Cubs Celebrate AARP Day at Riverview Park
Four pitchers combined to hurl one-hit shut-out ball and Yeiler Peguero drilled an RBI single with one out in the top of the 2nd, took second on the throw to the plate, advanced to 3rd on a GO, and then scored on a two-out WP, accounting for both of his team's runs, as Team Banks blanked Team Santo 2-0 in Cubs AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #3 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after 4-1/2 innings of play.
Jake Hannemann (on AA Tennessee DL since July 7th) played for both squads, handling CF for three innings and getting three Plate Appearances with Team Santo before serving as a DH for Team Banks, going a combined 1-4 (K, 2B, K, 3-U). He will likely play winter ball somewhere in Latin America.
The game featured dramatic comeback attempts by 43-year old Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator (ex- MLB RHP) Jim Brower, 46-year old Cubs AZ Advanced Instructional League Pitching Coach (ex-MLB LHP) Ron Villone, 37-year old Mental Skills Program Coordinator (ex-MLB OF) Darnell McDonald, and Rehab Coach (ex-Cubs minor league catcher) Lance Rymel, much to the delight of the Cubs players. Rymel served as the catcher for both Brower and Villone, and McDonald batted once each for both squads, facing Brower once and Villone once.
McDonald's walk-up music lasted about five minutes, Brower received an animated pep-talk at the mound from Coach Ty Wright with two outs in the bottom of the 4th before summoning the courage to strike out McDonald on 82 MPH gas, and Villone had to be helped off the field by Rymel after nearly having a heart-attack waiting for RF Jonathan Sierra to make a spectacuilar stumbling game-ending catch (an L-9 line-drive by McDonald).
While all four of the geezers look to be maybe (somewhat) in something close to near-playing shape, McDonald hasn't played in the big leagues since getting released by the Cubs in Spring Training 2014, Brower last pitched professionally in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2009-10, Villone retired after the 2010 season (but he IS a lefty, so I guess he still has a chance), and Rymel hasn't played since getting released by the Rockies during Spring Training 2015. I will say that Villone still has a nifty Houdini pick-off move. He absolutely nailed Carlos Diaz cold at 1st base, and for all I know, Diaz may still be standing there wondering what just happened.
Here is the box score from the game:
TEAM BANKS LINEUP
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (2B, F-8)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 1-2 (F-7, 1B)
3. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-U)
4. Carlos Diaz, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, E-5, PO)
5. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-2 (3-U, P-6)
6a. Luis Ayala, RF: 0-0 (BB, R)
6b. Darnell McDonald, PH: 0-1 (L-9)
7. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-1 (4-3)
8. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-1 (1B, R, RBI)
9. Aramis Ademan, DH #1: 0-1 (4-3)
10. Zack Short, DH #2: 1-1 (1B)
11. Wladimir Galindo, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3)
12. Miguel Amaya, DH #4: 0-1 (1-U)
13. Sam Tidaback, DH #5: 0-1 (5-3)
14a. Jake Hannemann, DH #6: 0-1 (K)
14b. Lance Rymel, C: NO AB
TEAM SANTO LINEUP
X. Jake Hannemann, CF-DH: 1-3 (K, 2B, 3-U)
NOTE: Hannemann batted 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Connor Myers, LF: 0-1 (6-3)
2a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (E-6)
2b. Lance Rymel, C: NO AB
3. Michael Cruz, DH #1: 0-1 (3-U)
4. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-1 (K)
6. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-1 (K)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-1 (3-U)
8, Christopher Morel, 3B: 0-1 (K)
9. Jose Gutierrez, DH-CF: 0-1 (1-3)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #3: 0-1 (1-3)
11. Darnell McDonald, DH #4: 0-1 (K)
TEAM BANKS PITCHERS
1. Tyson Miller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Dakota Mekkes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Nathan Sweeney: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jim Brower: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
TEAM SANTO PITCHERS:
1. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Tyler Peyton: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jed Carter: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Duncan Robinson: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Ron Villone: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
TEAM BANKS ERRORS: 1
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TEAM SANTO ERRORS: 1
3B Christopher Morel: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
ATTENDANCE: 9 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 38 min ago (view)
Teenagers we've never heard of*
crunch 2 hours 6 min ago (view)
2027 team gonna be fire.
i can't wait to see what group of teenagers we get for bryant mid-season.
tim815 2 hours 24 min ago (view)
Underwood to Pittsburgh for a 1B that hasn't played stateside yet. 2 DSL seasons.
crunch 5 hours 18 min ago (view)
the 2 geese are now together covering left-center
crunch 5 hours 31 min ago (view)
we now have 2 OF geese.
crunch 6 hours 2 min ago (view)
game is in goose delay.
arrieta threw 2 innings...not bad, not good, nothing alarming, nothing impressive. it'll be nice to see him work in future outings.
game back again...goose still in CF.
crunch 6 hours 26 min ago (view)
there is a goose in CF hanging out.
this is goose territory now. this is not up for discussion.
crunch 7 hours 36 min ago (view)
pedro strop broke COVID protocol and will be even more days away from his spring debut. good job, guy.
Arizona Phil 21 hours 39 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: I've been watching Michael Hermosillo since his earliest days with the Angels, playing over the years against the Cubs in AZL, Minor League Camp, EXST, and AZ Instructs.
From the outset he showed plus defensive skills, a plus arm, and plus speed, but his hit tool was clearly lacking, and he had well below-average power. I thought AAA was his likely ceiling, and even then only as a 4th OF.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
3/9 with a homer (no walks).
Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
How is Almora Jrs spring going?
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
maybin 0-9 with 6 Ks so far this spring.
Hagsag 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
Phil, what are your thoughts on Mike Hermosillo? He is from our area,Ottawa.
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
The fact that the Cubs have not run him through waivers by now tells me they know Duane Underwood Jr is a lock to get claimed and so they are hoping to find a club that would be willing to give the Cubs something more than the $50,000 waiver price in return for Dunderwood (either more $$$ and/or a player).
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Today's pitchers, most of them the same guys who threw last Tuesday:
COMMENT: This just in: Mills heater now sitting at 91!!!!... had two easy innings and looked very good... threw only a handful of his "Bugs Bunny curves" but they are fun to watch because hitters don't know how to deal with it... ...
Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
DJL: Jason Adam sustained a right elbow fracture a few years ago and missed two full seasons, and when he returned to action he started using a "short-arm" delivery.