Zagunis Can Do It All at Riverview Park

Mark Zagunis singled twice, doubled, walked, stole a base, drove-in his team's lone run, and threw out a runner at the plate, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #4 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

Although they were outhit, Team Gonzalez took advantage of three errors, six walks, an HBP, and a PB, to edge Team Johnson 2-1 in Game 3 of the "Cubs World Series." Team Johnson now leads the series, two games to one.

Here is the box score from the game:


TEAM GONZALEZ LINEUP:
1a. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (BB, 5-3, F-9, 6-3, R)
1b. Jason Vosler, PH-CF: 1-1 (1B)
2. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (FC+E5, K, 1B, E-6, K, PO)
3. Victor Caratini, 1B-C: 0-3 (F-9 SF, L-7, BB, K, K, RBI)
4a. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, K)
4b. Eloy Jimenez, PH-RF: 0-1 (P-3)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-2 (HBP, BB, K, K, R)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, F-7, 1B, BB, SB)
7. Andrew Ely, DH: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, L-7, 1B)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (L-9, BB, F-7, 6-4 FC)
9a. Jordan Hankins, C-1B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, RBI)
9b. Wladimir Galindo, PH-1B: 0-1 (K)

TEAM JOHNSON LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (P-6, 1B, 3-1)
1b. Charlie White, CF: 0-1 (1-3)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 4-6 FC, 5-3, 1B)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, 2B, 3-U, 3-U, R)
4a. Kyle Schwarber, C: 0-3 (3-U, K, 3-U)
4b. Tyler Alamo, PH-C: 0-1 (K)
5. Mark Zagunis, LF: 3-3 (BB, 1B, 2B, 1B, RBI, SB, CS)
6a. Mark Malave, 1B: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, L-9)
6b. Johan Matos, PH-1B: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-4 (2B, 4-3, L-3, K, PO)
8. Jhonny Pereda, DH: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K)
9a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-1 (BB, K)
9b. Chesny Young, SS: NO AB
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3RD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

TEAM GONZALEZ PITCHERS:
1. Jake Stinnett: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Jeferson Mejia: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 2/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)  
3. Tanner Griggs: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (14 strikes)
4. James Farris: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 29 pitches (20 strikes)
5. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes)

TEAM JOHNSON PITCHERS:
1. Jonathan Martinez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/4 GO/FO, 40 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Oscar de la Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 42 pitches (24 strikes)
4, Ryan Williams: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Carson Sands: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (20 strikes)

TEAM GONZALEZ ERRORS: NONE

TEAM JOHNSON ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Jeimer Candelario - E-5 (errant throw attempting 5-4 FC allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely & advance to 3rd)   
2. C Kyle Schwarber - E-2 (errant throw on attempted pick-off allowed baserunner on 1st base to advance to 2nd)
3. SS Chesny Young - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TEAM GONZALEZ CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jordan Hankins: 0-1 CS
2. Victor Caratini: 1-1 CS

TEAM JOHNSON CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Kyle Schwarber: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Tyler Alamo: 1 PB

TEAM JOHNSON OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Mark Zagunis - threw out baserunner (Andrew Ely) 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line single to left 

ATTENDANCE: 24 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's  

Comments

Phi, do you think that Juan Carlos Paniagua will be protected?

HAGSAG: If MLB had recognized Juan Carlos Paniagua's two seasons in the DSL with the Diamondbacks when he played under a false identity, he would have been eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft post-2013. But because MLB did not recognize those two seasons, he won't be Rule 5 Draft eligible for the first time until post-2015.   

The only way Paniagua could be Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2014 but not post-2013 would be if MLB did not recogzie Paniagua's two seasons with the DSL Diamondbacks (2009-10) when played under a false identity on a "pending" contract, but they do recognize the contract that Paniagua signed with the Yankees in 2011 that was never accepted by MLB and in fact was very quickly voided due to "missing required documentation" (presumably his Dominican birth certificate, which apparently has yet to be found).

It is probably a moot point. I doubt that anyone would even think about keeping him on a MLB 25 man roster in 2015.

more Ned Colletti firing rumors, Rays GM at the front of the line

Juan Carlos Paniagua was throwing consistently 95-96 today and touched 97, but his fastball command was poor and he had problems commanding his secondary stuff, too.

