Vogelbach Walk-Off Sac-Fly Lifts Angels/Cubs over Rangers at Riverview

Dan Vogelbach (Cubs) lifted a fly ball to the warning track in LF with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 9th to score Shawon Dunston Jr (Cubs) from 3rd base with the game-winning run, as the Angels/Cubs co-op squad edged the Rangers 2-1 in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Dunston drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the 9th, stole 2nd base, and advanced to 3rd on a single, before scoring the game-winning run on the Vogelbach SF. 

The Angels/Cubs scored their first run in the bottom of the 1st on a Jeffrey Baez (Cubs) lead-off single, a balk, and an E-3, and threatened to score more runs, but Shawon Dunston Jr was picked-off 1st base, and then Charcer Burks (Cubs) was picked-off 3rd base by the Rangers catcher after leading off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a triple (breaking an 0-15 slump).

RHP James Pugliese (Cubs) got the start for the Angels/Cubs and hurled four innings of one-hit shutout ball, with no walks and five strikeouts, and a 6/1 GO/AO, while throwing 74% strikes, and then four relievers combined to toss five innings of one-run two-hit ball.    

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

RANGERS LINEUP:
1a. Pedro Ogando, LF: 0-2 (K, 4-6 FC)
1b. LeDarious Clark, PH-LF: 0-1 (HBP, P-3, SB) 
2a. Eric Jenkins, CF: 0-2 (K, K)
2b. London Lindley, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Jose Trevino, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, 5-3)
3b. Charles Moorman, PH-1B: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, CS)
4a. David Lyon, C: 0-2 (L-4, K)
4b. Tyler Sanchez, PH-C: 0-2 (P-6, K)
5a. Josh Morgan, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5b. Dylan Moore, 2B: 1-2 (3B, 5-3, R)
6a. Sherman Lacrus, DH: 0-2 (5-3, L-4)
6b. Curtis Terry, PH: 0-1 (P-2)
7a. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB, SB)
7b. Juremi Profar, 3B: 0-0 (F-8 SF, RBI)
8a. Jose Almonte, RF: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
8b. Darius Day, RF: 0-1 (K)
9. Yeyson Yrizarra, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, 5-3)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (1B, P-6, R)
1b. Natanael Delgado, RF: 0-2 (6-3, P-6) 
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (E-3, K, F-9, BB, R, SB, PO)
3. Wade Wass, DH #1: 1-2 (K, 1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER 
4a. Victor Caratini, C: 0-1 (BB, K)
4b. Michael Strentz, PH-C: 1-1 (1B, BB)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-1 (5-3, BB, BB, F-7 SF, RBI)
6. Zach Houchins, 3B: 0-3 (3-1, 6-4 FC, P-4)
7. Charcer Burks, DH #2: 1-3 (3B, F-8, K, PO)
8a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8b. Bo Way, CF: 0-1 (L-7)
9a. Kody Eaves, SS: 0-2 (F-8, L-8)
9b. Andrew Daniel, SS: 1-1 (1B)
10. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B  0-3 (L-6, 4-3, 6-4-3 DP)

RANGERS PITCHERS
1. Sam Stafford: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 2/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Omartin Lopez: 2.0 IP, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Ashton Perritt: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 41 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Clyde Kendrick: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Tyler Ferguson: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (5 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS:
1. James Pugliese: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R,. 0 BB, 5 K, 6/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Michael Jensen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Steve Perakslis: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Matt Brazis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes) 

RANGERS ERRORS: 1 
1B Jose Trevino: E-3 (errant throw on attempted 3-1 put-out allowed batter to reach base safely & runner to score from 3rd)

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

RANGERS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. David Lyon: 1 PO 
2. Tyler Sanchez: 0-1 CS 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Victor Caratini: 0-1 CS
2. Michael Strentz: 1-2 CS 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures 95+ 

ATTENDANCE: 14 

Comments

14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

I will say that it's not all that unusual for young umpires working Extended Spring Trainining or Instructs games to call interference on a runner attempting to break-up a double play at 2nd base or a batter getting in the way of a catcher making a throw to a base, so the young umpires are already calling interference more strictly. It's the MLB umpires (the "old school" ones in particular) who don't call interference as readily, even when it's obvious (like the Utley slide). 

If a player did what Utley did in an Extended Spring Training or Instructs game, I would venture to say he and the batter would have been called out for interference. 

I'm curious. In your experience watching prospects at the lowest and more instructional level, what do teams teach their young players regarding takeout slides (for instance, would they teach guys to do the Coghlan/Kang type slide, discourage late slides like Utley's and Holliday's, etc.), and has what they teach changed at all in recent years?

Phil, now that instructs are over, did you see any players worthy of the title of breakout?

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  • Arizona Phil 15 min 4 sec ago (view)

    Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

    He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs  immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Good to see Roederer and Velasquez  providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 22 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster. 

     

  • crunch 11 hours 44 min ago (view)

    "He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."

    reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 54 min ago (view)

    TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

    He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.

    His receiving should improve with experience as well. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year