Cubs Cooperate with Angels to Edge Snakes at Diablo
Shawon Dunston Jr (Cubs) and Natanael Delgado (Angels) stroked consecutive two-out run-scoring singles to highlight a three-run 1st inning, as the Angels/Cubs co-op team edged the Diamondbacks 5-4 in Opening Day Arizona Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon at Diablo Stadium Complex Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.
The game was called by mutual agreement after 6-1/2 innings of play.
Austin Byler and Gabriel Guerrero (Vladimir's nephew) belted solo home runs and 2015 1st overall draft pick Dansby Swanson plated a run with a sacrifice fly for the Diamondbacks in a losing cause.
The Angels/Cubs roughed-up Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley, as the D'backs top pitching prospect allowed four runs on six hits and a walk (and two WP) in just 1.1 IP.
Cubs LHP Eric Jokisch (staying in shape for a possible call-up to Chicago) got the start for the Angels/Cubs squad, allowing three runs on six hits (four singles, a triple, and a home run) in 6.1 IP (70 pitches - 51 strikes), with three strikeouts (all three swinging), no walks, one nifty pick-off at 1st base, and an impressive 10/3 GO/AO (including two timely DP grounders).
Taylor Teagarden caught the game for the Angels/Cubs, but did not take an AB. Like Jokisch, Teagarden is staying in shape in Arizona while awaiting a possible call-up to Chicago.
Johnny Giavotella (on LAA 15-day since 8/20 with nerve palsy that has caused "double-vision") played 2B and led-off for the Angels/Cubs, going 1-4 at the plate (a single and a run scored). Barring a medical setback, Giavotella is expected to be reinstated from the DL and rejoin the Angels this coming weekend.
The Arizona "Advanced" Instructional League is sort of a junior AFL, with older players than you would normally find at "basic" instructs. Among other things, "advanced" instructs provides a platform for MLB players (like Angels 2B Johnny Giavotella) who are rehabbing from an injury or illness (the minor league season is over, so it is no longer possible to send players on a conventional minor league rehab assignment), and playing time for players staying in game shape (like Eric Jokisch and Taylor Teagarden) pending a possible call-up to the big leagues prior to the concluision of the MLB regular season or during the post-season and for more-advanced prospects who were unable to find placement on an AFL roster. (The Angels/Cubs co-op "advanced" iInstructs squad is where injured Cubs reliever Jason Motte will likely go if and when he is cleared to throw off a mound).
There are only five "advanced" AZIL teams: Cubs/Angels (co-op), Diamondbacks, Rangers, Reds, and Royals. There are two advanced AZIL games scheduled every day, and so each advanced AZIL team gets a bye every fifth day (just like the AZL).
All of the organizations with teams in "advanced" AZIL (except the Cubs) also field teams in the basic (traditional) AZIL. The traditional AZIL features 16 teams, including two Mariners squads ("white" and "blue") and one KBO team (SK Wyverns). There were two Korean teams in traditional AZIL the previous couple or three years, but the NC Dinos aren't sending players to Arizona this year.
Also, the Royals will be extending their Instructs a week or two beyond when the other teams are done, and so the AZIL Royals have scheduled games against local JC and college teams after everybody else has finished up and gone home.
Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold & underlined)
1a. Colin Bray, CF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
1b. Zach Nehrir, PH-CF: 1-1 (1B)
2. Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-2 (4-3, L-8 SF, 6-4-3 DP, RBI)
3. Henry Castillo, DH: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, 6-3)
4. Austin Byler, 1B: 2-3 (HR, 1B, 4-3, R, RBI, PO)
5. Gabriel Guerrero, RF: 2-3 (K, 1B, HR, R, RBI)
6a. Grant Heyman, LF: 0-2 (5-3, 5-4-3 DP)
6b. Victor Reyes, LF: 0-0 (BB, SB)
7a. Domingo Leyba, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
7b. Sergio Alcantara, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
8a. Jose Munoz, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K, R)
8b. Dawel Lugo, 3B: 0-1 (P-3)
9a. Stryker Trahan, C: 1-2 (3B, L-6, R, RBI)
9b. Jose Herrera, C: NO AB
1. Johnny Giavotella: 2B: 1-4 (6-3, P-3, F-8, 1B, R)
2. Victor Caratini, DH #1: 1-1 (1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST THREE TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Chesny Young, SS: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, K, 6-3, R, SB)
4. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, L-7, 4-3, R)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (1B, E-5, 3-1, R, RBI)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
7. Natanael Delgado, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-7, RBI)
8. Rashad Crawford, LF: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, 3-6 FC)
9a. Michael Strentz, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, BB)
9b. Kody Eaves, PH: 0-1 (L-9)
10. Bo Way, CF: 0-3 (4-6 FC, K, 1-3)
11. Taylor Teagarden, C: NO AB
NOTE: PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY
1. Archie Bradley: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 45 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Mason McCullough: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Keegan Long: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Steve Hathaway: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Myles Smith: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
1. Eric Jokisch: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2 GIDP, 10/3 GO/AO, 70 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Matt Brazis: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
DIAMONDBACKS ERRORS: 2
1. C Stryker Trahan: E-2 (throwing error after RBI single allowed batter to advance from 1st base to 2nd)
2. 3B Jose Munoz: E-5 (two base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE
DIAMONDBACKS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Stryker Trahan: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Taylor Teagarden: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
ATTENDANCE: 27 (mostly scouts)
2015 ANGELS/CUBS CO-OP ADVANCED AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER
37 players (15 LAA/22 CUBS)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Victor Alcantara (LAA)
Paul Blackburn (CUBS)
Matt Brazis (CUBS)
Tyler Carpenter (LAA)
David Garner (CUBS - thru 10/10)
Joe Gatto (LAA)
* Ronnie Glenn (LAA)
Michael Jensen (CUBS)
* Eric Jokisch (CUBS)
* Jordan Minch (CUBS)
Garrett Nuss (LAA)
Steve Perakslis (CUBS)
Eduardo Paredes (LAA)
James Pugliese (CUBS)
Tayler Scott (CUBS)
Tyler Skulina (CUBS)
Duane Underwood Jr (CUBS)
* Rob Zastryzny (CUBS - thru 10/10)
Cael Brockmeyer (CUBS - thru 10/10)
# Victor Caratini (CUBS)
Michael Strentz (LAA)
Taylor Teagarden (CUBS)
Wade Wass (LAA)
* Kody Eaves (LAA)
Andrew Daniel (LAA)
Johnny Giavotella (LAA) - MLB DL REHAB
Zach Houchins (LAA)
Gleyber Torres (CUBS)
* Dan Vogelbach (CUBS)
Chesny Young (CUBS)
* Alex Abbott (LAA)
Jeffrey Baez (CUBS)
Charcer Burks (CUBS)
* Rashad Crawford (CUBS)
* Natanael Delgado (LAA)
* Shawon Dunston Jr (CUBS)
* Bo Way (LAA)
AZL Cubs manager Carmelo Martinez is seving as co-manager of the Angels/Cubs co-op squad, and Cubs minor league coaches Mike Mason, Guillermo Martinez, and Leo Perez are also on-board.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 3 min ago (view)
VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously).
Arizona Phil 17 hours 18 min ago (view)
Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago.
videographer 20 hours 17 min ago (view)
Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago. Too bad he didn't pan out. Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.
tim815 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez.
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
it screws up stats. i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.
it also makes historical comparisons difficult.
the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high. what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.
I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.
Wrigley Rat 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...
crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.
watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough. he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.
crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...
he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse. that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.
crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
this shane bieber guy kinda sucks. 1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.
i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.
...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.
George Altman 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period.
Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.
SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.
It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.