Cease Fires Blanks at Greenjackets
Cubs top pitching prospect Dylan Cease tossed 3-1/3 innings of two-hit shutout ball (while issuing one walk and striking out six), Marcus Mastrobuoni (RBI double), Roberto Caro (RBI triple), and Luis Ayala (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits in a three-run 5th as the Cubs took a 3-0 lead, and then after the Greenjackets replied with one run in the 5th, one in the 7th, and three more in the 8th to take a 5-3 lead, Jhonny Pereda slugged a two-run home run over the LF fence in the top of the 9th to tie the game, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and the Augusta Greenjackets (Lo-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) played to a 5-5 tie on Field #2, and LHP Conner Menez hurled four innings of no-run no-hit ball and combined with four relievers to spin a four-hitter and Jalen Miller drilled an RBI triple and a double and scored two runs, leading the San Jose Giants (Hi-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) to a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #1, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Thursday morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.
Michael Cruz broke-up the San Jose no-hitter with a one-out line-drive single to right in the top of the 5th, and Connor Myers belted an opposite-field solo HR to put Myrtle Beach on the board in the top of the 6th, but otherwise the Pelicans didn't produce much offense.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (BB, L-8, 1B, F-8 SF, RBI, 2 SB, CS, PO)
2. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 0-3 (K, L-6, BB, 4-6 FC, SB)
3a. Chris Pieters, RF: 0-3 (K, P-6, F-7)
3b. Robert Garcia, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Trent Giambrone, 2B: 0-3 (L-8, F-9, K)
4b. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-1 (F-8)
5a. Michael Cruz, DH: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, 6-3)
5b. Franklin Tineo, C: 0-1 (3-U)
6. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, P-2, K)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, R)
8a. Connor Myers, LF: 1-2 (P-3, HR, R, RBI)
8b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-1 (F-9)
9a. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
9b. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-0 (BB)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Justin Steele: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Casey Bloomquist: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 7/1 GO/AO, 57 pitches (36 strikes)
3. John Williamson: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 28 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Tyler Alamo: E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. P John Williamson: E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
P. J. Higgins: 0-1 CS
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, CF: 1-4 (F-7, BB, 1B, 6-3, K, RBI, SB, CS)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (1-U, 5-3, K, BB)
3. Isaac Paredes, 3B: 0-4 (P-3, 1-U, K, 6-3)
4. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-4 (5-3, F-7, E-5, 5-3)
5. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-4 (6-3, L-7, L-8, 1B, R)
6. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-4 (E-5, 1B, F-9, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
7. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH: 2-4 (5-4 FC, 2B, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-4 (F-9, F-7, K, F-8)
9. Roberto Caro, RF: 2-4 (3-U, 3B, 4-3, 2B, R, RBI)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Dylan Cease: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 58 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Mark Malave: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Matt Swarmer: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 3
1. CF Luis Ayala: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed runner on 1st to advance to 3rd)
3. C Jhonny Pereda: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-4 CS, 1 E (see above)
SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Luis Ayala - batter thrown out 8-2-6 attempting to advance from 1st to 2nd after RBI single to CF
SOUTH BEND BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Luis Ayala - thrown out 7-4 attempting to take an extra base on two-out RBI single
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's
crunch 1 hour 58 min ago (view)
he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.
dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.
crunch 3 hours 25 min ago (view)
lot of people wanted him when len left. he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball. he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.
i find him a bit boring/dry. some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 43 min ago (view)
He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.
crunch 3 hours 57 min ago (view)
wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).
he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.
also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
tonight's game (thursday) is mlb.tv free game, btw.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck.
Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa.
The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five).
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
(c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season
seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers. he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.
Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
wow...and he's done for the night. that's not good...well, for mets fans.
"right shoulder soreness"
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings. he's also got a RBI single.
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
and d.smith gets HBP.
this is high end next level strategy. you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game. moneyballs.
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.
Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.
Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.
This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now.
Charlie 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
That was definitely my position prior to this year. But I am starting to buy into the claim that almost all pitchers are using something, even if it is rosin and sunscreen in many cases.