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)
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)
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)
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)
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
Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 6 days 6 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 6 days 15 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 17 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 6 days 18 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...