D'back Arms Shut-Down Cubs at Sloan

Jake McCarthy clubbed a solo HR, walked twice, and singled, and SP Tyler Holton and four relievers combined to toss a shutout, as the Diamondbacks blanked the Cubs 2-0 in AZ Instructional League game action Saturday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Cubs pitchers had a pretty good day, too, striking out 14 D'backs (13 swinging) while allowing two runs on five hits and five walks.    

Jared Young tripled and singled for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

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

CUBS LINEUP
1. Kevin Made, SS: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, K, BB)
2a. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-2 (F-7, BB, F-8)
2b. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-1 (K) 
3a. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
3b. Yohendrick Pinango, CF: 0-1 (2-3) 
4. Jordan Nwogu, RF: 1-3 (K, F-9, 1B, BB)
5. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 1-4 (1B, L-8, 4-6 FC, K)
6. Fabian Pertuz, 2B-DH: 1-4 (5-4-3 DP, 1B, F-9, K)
7a. Jared Young, DH: 2-3 (3B, P-5, 1B) 
7b. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 0-1 (K) 
8. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-2 (P-3, K, HBP)
9. Jacob Wetzel, LF: 1-3 (1B, 3-1, P-6) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Peyton Remy: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Bailey Reid: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/0 GO/AO, 39 pitches (26 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Rafael Morel: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Rafael Morel: E-5 (errant throw on botched rundown play allowed runners to advance an extra base) 

ATTENDANCE: 0 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

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 

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. 

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.

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. 

In the case of Rafael Morel (who is also at Instructs), he is a bat-first SS. His brother Christopher is a lean "quick-twitch" type infielder with a plus arm (he's best at 3B or he can shift to short RF vs LH hitters), but Rafael is built more like a corner infielder/outfielder (maybe CF if he can be an assertive "ball hawk" because he has above-average speed). Just as the Cubs have moved Yonathan Perlaza from INF to OF to take advantage of his bat, I suspect the same will happen eventually with Rafael Morel. He will go as far as his bat will take him. He can hit, but he is not really a SS. 

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  • tim815 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 50 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 

     

  • crunch 8 hours 34 min ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 23 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 48 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500

     

  • crunch 13 hours 14 min ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/chipper-jones-sciambi-lau...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...

     

  • tim815 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.

    i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts.  i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.

    I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.