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
Arizona Phil 18 hours 47 min ago (view)
Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter.
He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 51 min ago (view)
Good to see Roederer and Velasquez providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."
reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.
Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away.
Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here.
He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.
His receiving should improve with experience as well.
azbobbop 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?
tim815 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.
Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.
Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.
As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later.
Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:
RHP Josh Burgmann
RHP Chris Clarke
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene
Charlie 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump.
crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)
iapoce expected to stay. i'm surprised. i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.
crunch 4 days 23 hours ago (view)
i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 23 hours ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year