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



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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 43 sec ago (view)

    BTW, if you haven't read my Roster Rules section lately, it has been updated for 2021 

    One of the most significant changes is that minor league affiliates no longer have individual reserve lists.

    It used to be that the AAA reserve list limit was 38 players, AA was 37, and each single-A affiliate and short-season affiliate was 35 for the entire year including the off-season.  

    Now, there are two reserve lists, one called the "Domestic Reserve List," and the other called the "International Reserve List."


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I know I posted the Kelley and Polanco releases during Minor League Camp and the Kellogg, Katz, and Krzeminski signings about a  week or two ago, but I probably did not post the Snelten release. 


  • videographer 16 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Per Baseball America:  players signed and released over the last two weeks.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    turned into a combined no-hitter.



  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    MRI for marisnick on d/l yet, but it seems likely

    also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

    2y/44m left on that deal...


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

    if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

    might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

    I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

    also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

    hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.


  • Hagsag 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.