Russell & Tseng in Action but Morel & Soto Go Deep at Riverview
Christopher Morel and Jonathan Soto stroked two-run home runs in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Addison Russell (who is serving a 40-game suspension for violation of the MLB-MLBPA joint DV policy) played SS for three innings and went 2-3 with two singles and a strikeout (swinging).
Jen-Ho Tseng started the game for SQUAD "B" but was removed from the game in the 3rd inning. Colin Rea (who had started the game and pitched the first two innings for "SQUAD "A") relieved Tseng and pitched the 3rd inning for SQUAD "B." Tseng had been left behind in Mesa when his Iowa teammates left town so that he could stay in his rotation slot and get his scheduled work (he was not projected to make his first start for Iowa until next Sunday or Monday), but based upon his performance today (three runs on five hits -- three singles and two doubles, three walks, a HBP, and a WP, and only 50% strikes, in just two innings of work), that might now be in doubt.
The game was called in the middle of the 6th inning after all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game got their work.
Here is the box score from the game:
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
X. Addison Russell, SS: 2-3 (1B+E6, 1B, K, R)
NOTE: Russell batted 3rd in the top of the 1st inning, 5th in the 3rd, and 3rd in the 4th
1a. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
1b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 1-2 (5-3, BB, 1B, 2 R, SB)
3. Luis Vazquez, DH-SS: 1-2 (BB, 2B, 1-3, 2 RBI, CS)
4. Christopher Morel, DH #2: 1-1 (HBP, HR, BB, R, 2 RBI)
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-1 (K, HBP, HBP)
6. Clayton Daniel, 2B: 1-2 (1B, P-4, BB, R, RBI, CS)
7. Kevin Moreno, LF 0-2 (BB, K, F-8)
8. Raymond Pena, 1B-DH: 1-3 (L-7, E-5, 2B, R)
NOTE: R. Pena and K. Moreno switched slots second time thru batting order
9. Henderson Perez, C-DH: 0-3 (K, 5-3, F-9)
10. Danny Zardon, DH-C: 1-2 (2B, BB, F-8, R)
NOTE: Zardon and H. Perez switched slots second time thru batting order
11. Jonathan Soto, DH-1B: 1-1 (BB, HR, R, 2 RBI, CS)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first time thru batting order
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
2. Josue Huma, SS: 1-2 (1B, 1-3-5 DP, RBI)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
4. Jesse Hodges, DH-3B: 0-2 (5-3, L-5)
5. Luis Diaz, 3B-DH: 0-1 (6-3, BB, R, SB)
6. Alexander Guerra, DH #2: 0-1 (P-2, BB)
7. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-1 (K, BB)
8. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, RBI)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (K, 5-4-3 DP)
10. Orian Nunez, DH #3: 0-1 (K)
11. Caleb Knight, C: 1-1 (2B, R)
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Colin Rea: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (13 strikes)
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 44 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Colin Rea: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Carlos Ocampo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Pablo Ochoa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/AO, 34 pitches (23 strikes)
COMBINED PITCHER (pitched for SQUAD"A" & SQUAD "B"):
Colin Rea: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 58 pitches (36 strikes)
NOTE: Rea pitched 1st & 2nd innings for for SQUAD "A", then 3rd inning for SQUAD "B"
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. 3B Luis Diaz: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Henderson Perez: 1 PB
2. Danny Zardon: 0-1 CS
EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Caleb Knight: 3-5 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.
long time coming for miller.
crunch 19 hours 17 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 20 hours 23 min ago (view)
Their friend Donald will come through for them.
crunch 20 hours 46 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 20 hours 53 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 21 hours 59 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 22 hours 3 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' 23 hours 43 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 3 hours ago (view)
Dan Winkler and Jharel Cotton wasn't enough for you? Tough crowd.
Hagsag 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
I think we all are ready for some action.
crunch 1 day 18 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 8 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 14 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 15 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 17 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 19 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!