AZL Cubs Five-Run 8th Tops AZL Brewers at Riverview

18-year old power-hitting C-1B Kevin Zamudio (2015 IFA - Tijuana, Mexico) slugged a two-run home run over the LF fence to put the Cubs on the scoreboard and speedy Luis Ayala belted a three-run inside-the-park home run into the right-centerfield alley two outs later, as the AZL Cubs rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the 8th and defeat the AZL Brewers 5-3 in Arizona League (AZL) Opening Day action Monday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

AZL Cubs LHP Yapson Gomez hurled three innings of perfect baseball in relief and picked-up the win. 

Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS) pitched the first inning for the AZL Cubs (14 pitches - 10 strikes), allowing no runs and a single, with a strikeout and 1/1 GO/AO. 

19-year old RHP Erling Moreno (2013 IFA - Colombia - $650K signing bonus) was the scheduled starter for the AZL Cubs, but he ended-up piggy-backing the rehabber (Crow). Moreno worked five innings (77 pitches) and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits (five singles and a double), no walks, and an HBP, with three strikeouts and an 8/3 GO/AO.  

Brew Crew SP Nash Walters (Brewers 2015 3rd round pick - Lindale HS - Lindale, TX) threw four innings of one-hit shutout ball with six strikeouts and Nicolas Pierre drove-in all three AZL Brewers runs with a third-inning sacrifice fly and a fifth-inning two-run double.  

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

AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, RF: 3-5 (K, K, 1B, 1B, HR, R, 3 RBI)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 0-5 (F-8, 1-3, F-8, K, P-4)
3. Jhony Bethencourt, SS: 0-2 (6-3, BB, BB, 4-3, SB)
4. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 2-4 (K, 1B, L-9, 1B, R)
5. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-4 (F-8, K, K, HR, R, 2 RBI)
6. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)
7. Jhonny Pereda, C:  0-4 (P-6, F-7, E-6, 6-3, SB)
8. Yohan Matos, LF: 1-3 (E-6, BB, K, 1B, R, SB)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (4-3, 1-3 SH, 1B, BB, R)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikers)
2. Erling Moreno: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 8/3 GO/AO, 77 pitches (50 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 6/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (22 strikes)

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 2v 
1. 3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 22 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures 110+ 

Comments

Rough way to start the season for Mejia: 0-4, 4 K's and two throwing errors. No where to go but up from here. In Ian Happ's first two games for the Pelicans he was a combined 0-8, 4 K's and three errors (2 throwing 1 fielding). Things have improved considerably since then.

Eloy Jiminez heads to the MW League A/S break leading the league in 2B, SLG and OPS. Would like to see a few more walks (.341/.379 slash), but he's looking good.

In the Midwest League all-star game yesterday (Tuesday), Eloy hit a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth. A few batters later they took a one-run lead that held up. Gleyber needs a better second half to keep up with Eloy in the race for #1 Cub prospect.

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 17 min ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!

     

  • Mornington Crescent 3 days 37 min ago (view)

    They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.

     

  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.

    marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.

     

  • crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).

    billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.

     

  • Mike Wellman 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Could have an option year remaining.  Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.

     

  • CubbyBlue 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    SERIOUSLY!

     

  • CTSteve 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    It was time. 

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Love it Jackstraw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed OF Cameron Maybin to a 2021 minor league contract.

    Because he was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2020, he gets the automatic $100K retention bonus and June 1st player opt-out if he is not released or added to the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day.