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 

Arizona 
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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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  • crunch 13 hours 18 min ago (view)

    at least...

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 52 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 38 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 34 min ago (view)

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

    Who would have thought?

     

  • Jackstraw 18 hours 35 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 36 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 40 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 41 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 19 hours 21 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 30 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 43 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.

    sweeeeeeeet.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 45 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 12 sec ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 6 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.