I suspect Paniagua will be in the Tennessee bullpen in 2015, and then the Cubs will need to decide whether or not to roster him after next season. (He turns 25 next April).

Phil, how does Kyle Schwarber look behind the plate?

He looks great! Said someone who's never seen him behind the plate but is an avid kool aid drinker.

My thoughts exactly.

thank god that's settled. i expect him up sometime around may 2015 at the latest if he cubs are going to win 120 games next year rather than 115. cubs should trade welly + 4 or 5 non-top-10 prospects for c.hamels. time to get going on that.

Thrown in Junior Lake while you're at it.

BOB R: Kyle Schwarber has been spending his mornings trying to work out some of the kinks in his receiving mechanics. He really wants to be a big league catcher, so he is a tireless worker. He just needs reps, and it really doesn't matter that much where he gets them (Instructs right now, sim games and/or intrasquad games, Big League Camp in February, Minor League Camp next March, and then either Myrtle Beach or Tennessee after that). 

BTW, the Cubs instructors began to employ an extreme infield defensive shift a couple of days ago against Schwarber, and he has gone 0-6 with two swinging strikeouts and four ground outs to the right side of the infield over his last couple of games when facing the shift. (It appeared that Schwarber was starting to get a bit pull-happy & overly aggressive at the plate at Instructs over the past week or so, after absolutely mauling the ball in "sim" games and "live" BP). This is probably one of the reasons why the Cubs decided to schedule only intrasquad games instead of AZIL games against other organizations, so that they can create & control the match-ups & situations they feel are most beneficial to the player's development. 

Why do I get the strange feeling the new version of Cubs coaching knows what it's doing?

Is that what that feeling is? I just assumed I ate something funny.

It's a highly unfamiliar feeling, and it will affect everyone differently.

Ha ha funny or upset tummy funny?

We aren't quite there yet, but did ANYONE on the planet pick KC / SF for the World Series? Also, lest we forget: Mike Olt.

*burst into inconsolable weeping at mention of the Mighty but Tragic Mike Olt* But *sob* good for those guys.

Tell me how either team in the WS would not benefit with the presence of Mike Olt? WELL.....I'M WAITING!

you laugh, but it's october and having a warm bench seat to come back to after playing is important for the regulars. mike olt is the difference between a good defensive play and a clanker off the glove because an actual baseball player is too cold to concentrate. yeah...

Can I just say that is some grade A top quality Olt comedy. Thanks guys!

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  • First.Pitch.120 6 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I did 3/4 of a PhD in Ames, IA... no need to apologize. That's time that can jade anybody. The best parts of my years there were 1) Cubs on local AM radio (pre cell network streaming) so I could listen to them on a run, and 2) being able to go see the I-cubs whenever I wanted. Was at a game there on July 4, 2007 & I saw a guy sitting 1 section over, a couple rows up and I thought "that looks like Barack Obama". Turns out it was the whole Obama family... Gotta love IA in a pre-caucus year. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 9 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...

     

  • crunch 17 hours 45 min ago (view)

    paul dejong (STL) took out the M in  the "BIG MAC LAND" sign @STL with a big HR...lights went out on the letter and everything.  epic-ish.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECYHA12XoAAyp45?format...

     

  • crunch 17 hours 52 min ago (view)

    i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch

     

  • Cubster 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    And the Brewers are being no hit by Hudson thru 6.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 2 min ago (view)

    never really considered how that might be cool for people used to seeing those midwest fields as an everyday occurance.  in the south-east US you rarely see the vastly massive acerage of farm-against-farm-against-farm-etc...

    also, i spent a good amount of time out in corn fields in ames, iowa in my last job.  everyone wanted to go work the research fields in hawaii, but we always ended up in iowa.

     

  • Sonicwind75 21 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Hey, I'm pretty excited about the Field of Dreams game.  I grew up on a farm in middle of nowhere Iowa and my brother and I spent a lot of time trying to hit baseballs into a corn field.  I'm seriously considering coming back next summer from Texas to go to that game if prices aren't super stupid expensive.  Added bonus, I won't have to listen to A-Rod and Mendoza ignorantly discussing corn and no, you don't eat field corn like you would sweet corn. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.