Hudson Dominates South Bend at Riverview

SP Bryan Hudson hurled five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts and Josue Huma singled twice, doubled, scored a run, and drove-in another, as the Eugene/Mesa Cubs (soon to be the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad) blanked the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) 4-0 in Minor League Spring Training game action Saturday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. 

The majority of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were excused from having to play in the game so that they could prepare for their trip Sunday to South Carolina (the Pelicans open their season Tuesday night in an exhibition game versus Charleston Southern University), but the three MB pitchers who were scheduled to throw on Saturday (Hudson, Peyton, and King) did pitch in the game, albeit with the youngsters from the Eugene/Mesa squad playing behind them (and it turned out to be a winning combination, too!). 

Meanwhile the South Bend Cubs continue to struggle at the plate, striking out nine more times for a total of 29 strikeouts and only one run scored in their last 18 innings over the past two days.  

In South Bend Cubs roster news, RHSP Yovanny Cruz has been moved-down to Eugene/Mesa from the South Bend squad.     

And so this is the South Bend Cubs provisional Opening Day roster (27 players - two players over the 25 man Opening Day roster limit):   

STARTING PITCHERS: Faustino Carrera, Derek Casey, Eury Ramos, Cam Sanders, and Riley Thompson   
PIGGY-BACK STARTER: Brailyn Marquez
BULLPEN: Dalton Geekie, Ryan Lawlor, Riley McCauley, Zach Mort, Eugenio Palma, Jeffrey Passantino, Peyton Remy, and Ethan Roberts 
CATCHERS: Eric Gonzalez, Rafelin Lorenzo, and Gustavo Polanco
INFIELDERS: Tyler Durna, Levi Jordan, Fidel Mejia, Rafael Narea, Andy Weber, and Delvin Zinn 
OUTFIELDERS: D. J. Artis, Cole Roederer, Jonathan Sierra, and Nelson Velazquez 

One pitcher and one position player will need to be taken off the roster prior to Opening Day.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (P-6, 2B, K, 6-4 FC, R, CS)
2. Josue Huma, SS: 3-3 (1B, 2B, 1B, R, RBI, PO)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-3 (4-1, K, F-8)
4. Alexander Guerra, C:  0-1 (BB, F-7, BB)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, 5-3, 6-4 FC)
6. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
7. Dalton Hurd, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
8. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-3 (L-8, 2B, F-8, R) 
9. Danny Zardon, DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, RBI, CS)

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. D. J. Artis, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K)
2. Cole Roederer, DH #1: 0-2 (6-3 DP, BB, 3-1)
3. Andy Weber, SS: 0-3 (K, 4-6-3 DP, 5-3)
4. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
6. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Tyler Durna, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
8. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
9. Gustavo Polanco, 1B:1-2 (1B, L-6, SB)
10. Levi Jordan, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)

EUGENE/MESA PITCHERS
1. Bryan Hudson: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 5/0 GO/AO, 74 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Eury Ramos: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 2/6 GO/AO, 71 pitches (48 strikes) 
2. Peyton Remy: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA ERRORS: NONE 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

EUGENE/MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
Rafelin Lorenzo: 2-3 CS 

SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST
RF Jonathan Sierra - batter (Dalton Hurd) thrown out 9-3-6 attempting to advance to 2nd base on RBI single to RF

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

march 31st and ARZ has a 50-60mph throwing backup catcher throw 54 pitches over 2 innings.  it's gonna be a long season, ARZ...

jr murphy 2ip 8h 3bb 0k, 7r/er

...and russell martin (LAD) makes his pitching debut in the 9th...2 catchers as the current pitchers...neat.  martin is featuring a 80-84 mph fastball and some kind of low 70 changeup thing with no command.

1ip 0h 0bb 0k.  david ross (2 games, 2ip 0h 0bb 0k) approves.

btw, david ross got his first MLB HR playing for LAD off a ARZ position player named mark grace.

v.caratini made a hell of a catch, but ended it awkwardly...seems to have really smacked his head quite hard falling without being able to brace himself.

given how long he was down and grimacing getting up it's a bit surprising they're going to let him continue catching.  a'ite then.

Trea Turner w walkoff HR vs Mets Justin Wilson, some things just don’t change very much.

2 outs...bases loaded...ham works a 3-2 count on deshields...

grand slam.

sigh.

this pen is already f'n killing me...

chatwood lost his command after 1 inning and montgomery never had it...both got a lot of room to showcase the suck before getting pulled.

barf.

On the bright side, offense looks good.

this could be a long year.

Going to be a long year if some of the depth bullpen pieces acquired/ developed don’t show up this year. The current 8 are pretty putrid.

And six of them can't be sent back to Iowa.

Whatever will we do if somebody takes Brandon Kintzler off our hands!

In seriousness, Edwards CAN go to Iowa. And should if he doesn’t get it together fast.

How did we get to the regular season before anyone made sure that Edwards' mechanical adjustment was legal? I assume he just goes back to his old delivery now?

I was actually thinking today that problem with the Cubs bullpen isn't so much the depth pieces but that most of the current go-to guys are inconsistent (Strop, Edwards) or were just flat bad in this series (Montgomery), and they are in the spotlight right now. Neither the bullpen nor the rotation has a good anchor at the moment. If Darvish were good and Morrow were healthy, the whole pitching part of the game might suddenly look OK. But without that, it's like they lost their backbone (and I mean that in terms of structure, not character).

I think they need to really take a good look at Webster, Maples, Norwood, etc. Also hopefully Cedeno and Barnette aren’t shit when they get healthy.

We just have a lot of guys who we can’t do anything with options wise who we‘re Not willing to give up on. I hope the leash is short. For the record, Monty looks off. I kinda wonder if theres an injury there.

It sounds like he was doing something different during the game than what he had been doing throughout spring training. The motion itself should be legal as long as he doesn't full stop re-plant that foot I guess.  Basing this comment off this article:  https://www.bleachernation.com/2019/04/01/carl-edw...  

Ah! Somebody actually watched him in Spring Training. That's a helpful clarification--thanks for the link!

Well, that series exposed some weaknesses surprisingly effectively for being a relatively close 1-2 series loss.

Well, when you score 12, 6 and 10 runs, you expect to win maybe two games.

I admit to being intrigued by DJL's suggestion of going into rebuild mode. While you're at it, stop playing Heyward. That would draw me back in.

But Theo won't do it. He was fine with jettisoning experienced players when they were Hendry's fault.  But now it's his own mess.

Don't forget that if Chatwood and Darvish can't get their heads clear, Hamels will be another big waste of money.

I'm surprised to hear myself say it, but I think this is Theo's last year.  Thanks for the parade. Sincerely.

Not even a total rebuild... just the bullpen. If it is gonna be trash, then see if the unproven kids with potential can figure it out at the big league level. If it’s between watching Kintzler struggle or watching Webster struggle, give me Webster any day. At least he might become something worthwhile. Not just Webster, really. The whole group of unproven yet talented pitchers. Even if they struggle this year, they’ll have the experience for next year. And the FO will have a years worth of data on them to evaluate.

Interested in the Iowa roster. Lots of cuts or trades to be made to get to 25 players.

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  • Cubster 8 hours 48 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 7 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 1 day 34 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.