Ed Howard Stars as Cubs Rally to Tie Giants at Instructs

Cubs 2020 1st round draft pick Ed Howard IV (Mt. Carmel HS - Chicago, IL) drilled a pinch-hit RBI double in his pro game debut and Jacob Wetzel (2020 NDFA - Frederick CC) laced an RBI triple and scored on a Fabian Pertuz RBI single in his pro game debut, as the Cubs rallied to tie the Giants 5-5 in AZ Instructional League Opening Day game action Wednesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Rob Emery belted a three-run HR and Marco Luciano followed with a monster solo shot (both off Cubs SP Cory Abbott) to give the Giants an early 4-0 lead, before the Cubs came roaring back in the late innings.  

Besides Howard and Wetzel, three other Cubs made their pro game debut on Wednesday. LF Jordan Nwogu (2020 3rd round pick - U. of Michigan) reached base on an HBP in his first pro AB and later scored from 1st base on the Wetzel triple, 1B Matt Mervis (2020 NDFA - Duke) drew a walk in his first pro AB and later scored on the Howard RBI double, and RHRP Ben Leeper (2020 NDFA - Oklahoma State) threw one inning in relief. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

CUBS LINEUP
1a. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-3 (K, K, K)  
1b. Jacob Wetzel, CF: 1-2 (3B, K, R, RBI)
2a. Andy Weber, SS: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 5-3) 
2b. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
3a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-3 (P-2, 1B, 5-3) 
3b. Luis Verdugo, 3B: 0-1 (L-7 DP)
4a. Jared Young,1B: 0-2 (1-3, F-8)
4b. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R) 
5a. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K, R)
5b. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3)
6a. Alfonso Rivas, DH: 0-0 (BB, BB, R)
6b. Ed Howard IV, PH-DH: 1-1 (2B, BB, RBI)
7a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-2 (1-3, 6-4 FC) 
7b. Yohendrick Pinango, RF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B+E4)
8a. Cam Balego, C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, RBI)
8b. Bryce Windham, C: 0-2 (K, F-7)
9a. Yonathan Perlaza, LF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI, SB)
9b. Jordan Nwogu, LF: 0-1 (HBP, K, R) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Cory Abbott: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 68 pitches (38 strikes)
2. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)  
3. Peyton Remy: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 54 pitches (35 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Andy Weber - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Cory Abbott - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

ATTENDANCE: 0  

WEATHER: Hot & breezy with temperatures 100+ 

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Comments

Phil, glad to see you get to attend these games.

HAGSAG: Just to make it very clear, there were no violations of any MLB directives or rules & regulations pertaining to in-person fan attendance at AZIL games. 

nice, we dont have to hear about the creation of "The AZPhil Rule" a week from now because you watched a game.

also, it's nice that c.morel and l.verdugo are getting work.  hell, it's nice all those guys are getting work.  it's rough that so many in the low minors have been hobbled by this 2020 stuff.

Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?

AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!

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  • crunch 3 min 49 sec ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.

     

  • crunch 5 min 56 sec ago (view)

    11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

    i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 23 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

    Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 

     

  • crunch 2 hours 14 min ago (view)

    alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 19 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I doubt that whatever changes are made in the new CBA regarding compensation draft picks for losing a Qualified Player will be implemented in the 2022 draft. They might, however, remove the penalty of losing a draft pick after signing a qualified player, and that could easily be implemented in the 2022 draft. That would seem to be a demand the MLBPA would make that the MLB owners could accept. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 10 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Going over the CBT threshhold in 2020 but not in 2021 will not affect which draft pick a club receives if it loses a player who receives a Qualifying Offer post-2021 World Series and that player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 MLB Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft).

     

  • crunch 22 hours 44 min ago (view)

    w.franco getting called up by TB.  he's amazing.  check him out.  agressive at the plate and on the bases (and gets away with it)...rather decent in the field.  javy baez meets ronald acuna type stuff...

     

  • tim815 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring in the off-season, nobody has any idea what will happen in 2022, if there's an MLB season in 2022.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy cubs even matter in 2021 this late in june...also, that the cards are barely playing .500 ball.

    cubs were supposed to be "competitive" going into the season, but we were hearing a lot more about who's going to be traded mid-season than how competitive they were/are expected to be.

    also, the dbacks are down by 8 runs on their way to their 17th loss in a row.  they've only won 20 games this year.  AZ games are my go-to late night (east coast over here) preferred viewing and it's been some terrible baseball to watch.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Sorry if this is explained somewhere and I missed it, but who knows the exact compensation the Cubs would get if they made qualifying offers to Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez after the season, all three turned them down and they each signed with different teams? I read that the Cubs exceeded the Luxury Tax in 2020, so apparently that changes the draft pick value. Thanks in advance!

     

  • Cubster 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Rockies tie game w 6-spot vs Brewers

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    schwarber has 5HR in the last 2 days (3 games) and 9 homers in his last 10 games.

    fire.

    also, t.chatwood picked up a spot save for TOR today.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    let's never do chris myers in the booth for a full game again, much less a full series.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of INF Edwin Figuera (ex-STL) from York (Atlantic League) and LHSP Dalton Stambaugh (ex-BAL - was Orioles 2019 30th round draft pick - Morehead State) from Evansville (Frontier League), and they have been assigned to ACL Cubs. 

    The Cubs have been minng the independent leagues big-time. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    To give up on a guy who throws 101 when you don't have to do it is kind of dumb. Granted Stock is 31 and still has command issues, but there is obviously nothing wrong with his arm. Why not just hang onto him into next season and see what happens over the off season and then in Spring Training? 

    The Cubs could have transferred David Bote or (especially) Justin Steele to the 60-day IL. Steele has already been on the 10-day IL for 30 days, and he will need a rehab assignment -- which for pitchers can be up to 30 days -- before he is reinstated.