Cubs Loosen Lugnuts at Sloan Park

Luis Vazquez clubbed an opposite-field HR onto the right-centerfield berm on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, Luis Verdugo blasted a solo HR and singled, and Fidel Mejia laced a two-run double, leading the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 5-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (Oakland Athletics' Hi-A affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Saturday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Marty Bechina belted a solo HR for the Lugnuts in a losing cause. 

The game was called after six innings of play. 

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

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:  
1a. Luis Vazquez, 3B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
1b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-2 (2B, K, 2 RBI)
2a. Bryce Windham, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
2b. Caleb Knight, C: 0-1 (FC) 
3a. D. J. Wilson, RF: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 6-3) 
3b. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-1 (K) 
4a. Cole Roederer, LF: 0-2 (6-4 FC, L-4)
4b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-1 (P-6)
5a. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 0-1 (6-3 BB) 
5b. Scott McKeon, 2B: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
6. Nelson Maldonado, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 4-6-3 DP, K)
7. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-3 (1B, HR, 5-3, R, RBI)
8. Nelson Velazquez, CF-DH: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, BB, K, R)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, DH-CF: 1-3 (F-9, 2B, K, R)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Cam Sanders: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Brandon Hughes: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Matteo Bocchi: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Infielders Ed Howard IV, Fabian Pertuz, Ryan Reynolds, and Yeison Santana, 1B Grayson Byrd, and OF Darius Hill  have been moved down to the Myrtle Beach (Lo-A) squad from the South Bend (Hi-A) squad at Minor League Camp. 

Phil, what are your thoughts on the newbies coming our way in the Darvish trade? Thanks.

Hi Phil, are they letting you into Sloan?  Great to see your write-ups!! 

The Cubs minor leaguers are not playing games against other organizations every day because it's kind of a hassle what with all of the CoViD protocols, so the Cubs have been playing a lot of intrasquad / sim games. 

Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.

he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout.  nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.

He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.  

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  • Hagsag 10 hours 24 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 14 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2

     

  • Cubster 18 hours 15 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 19 hours 44 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 47 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 20 hours 7 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.

     

  • tim815 20 hours 42 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 22 hours 33 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 23 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Thanks!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours 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 1 day 5 hours 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 18 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 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 19 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 19 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 21 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.