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 2 hours 57 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 5 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 1 hour ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 17 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw

     

  • erich081 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.