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

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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  • Wrigley Rat 14 min 35 sec ago (view)

    3 dots on this evening's Cubs-Dodgers game - makes sense & they do color in the 3rd dot as they're going to commericals (Spectrum Sportsnet).

     

  • crunch 2 hours 27 min ago (view)

    3 dot crew represent.  i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 35 min ago (view)

    I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!

    Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.

     

  • George Altman 6 hours 38 min ago (view)

    The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport,  to learn something from the broadcast crew.

    Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't,  and I know about NOTHING about football. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3.  If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #.  eg - OUTS: 1  It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.

     

  • crunch 9 hours 29 min ago (view)

    tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r.  he can opt out of the 2nd year.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 55 min ago (view)

    the national broadcasts on ESPN suffer badly from a lack of "homework" on the teams they're covering.

    yesterday i heard more riffing between the announcers about each other more than the players.  the only thing that saved them from more of that and dead air was in-progress action and player interviews (too many player interviews, but it's spring so whatever).

     

  • Hagsag 14 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Not impressed with ESPN's broadcast. I like Mendoza's work, but how many kids did we have to see rolling around the grass. Good day to see some young players ,but half the time you had no idea who was batting or pitching.

     

  • crunch 23 hours 22 min ago (view)

    cubs game totally not a delay broadcast for ESPN...thanks for that gem heyward.

    dunno if they'll be printing up any "You better have your shit in line" t-shirts, but it's as least as good as "Try not to suck"

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Jason Adam is another who throws short arm. I don't think he was a position player, but maybe falls into the arm injury category?

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil.  Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster. 

    The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.

    Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.