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"
First.Pitch.120 3 hours 37 min ago (view)
Cotton McKnight: In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.
Pepper Brooks: He will not be able to see very well, Cotton.
First.Pitch.120 3 hours 39 min ago (view)
Yes! Exactly... I'd love to be able to watch coverages in football or just key-in on a great WR to watch them work.
First.Pitch.120 3 hours 42 min ago (view)
Wow... this is the most engagement I have ever received on any topic on social media platform. Please stay tuned for my opinions on the Oxford Comma, the APA Style Manual for Academic Writing, and the auto-correct on my iPhone.
I am an awesome guy at parties....
bradsbeard 14 hours 6 min ago (view)
I watched some of the Puerto Rican Winter League games that Miguel Amaya played in this winter. At least one broadcast had a super wide shot for balls in play that let you see the OF and the baserunners at the same time. It was awesome.
Wrigley Rat 17 hours 12 min 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 19 hours 25 min ago (view)
3 dot crew represent. i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.
Charlie 19 hours 33 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 23 hours 36 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 1 day 1 hour 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 1 day 2 hours 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 1 day 2 hours 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 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r. he can opt out of the 2nd year.
crunch 1 day 4 hours 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 1 day 7 hours 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 1 day 16 hours 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 18 hours 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?