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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  • Hagsag 8 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Thank you Phil, I can see this is a work of love.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 23 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Cubs Reportedly Sign Powerful Infielder Alejandro Rivero Out of Indy Ball: https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/10/21/cubs-reportedly-sign-powe...

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...

     

  • Cubster 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 54 min ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 5 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.