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): 

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 

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) 

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) 

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) 


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

Chase Vallot: 0-1 CS 

Jose Briceno: 0-3 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


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.

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  • crunch 7 hours 35 min ago (view)


    875K if he makes the team with 600K in performance bonuses possible.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Shelby Miller...? Really?


  • crunch 14 hours 46 min ago (view)

    i like the cubs odds on this one.


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    Ian Happ arbitration figures are $4.1M (player) and $3.25M (club) with hearing date TBD. 


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    * all figures stated are in a range of +/- 10m

    yeah, that was me not typing info correctly.  my bad.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Bryant got $19.5M 


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 


  • K Dub 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!


  • crunch 3 days 12 hours ago (view)

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    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.


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  • K Dub 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...


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    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.


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    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?


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    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal.