Strumpf Keeps Cookin' Arizona Taters

Chase Strumpf blasted a solo HR over the LF fence to account for the only run of what was a very brief Cubs AZ Instructional League intrasquad game played Monday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The Cubs AZIL game at Rockies was canceled, and only two of the Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw in the AZIL game ended up pitching in the intrasquad game.

The game was called with two outs in the top of the third inning after both pitchers completed their scheduled work.  

The DH was not used in the game (eight-man batting orders were employed instead) to maximize the number of plate appearances each position player would get over the course of the very short game.

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Cole Roederer, CF: 1-1 (BB, 1B+E8, CS)
2. Bryce Windham, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8) 
3. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
4. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (5-3)
5. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
6. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
7. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-1 (2B) 
8. Jacob Wetzel, LF: 0-1 (F-8)

1. Kevin Made, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 1-3)
2. Andy Weber, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
3. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (K) 
4. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
5. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-0 (BB) 
6. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-1 (6-3) 
7. Yonathan Perlaza, CF: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Alfonso Rivas, LF: PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY - NO AB 

Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (17 strikes)|

Cam Sanders: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (22 strikes) 


CF Yonathan Perlaza: E-8 (over-ran line-drive-hit to CF allowing batter to advance two extra bases) 

Ethan Hearn: 1-1 CS 

CF Yonathan Perlaza: Batter/runner (Cole Roederer) thrown out 8-6-2 attempting to complete 1B+E8 inside-the-park HR


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


darvish/bauer/degrom CY finalists.

gotta imagine bauer is the odds favorite.

ross/mattingly/tingler MOY finalists.

mattingly taking the f'n marlins to the playoffs is going to get heavy props for an already popular guy around the game.  they lost 105 games last year (31-29 this year, first winning season since 2009).

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  • cubbies.4ever 6 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Still haven't seen/heard if Cubs signed 19th rd Daniel Avitia, the last of the unsigned or declined.


  • crunch 6 hours 53 min ago (view)

    imagine he'll go into indie ball somewhere and hope he doesn't end up like matt harrington.


  • Sonicwind75 7 hours 18 min ago (view)

    So is Kumar going "pro" by taking a KBO contract next season or something like that or does he just work out for a year?  Not sure what the rules are for a player in his situation.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Good. Suck it Mets


  • crunch 11 hours 17 min ago (view)

    mets fail to sign k.rocker.

    at the time it was considered a hell of a pick when he fell so far (11th pick).  he was considered a top-5 pick for most of the year, #1 for a chunk of it.  his medicals (elbow) gave the mets pause offering him slot value.  his agent, boras, says he's healthy.

    he will not return to vandy and will go "pro"...he returns to the draft next year and the mets get a compensation 11th pick in round 1 next season.


  • crunch 11 hours 56 min ago (view)

    rizzo, baez, and bryant all homered in their 1st game with their new team.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Winning very much to a backseat to profits. I would imagine it always kinda was that way, but it became very obvious after the title. I think when ownership saw Darvish struggle year one, that was that, no more free agent spending. And never adjusted after it became clear Darvish was back starting midway through year two.


  • Charlie 12 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Ownership absolutely decided sometime after 2016 that fans owed them and not the other way atound.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 48 min ago (view)

    To be fair they also did a good job bringing in talent to the system that they were able to use to make trades. And a few solid signings such as Lester and Zobrist.

    I think part of it was the hunger mostly vanished after the title and things needed to be switched up to kick people in the ass a tad. Add a level of being hamstrung by Heyward deal, no one coming up to replace the lost farm system talent or aging players, no one but Rizzo and Hendricks signing extensions, and here we are


  • crunch 12 hours 50 min ago (view)

    HUGE standing O for bryant.  they're loving it.


  • Cubster 13 hours 15 min ago (view)

    The Chicago Ortegas


  • crunch 13 hours 15 min ago (view)


    who though we'd have "the ortega game" today?  alright, then.


  • Cubster 13 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Rizzo leading off for Yanks today


  • crunch 13 hours 40 min ago (view)

    the cubs had years of 1st round picks gained by tanking do well and they got very lucky with the arrietta/strop trade.  strop is especially underappreciated in that trade.  theo obviously wanted rizzo badly, and made the right call there.  hendricks was a complex back/forth trade because of player injuries, but at the end of the day the cubs wanted hendricks and they made the right call there, too.

    aside from that, it looks a lot like it's been for decades.


  • Cubster 14 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Every championship season is sacred (except 2021).


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 32 min ago (view)

    He's looking kinda gassed. I think we've got to be coming up on his innings limit