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
jdrnym 4 hours 47 min ago (view)
Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.
crunch 5 hours 31 min ago (view)
jeremy jeffress agrees.
Rob Richardson 9 hours 12 min ago (view)
It's high time if you ask me.
crunch 9 hours 29 min ago (view)
as awesome as bryant is, it would probably be good for the cubs to find him a new home before his play at 3rd turns him into a corner OF'r...which seems inevitable sooner than later.
i'm still impressed how much his D improved since he was drafted, but he's already losing a step at the position early in his career.
crunch 9 hours 35 min ago (view)
minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.
Arizona Phil 19 hours 47 min ago (view)
3B Alec Bohm and RHSP Spencer Howard would likely be the Cubs asking price and the Phils probably say no, but if they don't say no, that could be a deal.
crunch 23 hours 10 min ago (view)
Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant. Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue.
bradsbeard 23 hours 45 min ago (view)
Humerous 30 minutes this morning when both Mark Gonzalez and Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted out that the Cubs would be receiving Conor Lillis-White as the PTBNL in the Tommy La Stella trade as if it were just now happening.
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.
long time coming for miller.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.
i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.
i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.
Hagsag 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
Their friend Donald will come through for them.
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
remember when the billionaire owners got a huge double digit tax cut?
maybe the city should do them a favor and give them more tax savings help to let them buy and build another 2-3 revenue projects outside of the park. that might help these struggling heroes find some extra loot.
i know this rant isn't fair, but my "dan winkler got a MLB contract fever" is dying down a bit.
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
f'real. i don't even know why they're going to bother playing games. i'm over here printing Cubs 2020 World Series Champs banners while others are sleeping on reality.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Just saw a fun report that the Cubs are telling even budget type free agents they can't currently negotiate until they clear some payroll. So that's a fun start to the winter meetings.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
I'm with you 100% on that. Minor league retreads are fine and all but we don't need to be paying premiums for middle relief.