Cubs Are the Real Power at Riverview
Rafelin Lorenzo drilled an RBI triple and a double and scored two runs, Fidel Mejia belted an RBI triple and a double and scored one run, Levi Jordan cracked an RBI triple and a single and scored a run, and six pitchers combined on a two-hitter, leading the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 6-1 victory over the West Virginia Power (Seattle Mariners Lo-A affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Thursday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Although they were pitching for South Bend, it was actually a Eugene/Mesa "bullpen day" on Field #1, with six relievers from the Eugene/Mesa squad called upon to provide some "two-hit relief" for the SB-Cubs pen.
Meanwhile, Thursday night's offensive heroes Rafelin Lorenzo and Fidel Mejia have been two of the pleasant surprises at Cubs Minor League Camp.
Lorenzo was selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of last December's Rule 5 Draft from the Pittsburgh Pirates in what appeared to be just an organizational depth transaction, but it turns out he is a really good receiver with a plus-arm and he has some XBH power at the plate as well. He showed enough at Minor League Camp that he beat-out Alexander Guerra, Jonathan Soto, and Henderson Perez for the #1 catching job at South Bend, and he actually probably could have been the #1 catcher at Myrtle Beach or maybe even at Tennessee if it wasn't for a guy named Miguel Amaya at Myrtle Beach and P. J. Higgins and Jhonny Pereda at Tennessee. Kudos to the Cubs Pro Scouting Dept.
Fidel Mejia was leading (and may still be leading, I don't know) Cubs Minor League Camp in HR and XBH and (apparently) has won the starting 3B job at South Bend, even though he spent the last two seasons in the AZL and has yet to see Eugene. The 20-year old switch-hitter obviously put on some muscle during the off-season and now has pop from both sides of the plate (he hit a HR over the CF Batter's Eye on Riverview Field #5 last week), and he has worked hard to make himself into a decent-enough third-baseman that he should be able to stay at the hot corner as he advances through the Cubs system, although he can also play 1B and even a bit of 2B as well.
Meanwhile, the jury is still out on whether Cole Roederer will open the 2019 season at South Bend or at Extended Spring Training. Sometimes he looks great, and other times (like in Thursday night's game) he doesn't. So he is squarely "on the bubble," and it could go either way. (I guess we'll find out shortly).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. D. J. Artis, LF: 1-3 (1-U, K, BB, 1B, R, SB)
2. Levi Jordan, 2B: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 4-3 DP, 3B, R, RBI)
3. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 2-4 (2B, K, 4-3, 3B, R, RBI)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (K, F-9, F-7, K)
5. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, F-8 SF, R, RBI)
6. Cole Roederer, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, 1-3 SH, K, K)
7. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 2-3 (4-3, 3B, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
8. Andy Weber, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, F-7 SF, 3-1, RBI)
9. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (L-4, HBP, F-8 SF, RBI)
10. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-3 (4-3 DP, 6-3, K)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Jake Reindl: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (5 strikes)
6. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
2B Levi Jordan: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Clear skies with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 13 hours 27 min ago (view)
Charlie 14 hours 21 min ago (view)
Lester pitched 35 innings today.
crunch 17 hours 1 min ago (view)
2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...
Eric S 17 hours 47 min ago (view)
Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 43 min ago (view)
With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!
Who would have thought?
Jackstraw 18 hours 44 min ago (view)
Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series. Left lots of ducks on the pond. Could take some of the pressure off the pen.
Jackstraw 18 hours 45 min ago (view)
You could hit your thumb with a hammer. Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza. Just sayin.
Eric S 18 hours 49 min ago (view)
I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day
crunch 18 hours 50 min ago (view)
cubs win! about time.
Eric S 18 hours 59 min ago (view)
Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos
crunch 19 hours 30 min ago (view)
K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out
PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.
crunch 19 hours 39 min ago (view)
...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...
2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.
bullpen time. oh. boy. neat.
crunch 19 hours 52 min ago (view)
bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.
crunch 19 hours 55 min ago (view)
2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.
btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...
crunch 20 hours 9 min ago (view)
no one scores! hell yeah. phew.
crunch 20 hours 15 min ago (view)
walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.
this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.