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.


 (updated daily)

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 

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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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  • Charlie 31 min 44 sec ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 13 hours 51 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 37 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 15 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 53 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 16 hours 54 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 16 hours 59 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 18 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 32 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 9 min ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Ben Zobrist (and Tony Barnette) cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List August 1st - October 31st without special approval from the MLB Commissioner (which would be problematic), and Zobrist and Barnette absolutely will - NOT - (under any cicumstances) be eligible to play in the post-season if not reinstated from the Restricted List prior to midnight on August 31st. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Pedro Martinez is a bat-first switch-hitting infielder capable of playing 2B-3B-SS (best position is 2B). He runs well and is a savvy baserunner, shows occasional HR power, and is at least as good a hitter as Reivaj Garcia (probably even better). 

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    I checked.  You are correct.  No one.  Ever.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    joe sure likes putting kimbrel to work.