrew McKirahan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Yao-Lin Wang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Nathan Dorris: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
DAYTONA ERRORS: 1
P Ben Wells - E-1 (throwing error on FC allowed runner to score from 3rd base)
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 0-1 CS
2. Justin Marra: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Hagsag 12 hours 20 min ago (view)
Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 44 min ago (view)
Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...
first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.
radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised. the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.
crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.
looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.
Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August.
Mike Wellman 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.
This team has no direction at the moment.
Sonicwind75 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer. Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague. Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio. I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.
Cubster 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!
Mornington Crescent 5 days 16 hours ago (view)
They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.
crunch 6 days 8 hours ago (view)
alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.
marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd
Hagsag 6 days 10 hours ago (view)
Yes they did.
crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)
welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).
billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.
Mike Wellman 6 days 12 hours ago (view)
Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?
Craig A. 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
Could have an option year remaining. Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.
Hagsag 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.