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
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