Archive - Sep 27, 2021


Angel 8th Inning Explosion Dooms Cubs at Diablo

Angels 2021 9th round draft pick RHP Braden Olthoff hurled three innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts and combined with four relievers on a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts, and Jordyn Adams (Angels 2018 1st round pick) and Arol Vera (Angels 2019 $2M IFA signing) belted back-to-back RBI triples to drive-in the first two runs, Jeremiah Jackson (Angels 2018 2nd round pick) lofted a sacrifice fly to plate another run, and Werner Blakely (Angels 2020 4th round pick) slugged a two-run HR to finish the scoring, as the Angels exploded for five runs in the bottom of the 8th and blanked the Cubs 5-0 in AZ Instructional League game action Monday afternoon on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium complex in Tempe, AZ. 

In addition to his RBI triple, Jordyn Adams also walked three times. 

Cubs pitchers tossed seven innings of one-hit shutout ball (albeit while issuing six walks) before the Angels' five-run eruption in the bottom of the 8th.   

Catcher Casey Opitz (Cubs 2021 8th round draft pick) threw-out all three runners who tried to steal against him. 

Even though the Angels were ahead 5-0 at home after 8-1/2 innings of play, the bottom of the 9th was played so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game could get their work. 

The AZIL Cubs have now been held scoreless two games in a row. 

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

Cubs @ Pirates: Series Thread (Games 157-159)

The penultimate series of 2021 has the 4th place Cubs facing the 5th place Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Cubs can continue to audition and indulge fringey minor league vets as they sort out potential 2022 contributors. Mills, Hendricks, and Steele will start for the Cubs, facing Keller and a pair of question marks. The games will begin at 5:35 central Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.