Pelicans Pitchers Turn Up the Heat at Riverview Park
Kevonte Mitchell walloped a two-run HR (off Brailyn Marquez), D. J. Wilson singled twice, doubled, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and SP Paul Richan hurled six innings of shutout ball with nine stikeouts (also 6/2 GO/AO, all three hits he allowed were singles, he issued no walks, and he threw 80% strikes) and combined with five relievers to fan 20, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) cruise past the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) 6-1 in Minor League Camp Spring Training game action Friday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as an eleven inning contest so that all of the pitchers who needed to throw could get their work, and while the twenty strikeouts racked up by Myrtle Beach pitchers was certainly aided by playing two additional innings, Pelicans pitchers did punch-out 16 SB-Cubs hitters through nine innings.
Also, three of the pitchers who threw for Myrtle Beach (Ian Clarkin, Jordan Minch, and Wyatt Short) were actually Tennessee relievers who needed work (the Minch FB was sitting 94-95 and touched 97, BTW), and another (LHP Ryan Lawlor) was recently moved-down to South Bend from Myrtle Beach but (like the Tennessee trio) he needed work and the South Bend bullpen dance card was full.
As is typical this time of year, several players from the Eugene/Mesa squad (Vicens, K. Moreno, L. Diaz, O. Nunez, Hurd, Zardon, and Daniel) served as late-inning replacements for the MB and SB starters, and the ones who played for South Bend combined to go 1-7 with six strikeouts (which also contributed to the prodigious Pelicans pitchers' strikeout total).
In Minor League Camp news, OF Brandon Hughes (Cubs 2017 16th round draft pick - Michigan State) is being converted to a LHP. Hughes is the second Cubs outfielder to be converted to pitcher this month (Jamie Galazin was the other one). Like Galazin, Hughes does have some prior experience as a pitcher in college (he appeared in seven games as a reliever in his freshman season at MSU).
Here is the box score from the game:
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Artis, LF: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
1b. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
2. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-4 (K, K, K, P-5)
3. Fidel Mejia, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 1B, BB, K)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (1B, 4-6 FC)
4b. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
5. Nelson Velazquez, DH #2: 0-4 (6-4-3 DP, K, L-7, K)
6. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-9, BB, 3-U)
7a. Levi Jordan, 3B: 0-2 (P-4, 6-3)
7b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
8a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, K)
8b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
9. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, F-7)
10. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, K+WP, R, SB)
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 3-4 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB, PO)
2. Jimmy Herron, RF: 1-4 (K, BB, F-9, 1B, F-8, R)
3a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-2 (L-1, 1B, RBI)
3b. Yeiler Peguero, PH-2B: 1-3 (3-1, F-8, 1B, RBI, CS)
4. Luke Reynolds, 3B: 1-5 (1B, K, L-9, F-8, K, R)
5a. Kevonte Mitchell, DH: 1-2 (HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
5b. Carlos Sepulveda, PH-DH: 1-3 (1B, E-6, K, R, SB)
6a. Grant Fennell, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
6b. Dalton Hurd, LF: 0-2 (F-8, K)
7a. Tyler Payne, C-1B: 0-4 (K, 6-3, K, 6-3)
7b. Danny Zardon, PH-1B: 0-1 (K)
8. Cam Balego, 1B-C: 1-2 (K, BB, 2B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9a. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, P-4, 1B, RBI)
9b. Chase Daniel, 2B: 0-1 (P-3)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Cam Sanders: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 71 pitches (43 strikes)
3. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 34 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Riley McCauley: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Dalton Geekie: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Paul Richan: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 GIDP, 6/2 GO/AO, 70 pitches (56 strikes)
2. Ryan Lawlor: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Ben Hecht: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Ian Clarkin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H,0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. C Eric Gonzalez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Eric Gonzalez: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Orian Nunez: 1-1 CS
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cam Balego: 0-1 CS
SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Cole Roederer threw out baserunner (Grant Fennell) 8-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to CF
WEATHER: Clear with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 2 hours 4 min ago (view)
it screws up stats. i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.
it also makes historical comparisons difficult.
the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high. what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.
Charlie 3 hours 9 min ago (view)
Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 54 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List.
crunch 6 hours 19 min ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 6 hours 45 min ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 9 hours 14 min ago (view)
Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.
I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.
Wrigley Rat 20 hours 15 min ago (view)
The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.
watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough. he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...
he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse. that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
this shane bieber guy kinda sucks. 1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.
i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.
...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.
George Altman 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period.
Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.
SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.
It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.
i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts. i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.
I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
OF Jake Marisnick to 10-DAY IL, and Cubs recall LHRP Brad Wieck.
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Prior to last season, Rule 4 Competitive Balance Draft picks could be traded in advance of the draft (the window beginning on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the start of the draft), although the pick could not be sold for cash, the pick itself could not be the PTBNL in a trade, and once traded the pick could not be flipped to a third team.
However, there is presently a moratorium on trading Competitive Balance picks that extends through the conclusion of the 2021 draft, so right now no draft picks may be traded.