D. J. Leads Pelicans past 66ers at Diablo

D. J. Wilson singled twice, stole a base, scored a run, and drove one in, Fidel Mejia singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and catcher Johnny Pereda drilled two RBI singles and threw out all four baserunners who tried to steal against him, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) to a 5-3 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) on Field #3, and RHSP Luis Madero hurled four innings of one-run ball and Brandon Marsh roped a two-out two-run single to cap a three-run 3rd inning, helping the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) defeat the Cubs Lo-A South Bend affiliate 6-1 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Sunday afternoon at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.    

Myrtle Beach relievers retired the last eleven men they faced on Field #3.  

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


1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 1-3, K, R, RBI, SB)
2. Brandon Hughes, RF: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, BB, K)
3. Austin Filiere, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-8, F-8, F-9, R, RBI)
4. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, K, 1B, R, SB)
5. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-4 (1B, 1-3, 6-3, 1B, 2 RBI)
6. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-4 (1-3, 6-3, K, 1B)
7a. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-2 (E-5, 1-3, R)
7b. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Cam Balego, DH: 0-4 (E-9, F-8, K, F-7, R)
9. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)

1. Jose Paulino: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER) 2 BB, 4 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 73 pitches (44 strikes)
2. Tyler Peyton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO), 10 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (19 strikes) 


Jhonny Pereda: 4-4 CS

Fidel Mejia - thrown out 8-5 arrempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on RBI single to CF


FIELD #4:  

1. Chris Singleton, CF 2-4 (5-3, 1B, 1B, F-7, PO)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (F-8, F-7, 5-3, 6-3)
3. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-4 (E-5, 1B, 3-U, F-7, R)
4a. Miguel Amaya, C: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B)
4b. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (K)
5a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, BB, RBI)
5b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-1 (K)
6. Kwangmin Kwon, LF: 0-4 (K, L-7, 4-6-3 DP, F-8)
7. Ramsey Romano, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, 5-3)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K, CS)
9. Luis Diaz, DH: 0-3 (5-3, L-9, K)

1. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GO/AO, 74 pitches (42 strikes)
2. Matt Swarmer: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Ben Hecht: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)

1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter reach base safely)
2. RF Yovanny Cuevas: E-9 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extending batter's AB)
3. P Ben Hecht: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

1. Miguel Amaya: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
2. Alexander Guerra: 1 PB

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"


AZ Phil, I know Gimenez has an opt out on June 1. Do you know if Court, Freeman, Navarro, Bass, Ryan also have opt outs?

HAGSAG: I don't know if anyone else signed to a minor league contract besides Gimenez has an opt-out. I wasn't even aware that Gimenez had one until it was reported this past weekend, since an opt-out wasn't automatic because he does not have Article XX-B rights.

ladies and gentlemen...albert belle...


munenori kawasaki has retired.

they should shut the game of baseball down world-wide for at least a week to properly mourn.

Cubs need to hire Muni to do something.

Three things I'm relatively certain of.


The Cubs would like KB to sign a team-friendly extension.

Derek Jeter would rather keep Pick 60 (which can be traded) instead of swapping it for Eddie Butler and a few pieces.

Theo has offered Mune a spot in the hierarchy.

total pain spring for jason heyward and albert almora...they're probably ready to reset their stats.

also, vogelbomb won spring training all-around, but he's going to be fighting for playing time at DH/1st since that's about all he can do. .400/.531/.900, 6HR, 7 doubles...damn.

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  • Hagsag 10 hours 45 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.


  • Eric S 17 hours 35 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 


  • crunch 20 hours 5 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!


  • crunch 20 hours 27 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 21 hours 2 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.


  • bradsbeard 22 hours 53 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 10 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing


  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.