Cubs Pitchers Fan the Blaze at Riverview

Delvin Zinn walloped a solo HR, doubled, reach base on an HBP, and scored three runs, Yonathan Perlaza tripled, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Chris Singleton singled twice, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and seven Cub pitchers combined to toss a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts (including five by SP Yunior Perez in just 1.2 IP), as the Mesa Cubs thrashed the Langley Blaze 7-1 in Minor League Camp game action Friday morning on Field #4 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

A member of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL), the Langley Blaze are one of the top amateur baseball clubs in Canada. Notable alumni include Brett Lawrie and Scott Mathieson, as well as ex-Cub minor leaguer Wes Darvill. 

The Blaze are on a ten-day Arizona Spring Training Trip, where they are playing minor league teams, and college and high school teams. The Blaze are scheduled to play one or two (and sometimes even three!) games per day, including morning games, afternoon games, night games, doubleheaders, and split squad games, so the Canadian lads (age 15-18) are playing a LOT of baseball in the Valley of the Sun.
 
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-3 (L-5, 1B, BB, F-7)
2a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (1B, K, BB) 
2b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (L-7)
2c. Danny Zardon, C: NO AB 
3. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-3 (BB, K, K, K)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, BB, 3B, F-7, 2 R, 2 SB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 0-3 (BB, F-8, 5-3, L-7, RBI)
6. Delvin Zinn, SS: 2-3 (2B, HBP, HR, K, 3 R, RBI) 
7. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 1-4 (K, 2B, F-9, F-8, 2 RBI)
8. Chris Singleton, RF: 2-4 (1B, L-8, 1B, 3-U, R, RBI, 2 SB)
9. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-4 (1-3, 1-3, K, K)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-2 (2B, F-8, BB, RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Yunior Perez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 32 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Carlos Ocampo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
6. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes) 
7. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
P Carlos Ocampo: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 47 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 60's 

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

Comments

While the Eugene/Mesa squad was playing the Langley Blaze on Field #4, South Bend & Myrtle Beach (on Field #5) and Iowa & Tennessee (on Field #6) played four-inning intrasquad games. 

SOUTH BEND: 
Derek Casey (four innings) 

MYRTLE BEACH: 
Erling Moreno (two innings) 
Ivan Medina (one inning) 
Carlos Vega (one inning) 

TENNESSEE: 
Bailwey Clark (three innings) 
Jake Steffens (one inning)  

IOWA:
Jen-Ho Tseng (four innings) 

So Erling Moreno is finally throwing in a game (although only two innings)m and it appears that Bailey Clark is being stretched-out to start. 

Surprised they are stretching Clark out. Doesn’t seem like there is a rotation spot for him and he just seems like a guy who is best suited for a pen role. Perhaps they’ll keep him in more of a multi-inning relief role. 

BRADSBEARD: I strongly suspect he will be a piggy-backer. 

Who is Danny Zardon-C?

HAGSAG: Danny Zardon is 24 years old and he played HS ball with recently-signed Cubs minor league OF Brandon Vicens at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL, and he attended LSU before transferring to Nova Southeastern. He was the 17th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and played in the Phillies organization for two seasons before being released. He then signed with Joliet (Frontier League) where he played in 2017-18. The Cubs signed him this week and are converting him to catcher (he previously played 3B and little bit of 2B and 1B). 

Best Cubs pitchers FB velo at the Langley game: 

Yunior Perez 93-96 (a beast... absolutely unhittable... obviously) 
Danis Correa: 91-94 - T-95 (also threw a couple of nice secondaries) 
Jeremiah Estrada: 92-94 (struggled with FB command the deeper he got into inning) 

Jose Albertos couldn't command his FB at all so he threw a lot of CV and CH (which were excellent) 

j.tazawa released...

also, p.goldschmidt (STL) signs a 5/130m extension

j.hammel (TEX) is retiring.  he was in TEX camp on a minor league deal and he had a decent spring.  he was also very recently added to the 25-man roster and made the major league team.  evidently he simply wants to go home and be with his family.

i.happ to open the season in AAA.

that's a mild surprise.

looks like almora's role just got elevated.

