Ramos Heat Damages Emeralds at Sloan Park
Fidel Mejia singled, doubled, walked, and scored two runs, Gustavo Polanco singled twice, drove-in a run, and scored a run, Ed Howard IV drilled an RBI double, and Eury Ramos threw two innings of perfect baseball with five strikeouts, leading the South Bend Cubs (now the Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 6-4 victory over the Eugene Emeralds (the San Francisco Giants' new Hi-A affiliate in the Northwest League) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Wednesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
Jacob Gonzalez (son of former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez) clubbed a solo HR for the Ems off converted position player Jerrick Suiter, and then Suiter promptly left the game with an injury (not clear what it was) one pitch into the next batter.
The Eury Ramos 97-99 MPH FB is both electric and dominating, especially when combined with his filthy 88-91 MPH wipe-out SL. The 23-year old Ramos is scheduled to be a minor league 6YFA post-2021 but he has yet to pitch above Lo-A, so look for him to move very quickly in 2021 if he can remain healthy.
Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only)
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, E-5, R, 2 SB)
1b. Darius Hill, LF: 0-2 (K, L-7)
2a. Fabian Pertuz, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3, F-8 SF, RBI)
2b. Yeison Santana, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-2 (P-5, K, BB, R, SB)
3b. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Zac Taylor, RF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
4b. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (5-3)
5a. Fidel Mejia, 3B; 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB, 2 R)
5b. Ryan Reynolds, 3B: 0-1 (K)
6. Caleb Knight, C-DH: 0-4 (L-5, K, K, L-5)
7a. Grayson Byrd, 1B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
7b. Nelson Maldonado, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
8a. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-1 (BB, 1-3)
8b. Ed Howard IV, SS: 1-2 (2B, 6-3, RBI)
9a. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
9b. Jake Washer, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1, Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Derek Casey: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Jerrick Suiter: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (4 strikes)
4. Jose Albertos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Eury Ramos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
3B Fidel Mejia - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Eric S 6 hours 49 min ago (view)
Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2
Cubster 7 hours 50 min ago (view)
With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins.
crunch 9 hours 19 min ago (view)
the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.
Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 22 min ago (view)
I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!
crunch 9 hours 41 min ago (view)
wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.
also davies still sucks.
tim815 10 hours 17 min ago (view)
McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.
bradsbeard 12 hours 7 min ago (view)
On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.
Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate.
First.Pitch.120 13 hours 25 min ago (view)
Arizona Phil 17 hours 58 min ago (view)
Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.
Arizona Phil 19 hours 8 min ago (view)
FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?
First.Pitch.120 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster).
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault).
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
chris clarke could use the work.
brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe. *shrug*
i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.
ggross 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Phil (or anyone else),
Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year? When will the announcements be made? Thanks!