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"
Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 5 days 19 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 6 days 4 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 6 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 6 days 7 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 6 days 21 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...