RockHounds Uncover Victory at Sloan Park

Tyler Ramirez singled, doubled, and scored a run, and Mickey McDonald ripped a two run triple, walked, and scored, leading the Midland RockHounds (AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) to a 6-4 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Andy Weber collected three singles, stole two bases, drove-in a run, and scored another for the Cubs in a losing cause. Weber was just recently sent to Cubs Minor League Camp in Mesa from the Cubs Alternate Training Site in South Bend.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Christian Donahue, 2B: 1-3 (K, 2B, K, R)
1b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
2a. Connor Myers, RF: 1-2 (1B, K, F-8 SF, RBI)
2b. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-0 (BB) 
3a. Andy Weber, SS: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, 2 SB) 
3b. Tyler Payne, C: 0-1 (L-8)
4a. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, 5-3)
4b. Zach Davis, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI)
5. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-4 (K, P-5, 2B, F-8, RBI)
6. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-4 (1B, 3-1, E-5, 3-U) 
7. Jared Young, DH-LF: 0-3 (F-7, K, BB, 4-3)
8a. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (BB, E-6, R, CS)
8b. Levi Jordan, SS: 0-2 (K, L-8) 
9a. Vance Vizcaino, LF-DH: 1-2 (3-U, 1B, 6-4 FC, SB) 
9b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K)  

1. Matt Swarmer: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Scott Effross: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (14 strikes) 
3. Trevor Kelley: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Dakota Mekkes: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Wyatt Short: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
6. Ryan Lawlor: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 21 pitches (12 strikes) 
7. Ethan Roberts: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

CF Zach Davis: E-8 (missed catch on line drive to CF allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Erick Castillo: 1 PO 
2. Tyler Payne: 0-2 CS


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

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  • Arizona Phil 8 min 15 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer (ex-MIA) from Kansas City (American Association) and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 


  • crunch 2 hours 19 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 4 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 4 hours 18 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now.