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?