Angels/Cubs Cooperative Effort Can't Stop Calixte

Orlando Calixte collected four hits (three singles and a double), stole two bases, scored a run, drove-in another, and gunned-down a baserunner 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF, Andrew Miller drilled an RBI double and a single and scored two runs, and RHRP Torey Deshazier retired all six men he faced to record the save, as the Royals rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Angels/Cubs co-op squad 8-6 in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Andrew Daniel (Angels) ripped a two-run double and a single and scored a run and Jeffrey Baez (Cubs) singled twice, stole a base, scored a run, knocked-in another, and nailed a baserunner 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF for the Angels/Cubs squad in a losing cause. 

Cubs #1 pitching prospect RHP Duane Underwood got the start for the Angels/Cubs and worked five innings (68 pitches - 74% strikes), allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits (four singles and a double), with no walks, three strikeouts, and an 8/2 GO/AO. In his first advanced instructs start last Monday (also versus the Royals), Underwood threw four innings of no run/no hit ball, with two walks and five strikeouts. 

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

1a. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
1b. Austin Bailey, PH-2B: 0-3 (E-6, K, 3-U, R)
2a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
2b. Humberto Arteaga, PH-SS: 0-1 (BB, HBP, 6-3, CS)
3a. Jorge Bonifacio, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, P-6, 1B, R, RBI)
3b. Cam Gallagher, PH: 0-0 (BB)
4a. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 1-2 (3-1, 2B, R)
4b. Samir Duenez, PH-1B: 0-0 (BB, F-8 SF, R, 2 RBI)
5. Hunter Dozier, DH #2: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, BB, F-9) 
6. Orlando Calixte, RF-3B: 4-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SB)
7a. Wander Franco, 3B: 1-2 (1B, 3-U) 
7b. Elier Hernandez, PH-RF: 0-1 (F-9 SF, F-8, RBI)
8a. Chase Vallot, C: 0-2 (K, E-6)
8b. Chad Johnson, PH-C: 0-2 (P-5, K)
9. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 2B, 6-3, R, PO)
10. Andrew Miller, CF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 2B, L-9, 2 R, RBI)

1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-5 (P-4, 1B, F-8, 1B, P-4, R, RBI, SB)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 2-5 (K, 1B, F-8, 1B, 6-3)
3a. Victor Caratini, C: 0-2 (6-3, F-9, BB)
3b. Michael Strentz, C: 0-1 (BB, K, R)
4a. Zach Houchins, DH: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B)
4b. Bo Way, PR: NO AB (R, PO) 
NOTE: Way pinch-ran for Houchins in bottom of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th innings 
4c. Natanael Delgado, PH-DH: 0-2 (P-2, F-9)
5. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, F-8, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
6. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-4 (1-3, 4-3, F-8, 3-1, 2 RBI)
7. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (1B, 3-U, P-6, K, R)
8. Wade Wass, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, 5-3, RBI)
9. Kody Eaves, SS: 1-3 (1B, BB, 4-3, 4-3)

1. Eric Skoglund: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 4/3 GO/AO, 58 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Matt Tenuta: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/5 GO/AO, 39 pitches (20 strikes) 
3. Eric Stout: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes) 
4. Torey Deshazier: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 

1. Duane Underwood Jr: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GO/AO, 68 pitches (50 strikes)
2. Jordan Minch: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (14 strikes)
3. James Pugliese: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/4 GO/AO, 28 pitches (14 strikes) 
4. Michael Jensen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Steve Perakslis: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 6 pitches (3 strikes) 


1. SS Kody Eaves - E-6 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed runner to score from 3rd) 
2. SS Kody Eaves - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. SS Kody Eaves - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Chase Vallot: 1 PB
2. Chad Johnson: 0-1 CS 

1. Victor Caratini: 0-1 CS. 1 PO
2. Michael Strentz: 1-2 CS

RF Orlando Calixte threw out baserunner (Kody Eaves) attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF

RF Jeffrey Baez threw-out baserunner (Orlando Calixte) attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF 

WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and a bit breezy, with temperatures 90+ 



Thanks for the update on Underwood.

68 pitches (50 strikes) love seeing that...especially with the batters doing very little with it.

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    Good. Suck it Mets


  • crunch 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    mets fail to sign k.rocker.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 15 min ago (view)

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  • Charlie 12 hours 26 min ago (view)

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 34 min ago (view)

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    I think part of it was the hunger mostly vanished after the title and things needed to be switched up to kick people in the ass a tad. Add a level of being hamstrung by Heyward deal, no one coming up to replace the lost farm system talent or aging players, no one but Rizzo and Hendricks signing extensions, and here we are


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  • Cubster 13 hours 1 min ago (view)

    The Chicago Ortegas


  • crunch 13 hours 1 min ago (view)


    who though we'd have "the ortega game" today?  alright, then.


  • Cubster 13 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Rizzo leading off for Yanks today


  • crunch 13 hours 26 min ago (view)

    the cubs had years of 1st round picks gained by tanking do well and they got very lucky with the arrietta/strop trade.  strop is especially underappreciated in that trade.  theo obviously wanted rizzo badly, and made the right call there.  hendricks was a complex back/forth trade because of player injuries, but at the end of the day the cubs wanted hendricks and they made the right call there, too.

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  • Cubster 14 hours 14 min ago (view)

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