Lackey Sharp at Riverview
Eloy Jimenez knocked-in two runs with a 1st inning RBI double and a 9th inning RBI single, Andruw Monasterio ripped a single and an RBI double, scored a run, and stole a base, and Donnie Dewees tripled, walked, and scored, helping the South Bend Cubs edge the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-4 on Field #4, and David Freitas singled twice, walked, and smacked a two-run HR, Matt Murton drilled a two-run double, singled twice, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, Juan Carlos Perez tripled twice, drove-in a run, and scored another, and Jeimer Candelario walked four times, leading the Iowa Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies on Field #6, in Minor League Camp doubleheader action Thursday morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
RHSP John Lackey was left behind in Mesa when the Cubs departed for Las Vegas, and so he got the start for Iowa on Field #6. The big right-hander worked seven innings (100 pitches - 62 strikes), allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits (four singles and a double) and a walk, with eight strikeouts (five swinging), and a 7/5 GO/AO. At one point he retired eleven in a row.
Miguel Montero served as Lackey's catcher, and went 0-3 at the plate (a FO, an inning-ending GIDP, and a K-swinging on what was a nine-pitch AB) and 0-3 CS (with one throwing error), but he did pick a runner off 2nd base.
Billy McKinney hammered a double and a triple in a losing cause for Tennessee.
RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng had a rough outing for the Smokies on Field #6, allowing ten hits (including two triples and a double) and four walks in 4.1 IP.
The game on Field #4 was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Because the MLB Cubs took a number of minor leaguers with them to Vegas, several players were temporariliy moved-up from a lower level group to augment the rosters of the four squads playing at Riverview.
Here are the box scores from the two games:
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 1-3, L-7, R, RBI, SB)
2. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (L-5, 6-5 FC, K, 1B, R, SB, CS)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, CF: 1-4 (1B, K, F-8, 6-3, R, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 2-4 (2B, 1-3, F9, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Matt Rose, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, F-7)
5b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
6. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-1, L-8, RBI, PO)
7. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 1-4 (1B, F-8, K, 6-3)
8. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH-C: 2-4 (4-6-3 DP, 2B, 1B, 1-3)
9a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-3 (K, 1-3, 4-3)
9b. Tyler Payne, PH-1B: 0-1 (5-3)
10. Donnie Dewees, DH #2: 1-2 (3B, 4-3, BB, R)
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (F-7, F-7, 1B, K, PO)
2. Charcer Burks, DH: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, F-9, BB, CS)
3. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-4 (K, K, 5-3, K)
4. Gleyber Torres, SS: 2-4 (L-8, 1B, F-9, 1B, R, CS)
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, BB, R, 2 SB)
6a. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (P-4, F-9, BB, R)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-0 (F-7 SF, RBI)
7. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7 SF, R, RBI)
8a. Andrew Ely, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, K, 1B, RBI)
8b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-0 (HBP)
9. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (BB, 6-4 FC, L-6, F-9)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Kyle Miller: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Tyler Peitzmeier: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
4. John Williamson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 2 WP, 21 pitches (11 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Jake Stinnett: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 6/3 GO/AO, 78 pitches (50 strikes)
2. Zach Hedges: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/AO, 55 pitches (36 strikes)
3. Daury Torres: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. C P. J. Higgins: E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. C Marcus Mastrobuoni: E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base after play at plate allowed runner to score)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. P. J. Higgins: 1-3 CS , 1 E (see above)
2. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
1. Jake Hannemann, CF: 1-4 (3-U, F-9, 1B, P-6, R, RBI, SB)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, 4-3, 5-3, SB)
3a. Victor Caratini, C: 1-3 (5-3, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
3b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
4. Jason Vosler, 3B: 0-4 (K, F-7, F-7, F-7)
5. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K)
6. Billy McKinney, RF: 2-4 (2B, K, K, 3B, PO)
7. Kelly Dugan, DH: 0-2 (K, 3-U)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD & FOURTH TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
8. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-4 (F-7, K, K, 4-3)
9. Bryant Flete, SS 1-3 (L-7, 1B, K, R, SB)
1. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 2-5 (1B, 1B, 5-3, F-8, 4-3, R, RBI)
2. Juan Carlos Perez, CF: 2-4 (3B, K, 3B, F-8, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, BB, 3-U, BB, R, CS, PO)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 1-4 (K, 2B, K, 1-3, BB, R)
5. Matt Murton, LF: 3-4 (1B, K, HBP, 1B, 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB)
6. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 1-3 (BB, 1B, F-7, F-7 SF, K, RBI)
NOTE: SWITCHED SLOTS WITH BROCKMEYER FOURTH & FIFTH TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
7a. Miguel Montero, C: 0-3 (F-9, 3-6-1 DP, K)
7b. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, R)
8. David Freitas, 1B: 3-3 (1B, 1B, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9. Ben Carhart, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, 5-3, 6-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Ryan Dent, SS: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B, BB)
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 78 pitches (41 strikes)
2. Josh Conway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Gerardo Concepcion: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
4. James Pugliese: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes)
1. John Lackey: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 7/5 GO/AO, 100 pitches (62 strikes)
2. Brandon Gomes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Jeffry Antigua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
IOWA ERRORS: 1
C Miguel Montero: E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Victor Caratini: 1-1 CS
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Montero: 0-3 CS, 1 PO, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 70's
Hagsag 1 hour 6 min ago (view)
I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?
Arizona Phil 8 hours 26 min ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.
He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.
He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 17 min ago (view)
DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 17 min ago (view)
W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series.
Wrigley Rat 10 hours 48 min ago (view)
Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 42 min ago (view)
I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!
You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?
Arizona Phil 11 hours 53 min ago (view)
W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 17 min ago (view)
Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info.
NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...
Wrigley Rat 12 hours 25 min ago (view)
Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.
crunch 13 hours 32 min ago (view)
3h 43m game today.
at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.
rex brothers looked good again.
crunch 15 hours 30 min ago (view)
1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.
yesterday's game was 3h 45m.
crunch 16 hours 49 min ago (view)
lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.
no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while. i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid. it's probably a safer range.
his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop. i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.
Rob Richardson 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.
he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign. there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.
i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...
First.Pitch.120 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!