Pelicans Fly the Coop While Bote Bomb Leaves Smokies in the Dark
David Bote (solo HR), Christopher Morel (RBI double), Fernando Kelli (RBI single), and Luis Vazquez (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits and LHP Bryan Hudson hurled 4.2 IP of one-run ball, leading the Iowa Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies in Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Sunday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Kevin Zamudio (RBI double) and Joe Martarano (RBI single) drove-in the two Tennessee runs.
Iowa relievers Randy Rosario, Rob Zastryzny, and Daury Torrez (combined) retired nine in a row.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans left town today, so the South Bend Cubs had a full workout (baserunning drills, fielding practice, and BP) on Field #3 but did not play a game. As a result, Myrtle Beach LHSP Bryan Hudson (who remained behind in Mesa) and South Bend RHSP Erich Uelmen pitched the latter innings of the Iowa-Tennessee game, which was extended an extra inning so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Also, two pitchers who have been in the Rehab Throwing Program (RHP Erick Leal and LHP Manuel Rondon) got some work in the game as well. (Leal hadn't piched in a game since 2016).
The game was really two different games, because position players from the Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad replaced the Iowa and Tennessee position players after each of the I-Cubs and Smokies starters got two AB. (Christopher Morel -- who began the game as the Iowa DH and then moved to 3B in the 5th -- was the only player to play the entire game). So Uelmen faced the EXST Cubs rather than AAA hitters during his five innings of work, while Hudson faced the AA starting lineup first time through the order and then EXST guys the next time.
Here is the box score from the game:
1a. Trey Martin, CF: 0-2 (P-4, F-7)
1b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-2 (6-3, 3-U)
2a. Zack Short, SS: 0-2 (F-7, FC+E5)
2b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R, SB)
3a. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, 5-4-3 DP)
3b. Joe Martarano, 1B: 1-2 (1B, F-7, RBI)
4a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
4b. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-2 (5-4 FC, E-4, R, PO)
5a. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (F-8, 5-3)
5b. Kevin Zamudio, C: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
6a. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9)
6b. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3)
7a. Jason Vosler, DH #1: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
7b. Luis Hidalgo, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B, K)
8a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
8b. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-0 (SH-E1, BB)
9a. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-1 (F-9, BB)
9b. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
10a. Erick Castillo, DH #2: 1-1 (1B)
10b. Jonathan Soto, PH-DH: 0-2 (3-U, 6-3)
1a. Wynton Bernard, CF: 0-2 (K, K)
1b. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, L-9, RBI)
2a. David Bote, 2B: 2-2 (HR, 1B, R, RBI)
2b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 6-3)
3a. Efren Navarro, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
3b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (K, L-7, 6-3)
4a. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-2 (F-7, K)
4b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (1-3, BB, CS)
5a. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
5b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (3B, 3-U)
6a. Chesny Young, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
6b. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
7a. Ali Solis, C: 0-2 (K, K+WP, R)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (E-6, K)
8a. Chris Coghlan, RF-DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
8b. Richard Nunez, PH-DH: 0-2 (F-8, E-7)
9. Christopher Morel, DH-3B: 1-4 (K, 2B, 5-4-3 DP, 6-3, RBI)
1. Duncan Robinson: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 74 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Erich Uelmen: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 7/3 GO/AO, 70 pitches (44 strikes)
1. Randy Rosario: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Rob Zastryzny: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Bryan Hudson: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 6/5 GO/AO, 78 pitches (42 strikes)
5. Erick Leal: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Manuel Rondon: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 2
1. SS Delvin Zinn: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. LF Abraham Rodriguez: E-7 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely and runner to score)
IOWA ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Stephen Bruno: E-5 (errant throw on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
2. P Bryan Hudson: E-1 (throwing error on sac bunt attempt allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Luis Diaz: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Kevin Zamudio: 1-1 CS
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 13 hours 12 min ago (view)
marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.
long time coming for miller.
crunch 17 hours 50 min ago (view)
things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.
i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.
i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.
Hagsag 18 hours 57 min ago (view)
Their friend Donald will come through for them.
crunch 19 hours 19 min ago (view)
remember when the billionaire owners got a huge double digit tax cut?
maybe the city should do them a favor and give them more tax savings help to let them buy and build another 2-3 revenue projects outside of the park. that might help these struggling heroes find some extra loot.
i know this rant isn't fair, but my "dan winkler got a MLB contract fever" is dying down a bit.
crunch 19 hours 26 min ago (view)
f'real. i don't even know why they're going to bother playing games. i'm over here printing Cubs 2020 World Series Champs banners while others are sleeping on reality.
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 32 min ago (view)
Just saw a fun report that the Cubs are telling even budget type free agents they can't currently negotiate until they clear some payroll. So that's a fun start to the winter meetings.
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 36 min ago (view)
I'm with you 100% on that. Minor league retreads are fine and all but we don't need to be paying premiums for middle relief.
JustSayin' 22 hours 17 min ago (view)
The Cubs have 15-20 extra pitchers in their minor league system due to unbalanced drafting over the last few years. I am ready to see them err on the side of giving the internal guys too many chances as compared to signing AAA players who had short stints in the big leagues which didn't go too well. We don't know it the Cubs organization is just that bad at developing pitching, or has too many guys trying to prove themselves in a fixed number of minor league innings. Bad scouting/development or self-inflicted bottleneck?
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Dan Winkler and Jharel Cotton wasn't enough for you? Tough crowd.
Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
I think we all are ready for some action.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
winter meetings start tomorrow...guys got into town friday/today.
the cubs are supposedly looking to tap the trade market for their major moves. this is the place where it gets done or seeds get planted.
also, the modern day HOF class will be announced. marvin miller will most likely get in. lou whitaker and ted simmons should have some heat, too.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
semi-interesting winter league note...
trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer. 15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.
giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago. he never went anywhere. he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player. last season he played in the OAK minor league system. 30 years old now...
jdrnym 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc). last year was not a fun bullpen year...
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp. I appreciate the hell out of it. Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.
bradsbeard 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!