Definitely a surprise. Based on his spring campaign and continued swing and miss issues, it’s deserved. 

he didn't get cheated on chances this spring and failed to deliver.

he did look good playing 2nd, though...so that's a plus given how meh-to-average he's traditionally looked there.  maybe he'll get more looks there in AAA rather than the OF.

I'll betcha Happ is pissed. He has accrued 1+142 MLB Service Time through the 2018 season and with a full season of MLB Service Time in 2019 he stood a good chance to qualify for Salary Arbitration post-2019 as a "Super Two"" (the Super Two cutoff was 2+134 MLB Service Time post-2018, 2+123 post-2017, 2+131 post-2016, 2+130 post-2015, and 2+133 post-2014), but if he spends more than 20 days on Optional Assignment to the minors in 2019 he will not accrue a full season and could very well fall below the post-2019 "Super Two" cut-off (which cannot be determined until after the conclusion of the 2019 MLB regular season).

This open up a spot for Zagunis unless there is a trade or a waiver claim.

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  • Cubster 1 hour 56 min ago (view)

    Bluejays locked up a playoff spot. Looks like it's the Astros that are out. They are unlikely to get a "Buffalo" home game if they are the last seed.

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    Tribune Cub Notes (Friday AM):

    Revenue drop leads to layoffs

    By Mark Gonzales

    The Cubs on Thursday laid off about 60 members of their business department because of declining revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a source told the Tribune.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 2 min ago (view)

    the scary part of this team-wide slump, and especially this series, is PIT is basically a AAA level talent team that had 15 wins all season coming into the cubs series.

    cubs are limping into the post-season.  heyward is pretty much the only consistent hitter.  well, technically jose martinez has been consistent, too.

     

  • blockhead25 17 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Hey, anything could happen.  They could win 4 2-1 games in a series.

    Or lose 8-0, 6-0 in the first round and be done.

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 39 min ago (view)

    3 days left to get psyched for the post season?

     

  • blockhead25 18 hours 34 min ago (view)

    This is an impressive level of offensive offense.  This week feels like the final week of 2018 when we also had a lousy 4 game series with the Pirates, just without one of the other teams winning the final 8 games to catch us. 

     

  • QuietMan 21 hours 9 min ago (view)

    So whatever happened to the don't pitch Mills the day after Hendricks plan?

     

  • crunch 21 hours 23 min ago (view)

    rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / schwarber / maybin(CF) / kipnis / baez / caratini / bote

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I agree with all of this. I think KB is traded for a SP. I guess here is my guess at the pitchers:

    Darvish

    Hendricks

    Trade Acquisition 

    Cheap FA

    Mills/ Alzolay 

    Bullpen: Mills/ Alzolay, Underwood, Adam, Tepera, Wick, Kimbrel, Ryan, Wieck (Alzolay if he loses the 5th spot battle with Mills is still starter number 6, and likely being groomed to join the rotation either later in the year or 2022)

     

  • Charlie 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Frazier beat him on an inside corner two-seamer (albeit belt high), but the Hayes homer came on an 0-2 meatball. Not very professorial.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    hendricks starts the game giving up back to back homers.  wtf...

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote

     

  • George Altman 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Let's hope so. It would be great next year to NOT have to 'piece together a bullpen'.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    DJL: I think that if Lester, Chatwood, Quintana, Jeffress, and Chafin leave via free-agency and do not return or are not replaced by at least one veteran MLB FA SP, the default Cubs 2021 Opening Day pitching staff will be Darvish, Hendricks, Mills (out of options), Alzolay (could be out of options - TBD), and either Rea, T. Miller, Steele, Abbott, Marquez, or D.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    I understand that any team can win a three-game series, but if I'm a division winner I'd want to be the #3 seed rather than the #2 seed in both the A. L. and the N. L., because I would rather face the worst second place team (Houston in the A. L. and probably Miami or Philadelphia in N. L.) than the best wild card team (Cleveland in the A. L. and probably Cincinnati or Milwaukee in the N.L.).  

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Maybe, if he makes the roster!

     

  • Charlie 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Jose Martinez is going to hit some big post season homerun, isn't he?