South Bend & Myrtle Beach Get Swept at Fitch Park

The Beloit Snappers (Oakland Athletics Lo-A affiliate) defeated the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 5-2 on Field #3, and the Stockton Ports (A's Hi-A affiliate) edged the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 5-4 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Wednesday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Miguel Guzman belted a solo HR for Beloit and Chris Pieters smacked a solo HR for the SB Cubs on Field #3.   

Kevonte Mitchell left the game on Field #3 after being hit in the head by a fly ball in foul territory in the bottom of the 4th inning. 

Both Cubs starting pitchers (South Bend LHSP Carson Sands on Field #3 and Myrtle Beach RHSP Erick Leal on Field #4) fared poorly, allowing a combined seven runs on twelve hits (including five doubles and a triple), five walks, and a HBP (and a WP) in just 5.1 IP. 

Because of the Cubs-Rangers Futures Game in Surprise, more than the usual number of position players from the Eugene/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training group) were temporarily added to the South Bend and Myrtle Beach rosters on Wednesday to replace absent players.    

John Arguello has posted pics & observations from Tuesday's AA and AAA games at Riverview at Cubs Den:

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played Wednesday at Fitch Park (Cubs players only): 


1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-4 (1B, F-7, 6-3, 6-3) 
2a. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-2 (1-3, 3B, R)
2b. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
3. Blake Headley, 3B: 1-4 (K, P-4, K, 1B)
4a. Tyler Payne, DH: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, RBI)
4b. Angelo Amendolare, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3 DP)
5. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-4 (L-8, K, HR, K, R, RBI) 
6. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, F-8)
7a. Alex Bautista, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K) 
7b. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-1 (K) 
8a. Erick Castillo, C: 1-2 (2B, 5-3) 
8b. Jordan Hankins, C: 0-1 (5-3)
9a. Ho-Young Son, SS; 1-2 (F-8 DP, 1B, SB)
9b. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-1 (5-3) 

1. Carson Sands: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 64 pitches (38 strikes) 
2. Kyle Twomey: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 5/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (26 strikes)
3. Trey Masek: 1.1 IP, 0 H,  0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (14 strikes) 

1. RF Kevonte Mitchell: E-9 (missed catch in foul territory allowed AB to continue)
2. P Trey Masek: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. SS Ho-Young Son: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS 


1. Andrew Ely, SS:  1-4 (BB, 6-3, 2B, P-4, L-7, 2 R, SB)
2. Daniel Spingola, RF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, F-8, SB) 
3. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (K, 6-4 FC, K, 1B) 
4. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-3 (L-8 SF-DP, 6-3, 1B, E-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
5a. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3) 
5b. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-1 (4-3)
6. Tyler Alamo, DH: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, F-9, F-8) 
7a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, K)
7b. Donnie Cimino, PH-LF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
8. Alberto Mineo, 1B-C: 1-4 (L-7, F-8, F-8, 1B)
9a. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 0-2 (L-1, K)
9b. Edgar Rondon, PH-2B: 0-2 (K, 1-3, RBI)

1. Erick Leal: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 5/1 GO/AO, 62 pitches (34 strikes) 
2. Sam Wilson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jordan Minch: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (21 strikes)  
4. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes) 


Tyler Pearson: 0-1 CS 

RF Daniel Spingola - batter thrown out 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double


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