Brewers Pitching Magnifico at Maryvale
Mitch Haniger belted a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the 4th to break a scoreless tie, and four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Brewers blanked the Cubs 3-0 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park Field #7 (AKA “Paul Molitor Field”) in Phoenix.
All four of the Brew Crew pitchers threw the ball well, but the most eye-popping outing of the day was turned-in by RHP Damien Magnifico (Milwaukee's 2012 5th round draft pick out of the U. of Oklahoma), who wowed the dozen-plus scouts in attendance (and Cub hitters) with a fastball that topped-out at 100 MPH.
Cubs pitchers were also imprsssive, allowing just four hits and one walk.
RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua had an especially efficient outing (13 pitches - 11 strikes in 1.2 IP), marred only by a bunt single that was essentially turned into an inside-the-park HR thanks to a three-base throwing error by catcher Wilson Contreras. It was clearly a hit with no play, but that didn’t stop Contreras from picking up the ball and firing it over the head of 6’5 Cub 1st baseman Jacob Rogers and into the RF corner, allowing speedy Angel Ortega to round the bases and score the Brewers third run of the day. (The Brewers second run was equally “scratchy,” a lead-off bunt single followed by a stolen base, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly).
The Cubs drew six more walks today, bringing their four-game BB total to 26. But they also could muster only four hits (all singles), and left 10 men stranded on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the 9th.
It probably didn’t help the Cub cause that Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach, and Chadd Krist did not make the trip to Maryvale. It was their turn to remain at Fitch Park and participate in an Instructional “Camp Day.” (Each of the position players have a “Camp Day” once a week where they do not play in the game that day, instead receiving one-on-one instruction in various phases of the game with the camp’s instructors).
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Arismendy Alcantara, DH #1: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 1B, K, K)
3a. Ben Carhart, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 5-4 FC, 4-3)
3b. Lance Rymel, PH: 0-0 (BB)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, BB)
5a. Rafael Lopez, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-U FC)
5b. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-1 (1B, HBP)
6a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
6b. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
7a. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
7b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (P-6)
7c. Justin Marra, PH: 0-1 (K)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 5-3, F-8)
9a. David Bote, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
9b. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (P-4)
10a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB)
10b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-1 (1B, SB)
1. Paul Blackburn: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 32 pitches (21 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 33 pitches (22 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 33 pitches (20 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
4. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (11 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (4):
1. 2B David Bote - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Rafael Lopez - E-2 (dropped pop-up in fair territory allowing batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Stephen Bruno - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. C Wilson Contreras - E-2 (three-base error on overthrow at 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to score unearned run)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Rafael Lopez: 1 E (see above)
2. Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and a bit breezy, with temperatures in the upper-90’s
ATTENDANCE: 22 (mostly scouts)
Arizona Phil 10 hours 10 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 10 hours 25 min ago (view)
Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago.
videographer 13 hours 25 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 5 hours ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 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 8 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 9 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 12 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 12 hours ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 1 day 13 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 15 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 2 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 8 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 9 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 11 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 12 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.