Stranded in Diablo

Ian Rice (representing the tying run) laced a triple into the right-centerfield alley with one out in the bottom of the 9th, but closer Alex Massey induced Donnie Dewees and Julio Garcia to ground out and leave the runner stranded at 3rd, as the Royals survived the threat and edged the Angels/Cubs co-op team 2-1 in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action Thursday aftenoon at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ. 

Amalani Fukofuka singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run for the Royals, and Donnie Dewees singled twice and stole a base for the Angels/Cubs.

There just wasn't much offense in the game (only ten hits total combined between the two teams). 

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

ROYALS LINEUP
1a. Nicky Lopez, SS: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, F-8, R)
1b. Marten Gasparini, SS: 0-1 (K) 
2. D. J. Burt, DH #1: 0-3 (1-3 SH, F-9, P-3, F-7) 
3. Elier Hernandez, DH-RF: 0-3 (F-7, BB, L-7, F-7) 
4a. Chase Vallot, C-DH: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, SB) 
4b. Meibrys Viloria, PH: 1-1 (1B) 
5a. Emmanuel Rivera, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 4-6 FC, K, RBI)
5b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
6. Chris DeVito, 1B-DH: 0-3 (K, L-8, BB, K)
7a. Amalani Fukofuka, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, SB)
7b. Roman Collins, PH-1B: 0-2 (K, F-7) 
8. Ben Johnson, LF: 0-3 (5-3, BB, 6=3 FC, F-8)
9a. Rudy Martin, CF: 0-2 (E-7, K, SB)
9b. Brandon Downes, CF: 0-1 (F-9)
10. Xavier Fernandez, DH-C: 0-3 (6-3, K, K, RBI)
11. Cheslor Cuthbert, 2B: NO AB - PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY 

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 4-3, 4-3, SB)
2a. Hutton Moyer, SS: 0-2 (K, L-8)
2b. Julio Garcia, SS: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
3a. Matt Thaiss, 1B: 0-2 (L-4, P-6)
3b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-1 (P-5)
4. Eddy Julio Martinez, LF: 0-3 (K, F-8, P-3)
5a. Brendon Sanger, RF: 1-2 (2B, F-7, R)
5b. Derek Jenkins, RF: 0-1 (4-3) 
6. P. J. Higgins, DH #1: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, P-3, RBI)
7. Jason Vosler, 3B: 1-3 (P-5, 3-6-3 DP, 1B)
8. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 4-3)
9. Jose Briceno, C: 0-3 (K, F-9, L-6)
10. Ian Rice, DH #2: 1-3 (K, F-9, 3B) 

ROYALS PITCHERS
1. Pedro Fernandez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Jonathan Dziedzic: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Andrew Edwards: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)  
4. Yunior Marte: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Alex Massey: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (18 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Joe Gatto: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Greg Belton: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Nathaniel Bertness: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Samil de los Santos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (19 strikes) 
5. Andrew Vinson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes) 

ROYALS ERRORS: NONE 

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS
LF Eddy Julio Martinez: E-7 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely)  

ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Chase Vallot: 0-1 CS 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jose Briceno: 0-3 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 58 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

sliding off the base replays are kind of dumb

home runs are neat.

I feel a little bad for Porcello right now.

as much as I don't believe in their pitching, I don't want to face their bats especially in Fenway.

anyway Cleveland vs. Cubs World Series would be rather poetic.

in case you forgot

@Buster_ESPN ELIAS: Teams that win Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series go on to win the series 70.0 percent of the time (84 of 120).

Francona goes to A. Miller in the top of the 5th with 2 outs...dude gets it

and now that I praised it, it will certainly not work out for Indians.

6 solo HR tonight in BOS/CLE...crazy 4-5 game. 4 playoff games, 3 have been fun as hell. also, CLE bullpen is it's own special level of hell for batters. they all got their shit together and in tune after the AS break, and then a.miller came along to compliment it. deadly.