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
Cubster 4 hours 30 min ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 16 hours 49 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 20 hours 16 min ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 20 hours 53 min ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 21 hours 1 min ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 21 hours 18 min ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 21 hours 23 min ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.
Cubster 21 hours 29 min ago (view)
On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.
Eric S 22 hours 56 min ago (view)
Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here: https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...
Eric S 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson.
Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again. Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season
BobbyD 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius?
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet. let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
"Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday. Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.
he sat out today with lower back tightness.
BobbyD 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.