Angels/Cubs Rally to Tie Royals at Papago

Andrew Daniel (Angels) belted an RBI double in the 2nd inning and a two-run double in the 6th, Charcer Burks (Cubs) walked and scored in the 6th and drilled a game-tying RBI single with two outs in the top of the 9th, and RHP James Pugliese (Cubs) hurled three innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts (including the last five batters he faced) in relief, as the Angels/Cubs co-op squad rallied to tie the Royals 5-5 in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this morning on Field #2 at the Papago Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ. 

The game was called by mutual agreement after nine innings of play. 

Duane Underwood Jr got the start for the Angels/Cubs, and after retiring six of the first seven men he faced in his first two innings (K, K, 6-3, K, 2B, K, F-8), the 21-year old right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and a walk (and a WP) in the third and fourth innings. He struck out five over the course of his outing (all five K-swinging), with four of the punch-outs being recorded in the first two innings.  

Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP
1. Jeffrey Baez, DH #1: 1-4 (2B, L-8, K, BB, K)
2a. Bo Way, CF: 1-2 (BB, K, 2B)
2b. Keinner Pina, PH-C: 0-2 (4-3, E-5, R)
3. Victor Caratini, C-DH: 0-3 (L-9, 4-3, 3-1)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
4a. Natanael Delgado, RF: 1-4 (K, F-9, 1B, K, R)
4b. Zach Houchins, PH-RF: 1-1 (1B)
5. Charcer Burks, DH-CF: 1-2 (BB, F-9, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Wade Wass, 1B: 1-4 (5-4 FC, HBP, 1B, K, P-3, R, SB)
7a. Rashad Crawford, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R)
7b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PH-LF: 1-2 (L-9, 1B)
8. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, 5-4 FC, 3 RBI, CS)
9. Kody Eaves, SS: 1-4 (4-3, P-5, 1B, F-7, RBI, SB)
10. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-4 (K, L-8, K, P-6)

ROYALS LINEUP:
1a. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-4 FC, K, RBI, SB)
1b. Austin Bailey, 2B: 1-1 (2B, R)
2a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 0-2 (K, F-7, BB, R, SB)
2b. Gabriel Cancel, SS: 0-1 (K) 
3a. Chestor Cuthbert, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, RBI)
3b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Samir Duenez, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8, R)
4b. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 1-1 (2B, RBI)
5a. Elier Hernandez, RF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
5b. Brandon Downes, CF: 0-2 (P-4, 3-U)
6a. Parker Morin, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
6b. Cam Gallagher, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
7a. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
7b. Christhian Vasquez, LF: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Anderson Miller, CF-RF: 1-3 (1B, L-8 SF, K, P-2, R, RBI)
9. Chad Johnson, DH #1: 0-3 (L-7, K, K)
10. Xavier Fernandez, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-8, K)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2/5 GO/AO, 70 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. James Pugliese: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (33 strikes) 
3. Michael Jensen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes) 

ROYALS PITCHERS
1. Miguel Almonte: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Jacob Bodner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Pedro Fernandez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 20 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Torey Deshazier: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes) 
5. Ashton Goudeau: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (12 strikes) 
6. Corey Ray: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes) 
7. Estarlin Cordero: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 1 
LF Rashad Crawford: E-7 (fielding error on RBI ground single to LF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

ROYALS ERRORS: 1 
3B Wander Franco: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Victor Caratini: 0-2 CS 

ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Parker Morin: 0-1 CS 
2. Cam Gallagher: 1-2 CS

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 15 

Comments

Az Phil, looking at the Myrtle Beach starting staff from this year, I see eight pretty good pitchers. Can you rank them? It looks like some will be bullpen arms.

HAGSAG: I doubt that all of the starting pitchers who finished the season at Myrtle Beach will get promoted to Tennessee at the start of the 2016 season, so it probably wouldn't be necessary to move any of them to the bullpen (at least not right away).  

I actually wouldn't be all that surprised if Pierce Johnson, Rob Zastryzny, and Ryan Williams begin the 2016 season back at Tennessee, with a promotion to AAA only when the pitcher gets on a rioll at AA. 

That could keep all of the Myrtle Beach starters except two back at Hi-A to start the season.

If I had i guess which two of the 2015 Myrtle Beach starters will be at Tennessee at the start of next season, I would say probably Tyler Skulina and either Daury Torrez or Jonathan Martinez, although the others (Underwood, Tseng, Blackburn, Markey, and Null) could  get moved-up within a relatively short period of time (based upon each pitcher's performance at Minor League Camp and then at Myrtle Beach the first month). 

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  • QuietMan 1 hour 49 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 2 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.

     

  • Mike Wellman 4 hours 12 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 18 hours 26 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 12 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 28 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 21 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 21 hours 34 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.