Bees Whitewash South Bend & Mr Rogers Bashes the 66ers
Jacob Rogers blasted a grand slam home run (off the roof of the Angels clubhouse) and a triple, Billy McKinney belted a solo HR, singled twice, and scored two runs, Mark Zagunis singled twice, walked, and scored a run, and Paul Blackburn threw 5.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball (no-hitter thru 4.2 IP), leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) to a 7-1 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) on Field #7, and Mike Bolaski (ex-3B) and four relievers combined to toss a six-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts, as the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) blanked the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 5-0 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League game action this morning at Diablo Park in Tempe, AZ.
Somewhat appropriately, the Burlington Bees - South Bend Cubs game on Field #4 was delayed for several minutes while a swarm of bees hovered overhead, apparently looking for a landing spot. The players who were on the field at the time hit the ground the way soldiers do when a hand grenade is thrown into their vicinity. This is the second time in two years that bees have descended upon Diablo Park when I've been there (a hive had to be removed from a tractor that was situated in the bullpen at Field #7 last year). Naturally, the Angels have not one but two affiliates (Lo-A Burlington and AAA Salt Lake City) with the "Bees" nickname.
The game on Field #7 was pre-planned as a ten-inning affair so that all of the pitchers scheduled to throw today could get their scheduled work.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB)
1b. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, 6-4 FC)
2b. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-1 (F-7)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-4 (1B, P-4, 1B, 6-3)
4a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, K, BB)
4b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-1 (1B)
5. Justin Marra, DH-C: 0-4 (1-3, K, K, K)
6a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (1-3, K, L-5 DP)
6b. David Bote, SS: 0-1 (5-3)
7a. Cael Brockmeyer, C-DH: 0-2 (4-3, L-6)
7b. Ho-Young Son, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Jason Vosler, 1B: 0-3 (L-4, F-7, 4-3)
9. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Erick Leal: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 6/2 GO/FO, 82 pitches (55 strikes)
2. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Francisco Carrillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 6 pitches (6 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter reach base safely)
2. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cael Brockmeyer: 0-1 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Jake Hannemann, CF-DH: 1-3 (1B, F-9, BB, F-9, R)
2. Mark Zagunis, LF-CF: 2-3 (BB, F-8, 1B, 1B, R)
3. Billy McKinney, RF: 3-4 (1B, HR, 6-3, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B-DH: 2-4 (HR, 3B, F-7, K, R, 4 RBI)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-4 (F-7, F-7, K, 1B)
6. Victor Caratini, DH-1B: 2-4 (2B, 4-3, P-3, 1B, R)
7. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-4 (6-3, 4-3, 4-6-3 DP, 3-U)
8a. Andrew Ely, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-7, R, RBI)
8b. Miguel Rico, LF: 0-2 (F-9, L-7)
9a. Carlos Penalver, DH #2: 1-1 (3B, RBI)
9b. Wes Darvill, PH-2B: 1-2 (1B, K)
9c. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Ben Carhart, C: 0-4 (K, F-7, 5-3, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Paul Blackburn: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 3/10 GO/FO, 89 pitches (55 strikes)
2. Josh Conway: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 18 pitches (8 strikes)
4. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Matt Brazis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
crunch 1 hour 11 min ago (view)
3 dot crew represent. i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.
Charlie 1 hour 19 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 5 hours 22 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 7 hours 42 min 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 8 hours 13 min 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 8 hours 35 min 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 9 hours 59 min ago (view)
brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r. he can opt out of the 2nd year.
crunch 10 hours 39 min 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 13 hours 14 min 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 22 hours 6 min 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 6 min 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?
Sonicwind75 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!
Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Thanks, AZ Phil. Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster.
The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.
Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
CUBSTER: Unless there is a wave of pitcher injuries in Spring Training I would think Shelby Miller will probably begin the season at AAA (or at the ATS, since the start of the AAA season is supposely going to be delayed) where he can get stretched out.