Four-Run 7th Lifts South Bend Cubs Past Bees at Diablo

P. J. Higgins grounded an RBI single through the 3.5 hole to plate the first run of the inning and Ho-Young Son followed with a bases-loaded triple into the left-centerfield gap to score three more, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) rallied for four runs in the 7th and defeated the Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels Lo-A affiliate) 7-4 on Field #4, and Brendan Sanger and Hutton Moyer belted back-to-back RBI triples to highlight a three-run 3rd and RHSP Tyler Carpenter hurled four innings of shutout ball, as the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 5-3 on Field #7, in Cactus League Minor League game action Friday afternoon at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.   

Besides the four-run rally in the 7th, Carlos Sepulveda doubled twice and scored a run and Kevonte Mitchell belted an RBI triple, walked, and cut-down a baserunner 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to right for the SB-Cubs. 

RHSP Jake Stinnett had a rough outing for Myrtle Beach, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits (including the back-to-back RBI triples), a walk, and a WP in 4.0 IP (61 pitches).

Among the more-notable Cub position player prospects playing in the two games, Ian Happ played 2B and went 0-2 with two walks, a strikeout (swinging), and a 1-3 bounce-out (slamming his bat into the ground in frustration before starting for 1st) and an E-4 fielding miscue (which led to an unearned run scoring), Donnie Dewees served as a DH and reached base three times (two singles and a walk), Eddy Julio Martinez also served as a DH and drilled a ringing RBI double (near HR) off the LF wall, and Eloy Jimenez played LF and went 1-3 (double into to the LF corner, walk, and a run scored).   

Angelo Amendolare, Vimael Machin, Alberto Mineo, Andruw Monasterio, and Ho-Young Son were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa group for the day to augment the South Bend and Myrtle Beach rosters.

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Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):

FIELD #4 

SOUTH BEND LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-4 (3-U, 4-3, P-5, K)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, 3-1, R)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, DH #1: 1-4 (2B, P-5, F-8 DP, 6-3, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-3 (L-4 DP, 2B, K, BB, R)
5a. Matt Rose, 3B: 1-3 (P-3, 6-3, 1B, R) 
5b. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-0 (HBP)
6. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-3 (BB, 3B, E-6, F-8, R, RBI, CS)
7a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, R, SB)
7b. Blake Headley, 1B; 0-1 (BB, K, R) 
8a. Erick Castillo, C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, RBI)
8b. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R, RBI) 
9a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (F-8, F-8) 
9b. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-1 (3B, 3 RBI)
10. Angelo Amendolare, DH #2: 1-3 (P-3, 1B, K, CS)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Casey Bloomquist: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 42 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Corbin Hoffner: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Alexander Santana: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
5. John Williamson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Carlos Sepulveda: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Matt Rose: E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed baserunner to advance from 2nd to 3rd) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
P. J. Higgins: 0-2 CS

SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSISTS
RF Kevonte Mitchell - baserunner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single 

FIELD #7

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (4-3, K, 1B, BB, CS)
2. Donnie Dewees, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, BB, 1B, F-8)
3. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-2 (BB, K, 1-3, BB, R)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (1B, F-8, BB, K, R, SB)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 2-4 (5-4-3 DP, 1B, F-8, 2B, R)
6a. Daniel Spingola, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, 6-4 FC, CS)
6b. Ian Rice, PH-DH; 0-1 (E-5, BB)
7. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-4 (K, F-8, K, 1B, RBI)
8. Andrew Ely, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, K, BB, RBI) 
9a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (4-3, K)
9b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (F-9, L-4 DP) 
10. Sutton Whiting, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, K, 5-3) 

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Jake Stinnett: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 4/3 GO/AO, 61 pitches (37 strikes)
2. James Norwood: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Michael Wagner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 6 pitches (6 strikes) 
5. James Farris: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1 
2B Ian Happ: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 1-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 38 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Just in case the webmaster isn't aware, the past 3 days or so, the site doesn't load with it's normal green background and is reformatted with everything right justified with a white background. Didn't know where to contact him/her, so I posted it here. I'm using Safari if that helps.

AZ Phil, I see that Scott Frazier threw an inning with 11 pitches and 9 strikes. Is there some progress here?

HAGSAG: Yes. He has dialed down the velocity a bit, and suddenly developed command of his fastball. 

Yuck -- lousy defense from Candelario at 3B leads to 2 runs. Routine chopper that he plays too slowly becomes an infield hit, then a poor throw to 2B on a probable DP ball results in only getting the lead runner. Disappointing.

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