Underwood Hurls Blanks at Royals at Riverview

Victor Caratini (Cubs) ripped an opposite-field two-out triple into the rightfield corner, Dan Vogelbach (Cubs) followed with an RBI double down the RF line to knock-in Caratini, and Andrew Daniel (Angels) drove-in Vogelbach from 2nd with an RBI ground single to center to open the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning, and Cubs top pitching prospect RHP Duane Underwood Jr hurled four innings of no run/no hit ball with five strikeouts and combined with four Cub relievers to toss a three hitter, as the Angels/Cubs co-op squad defeated the Royals 4-1 in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The Royals were held hitless through the first six innings of the game, before Austin Bailey lined a single to center off Rob Zastryzny leading off the top of the 7th. 

Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined) 

1a. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (P-5, 2-3) 
1b. Austin Bailey, 2B: 1-2 (1B, 1-3)
2a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 0-2 (K, K) 
2b. Humberto Arteaga, SS: 0-2 (4-6 FC, 6-3)
3a. Orlando Calixte, 3B: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
3b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-1 (L-8)
4a. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 0-2 (L-9, F-7)
4b. Samir Duenez, 1B: 0-1 (F-7)
5. Elier Hernandez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B, R)
6. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 4-3, 1B)
7a. Anderson Miller, CF: 0-2 (P-4, 4-3)
7b. Amalani Fukofuka, CF: 0-1 (5-3)
8a. Chad Johnson, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8b. Xavier Fernandez, C: 0-1 (5-3, RBI)
9. Cam Gallagher, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
10. Chase Vallot, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, F-8, K)

X-1 Wade Wass, DH-C: 1-3 (K, BB, F-9, 2B, RBI) 
NOTE: Wass batted third in bottom of the 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 8th innings) 
X-2 Bo Way, PR: NO AB (R, 2 SB, CS)
NOTE: Way pinch-ran for Wass in bottom of the 5th & 8th innings) 
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (L-9, 5-3, 5-3, 1B, R)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 2-4 (3-1, 1B, 1B, F-8, SB)
3. Victor Caratini, C-DH: 1-2 (3B, 4-3, BB, R)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (2B, F-8, P-6, BB, R, RBI, CS)
5. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-9, F-7, K, RBI)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
7. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-9)
8. Kody Eaves, SS: 0-3 (K, F-8, P-4)

1. Eric Skoglund: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (33 strikes) 
2. Matt Alvarez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Josh Staumont: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes) 
4. Evan Beal: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes)

1. Duane Underwood Jr: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3/4 GO/AO, 62 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
3. Rob Zastryzny: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes) 
4. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Michael Jensen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes) 

C Xavier Fernandez - E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)


1. Chad Johnson: 1-3 CS 
2. Xavier Fernandez: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above) 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures 105+



What happens to the post-season schedule if this game is still going on Thursday?

Oh good, Austin Jackson is up to bat. Said no one ever, except for fans of opposing teams.

Piscotty injured in LF collision http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v5071148...

It seems that catcher is no longer a position of weakness in the Cubs chain.

Pitching on the other hand...

the cubs have e.jokisch and d.beeler on their 40-man...that's just sad on it's own. j.turner should be 100% next year, though he's not really exciting even when healthy. he's most likely the closest quality arm that's MLB-ready in the minors, though. CARL edwards seems like he's a pen guy now because of control and stamina questions. AA/AAA is looking really thin aside from p.johnson and r.williams (assuming underwood isn't going to start in AA...which he may).

My take is Theo made the decision 4 years ago to center the rebuild around position players (e. g. Bryant, Schwarber, Soler, Baez etc.). They've drafted quantity in rounds 2--10, but not any TOR except maybe Underwood being close. To me, this why FA payroll is for Lester, Price, or whoever they can attract.

Beaten TCR dead horse, meet The E-Man...

im still shocked they turned down a chance at a.nola for schwarb (who was not expected to stick at C and quickly move to LF for about 90%+ of the observing world) given the state of the system at the time...though, at the time it was hard to complain about getting one of the best college bats in the draft. schwarb's been good...i'll take it.

Nola has been good also, 6-2 win a 3.59 ERA this season for the Phils. Either pick in hindsight would be a win.

Schwarb adjusting right now to say the least. Average dropping fast last 60 days

Him, Fowler, Russel and Rizzo have all had bad Septembers. Schwarber is still taking walks thankfully and is a sign he'll hopefully pull out of this slump but really need some better hitting out at least a couple of those 4 in the playoffs.

Fowler batting .204 in September, Schwarber hitting .179. Not sure I like Schwarber batting 2nd in the WC game if both remain ice cold for the rest of the season. Addy is hitting .203 in September as well.

Eeek! /Bryant is hitting, right?RIGHT?!?!?

He has a 1.002 OPS in September so yeah been on fire. Montero, Soler, Castro, Coghlan, La Stella all have had decent to good Septembers too.

Coghlan very cold now, though -- I think that now makes him 0 for his last 15 and 2 for his last 27. Yuck.