Brett Anderson Shines under the Lights as AZL Cubs Unload on AZL Giants

Kevin Zamudio collected four RBI (a three-run HR and a bases-loaded walk), Marcus Mastrobuoni singled, doubled, tripled, scored a run, and drove-in another, Jemile Weeks (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL - sprained knee) singled and doubled and scored two runs, and LHSP Brett Anderson (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL - lower back strain) hurled four innings of shutout ball (83% strikes, 7/2 GO/AO, three hits, three strikeouts, and no walks), as the AZL Cubs demolished the AZL Giants 10-4 in AZL pre-season mini-camp game action Tuesday evening on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The AZL Cubs drew ten walks in the game, including three by Jose Gutierrez.  

Brett Anderson was so efficient with his pitches that he went to the bullpen and threw an additional 15 pitches after he completed his four innings of work (he needed only 46 pitches to get through his four innings). 

RHP Jose Albertos followed Anderson to the hill and inadvertently got in the way of a throw from catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni after a WP. (Mastrobuoni pounced on the bounding ball and made a "no look" throw to 2nd base). Albertos was struck on the right elbow or forearm while standing on the mound after delivering the pitch (a fastball "spiked" into the dirt in front of home plate), and while he was initially able to continue, his outing was ultimately cut-short. 

The AZL Cubs will begin "official" AZL league play this coming Saturday.  

The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game could get their work. 

About a dozen Cub "recruits" from the recent MLB First-Year Player Draft watched the game from the third-base side bleachers.  

LHSP Brailyn Marquez (45 pitches) and RHRP Jose Leidenz (30 pitches) threw "live" BP on Field #1 prior to the game. 

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

1. Jemile Weeks, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 2B, F-7 DP, 2 R)
2. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, BB, 2 R) 
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 6-3 DP, BB, 2B, 2 R)
4. Kevin Zamudio, C-DH: 1-2 (HR, P-5, BB, R, 4 RBI)
5. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (K, K, BB, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, 1B-C: 3-4 (3B, 1B, K, 2B, R, RBI)
7a. Rafael Mejia, LF: 1-2 (K, 3B, R, RBI)
7b. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-2 (5-3 DP, K)
8. Yovanny Cuevas, DH #1: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, BB, RBI)
9. Carlos Diaz, DH-1B: 1-2 (1B, BB, K, HBP)
10. Richard Nunez, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, HBP) 
11a. Delvin Zinn, 3B: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, K)
11b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-1 (BB, K) 

1. Brett Anderson: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 7/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (38 strikes) 
2. Jose Albertos: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 2 WP, 42 pitches (24 strikes) 
3. Fauris Guerrero: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
4  Jose MacDonna: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches (10 strikes) 

1. SS Jemile Weeks: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Yonathan Perlaza: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 2B Yonathan Perlaza: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Kevin Zamudio: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Clear with temperatures 115+ 


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



Phil, can you tell us who the recruits were?

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 33 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 20 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 23 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!


  • Mornington Crescent 3 days 53 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 22 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)



  • 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.