Rangers Late Long Ball Rally Procures Tie at Riverview

Jonah McReynolds and Yeyson Yrizarri drilled run-scoring doubles to highlight a four-run 7th, Willy Diaz belted a three-run home run with two outs in the 8th, and Jairo Beras crushed a two-run HR to cap a three-run 9th, as the Rangers rallied for ten runs over the final three innings to tie the Angels/Cubs co-op team 11-11 in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action Friday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Christian Villanueva (acquired by the Cubs along with Kyle Hendricks from the Texas Rangers for Ryan Dempster in 2012) knocked-in five runs with an RBI double off the LF fence in the 3rd and a monster grand slam HR over the left-centerfield fence in the 8th and Angels 2016 1st round draft pick Matt Thaiss (sacrifice fly in the 1st and RBI single in the 3rd) and Brendon Sanger (two-out two-run single in the 5th) drove-in two runs a piece to provide the lion's share of run production for the Angels/Cubs squad.

Ex-Cub minor league INF Frandy de la Rosa (traded to Texas for RHRP Spencer Patton last November) entered the game at 3B in the bottom of the 6th and reached base all three times he batted (two walks and a single) and scored two runs for the Rangers.

The Rangers scored five unearned runs in the game thanks to five costly errors by the Angels/Cubs (including three errors by first-baseman Alberto Mineo in the top of the 9th). 

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

1. Eric Jenkins, CF: 1-4 (4-3, F-9, 3-U, F-9 SF, 1B, R, RBI)
2. Yeyson Yrizarri, SS: 1-4 (4-3, F-7, BB, 2B, E-3, R, RBI)
3a. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, C: 0-2 (P-5, 4-3)
3b. Joe Jackson, PH-C: 0-3 (4-3, K, 3-U)
4. Jairo Beras, RF: 1-4 (L-5, K, BB, K, HR, R, 2 RBI, CS)
5a. Ti'Quan Forbes, 3B: 1-2 (F-7, 3B)
5b. Frandy de la Rosa, 3B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, 2 R)
6a. Ledarious Clark, LF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
6b. Kobie Taylor, LF: 1-3 (E-5, 1B, K, 2 R)
7a. Luis Mendez, DH: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K)
7b. Seth Spivey, PH: 0-1 (K)
8. Willy Diaz, 1B: 1-3 (K, 5-3, HBP, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
9a. Charles Leblanc, 2B: 0-2 (P-4, K)
9b. Jonah McReynolds, 2B: 1-2 (2B, L-6, R, 2 RBI)

1. Donnie Dewees, LF: 0-4 (4-3, 4-6 FC, 4-3, 1-3, BB, R)
2a. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-3 (2B, E-6, 3-1, 2 R)
2b. Keith Grieshaber, 2B:  1-1 (2B, HBP, RBI, R)
3. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 2-4 (BB, 2B, 6-3, F-8, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI)
4a. Matt Thaiss, 1B: 2-2 (F-7 SF, 1B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
4b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, K)
5a. P. J. Higgins, DH: 1-3 (6-4 FC, K, 2B, R) 
5b. Ian Rice, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
6a. Brendon Sanger, RF: 1-3 (F-9, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
6b. Zach Gibbons, RF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B)
7. Hutton Moyer, SS: 2-5 (1-3, F-7, P-4, 2B, 1B, R, CS)
8. Eddy Julio Martinez, CF: 1-4 (BB, 5-3, F-7, 1B, K, R, RBI)
9. Jose Briceno, C: 2-5 (1B, K, 2B, 5-3, P-4, R)

1. Reid Anderson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (17 strikes) 
2. Cody Palmquist: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Yonelvy Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (27 strikes) 
4. Peter Fairchild: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 4/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (20 strikes) 
5. Domingo Pena: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 

1. Justin Anderson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Grayson Long: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Joe Gatto: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 6/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Aaron Cox: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Andrew Vinson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
6. Samil de los Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR,  1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes) 

SS Yeyson Yrizarri: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. 3B Christian Villanueva: E-5 (missed catch on tag play at 3rd base allowed runner to score)  
2. 3B Christian Villanueva: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 1B Alberto Mineo: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. 1B Alberto Mineo: E-3 (throwing error on same play as the E-3 fielding error allowed runner to score from 3rd base)
5. 1B Alberto Mineo: E-3 (throwing error at 2nd base after 3-U put-out allowed runner to advance to 3rd)   

Joe Jackson: 1-1 CS 

Jose Briceno: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 9 (mostly scouts) 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 

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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: That's correct.

    Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper. 


  • jdrnym 7 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.


  • crunch 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    "Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.

    It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."

    ...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.

    So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023. 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 40 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday). 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 56 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem. 

    If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed. 

    If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.


  • crunch 20 hours 13 min ago (view)

    kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.

    she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.

    I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze. 

    Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day. 


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.

    backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners.  i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core.  NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...


  • Sonicwind75 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Stroman, a pleasant surprise.  Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.



  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA. 

    On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two." 


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.

    OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix.  fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group...  even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.