Pelicans Gobble Nuts & Tourists Fly Past Cubs at Riverview
Jesse Hodges belted a solo HR and singled, Jordan Hankins singled twice, drove-in a run, and scored another, and Jake Stinnett tossed five innings of one-run ball as the Cubs took a 4-1 lead through five innings, but the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies Lo-A affiliate) scored four in the 6th, two in the 8th, and two more in the 9th, to rally to a 9-7 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) on Field #5. and Jacob Rogers and Kevin Brown hammered doubles and scored, Shawon Dunston Jr and Jeimer Candelario drilled RBI singles, and Wes Darvill slugged a two-run home run to highlight a five-run 3rd, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Modesto Nuts (Rockies Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
Brown (two doubles and a single) and Candelario (two singles and a double) collected three hits a piece for the Pelicans.
Chris Denorfia (hamstring rehab) saw his first game action in a couple of weeks, serving as a DH for Myrtle Beach and going 1-3. He led-off each of the first three innings, flying out F-9 in his first AB, bouncing back to the pitcher 1-3 his second time up, and then clubbing a ringing double into the right-centerfield gap in his third Plate Appearance.
While Denorfia jogged somewhat gingerly into second base and looked to be something less than 100% on his double, a minute later he went full-tilt from second to home to score on the Dunston ground RBI single to center.
South Bend RHP Zach Hedges had a tough outing while piggy-backing with Stinnett on Field #5. Coming in with a 4-1 lead in the top of the 6th, Hedges allowed eight run (all earned) on nine hits (including two doubles, a triple, and a home run) and two walks (plus a wild pitch) and no strikeouts in four innings of work.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, LF: 2-5 (P-4, 5-3, 5-3, 1B, 1B, R)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-3 (HBP, 3B, 5-3, 6-3, F-9 SF, RBI)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (K, F-8, E-5, 1B, BB, 2 RBI, SB, CS)
4. Justin Marra, 1B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-9, BB, K, R)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-5 (1B, HR, 6-3, K, E-6, R, RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-5 (4-6-3 DP, 6-3, 1-3, K, 5-U FC)
7a. Jordan Hankins, C: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-5, R, RBI)
7b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (1-3)
8. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (F-7, BB, 1-3, 6-3, R)
9a. Rashad Crawford, DH: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, RBI)
9b. Yasiel Balaguert, PH-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB, 2 R)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Jake Stinnett: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 6/4 GO/FO, 72 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Zach Hedges: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R (8 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 8/3 GO/FO, 63 pitches (38 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jordan Hankins: 2-3 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
X. Chris Denorfia, DH #1: 1-3 (F-9, 1-3, 2B, R)
NOTE: Denorfia batted 1st in the top of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings
1. Kevin Brown, CF: 3-4 (2B, 2B, 3-U, 1B, R)
2. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-3 (F-9, BB, F-8, K)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 1B, F-9 SF, 2 RBI)
4. Victor Caratini, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, BB, K)
5. Ben Carhart, C: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-9)
6. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-3 (2B, L-3, L-9, R)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF 1-3 (1B, P-3, K, R, RBI)
8. Andrew Ely, SS; 0-3 (P-5, K, 4-3)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 2-3 (HR, K, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
10. Danny Lockhart, DH #3: 2-3 (1B, 2B, E-3, R)
11a. Alberto Mineo, DH #4: 0-2 (K, K)
11b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 1 WP, 6/4 GO/FO, 72 pitches (44 strikes)
2. Ryan McNeil: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 23 pitches (18 strikes)
3. James Farris: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (17 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Ben Carhart: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 23 min 39 sec ago (view)
""There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of," Arenado said. "You can quote that." Arenado added, "You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there. There is a lot of disrespect."
The third baseman didn't want to elaborate on what he felt was disrespectful, but clearing the relationship between Arenado and the front office needs to be repaired."
crunch 1 hour 41 min ago (view)
some good news...or bad news depending on how you feel about it...for the k.bryant trade market...
"Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Monday indicated that Nolan Arenado will not be dealt prior to spring training and trade talks involving the third baseman are off for now."
now MLB and crew need to decide whether bryant has an extra year of club control or not...still waiting...
rangers, braves, and nats are supposedly looking at 3rd base upgrades. cards are, too, but bryant to the cards would be a mutiny level trade decision.
crunch 7 hours 52 min ago (view)
"Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, and Brewers are "believed to be among the teams with some interest" in free agent reliever Pedro Strop.
Nicholson-Smith on Sunday that Strop had three offers in-hand (two from NL clubs and one from an AL club) and will likely make his decision soon."
crunch 8 hours 36 min ago (view)
meanwhile "bitpartisan" lawmakers are working as hard as they can to make sure many labor/pay protection laws applicable to other workers don't apply to minor league teams for many years now by coding it into law or attempting to...
some of these same people are now crying foul over MLB team owner's plan to get rid of dozens of minor league teams for restructuring in order to save $$ by billionaire team owners.
"hey, we're doing this favor for you at the expense of workers. remember this!" - lawmakers
"oh, we will." - MLB team owners
Charlie 10 hours 36 min ago (view)
Fair pay for minor leaguers and international free agents would soften the blow of nickel and diming the MLB payroll for sure. It won't happen until the players union represents minor league interests, of course, unless an outside law suit forces the minimum wage issue.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them. it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys. that's no way to run things...
JustSayin' 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
So true. The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families. You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor. If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.
that's a real shame.
JustSayin' 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair. That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche. I find this interesting. Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible. It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries. Those don't even factor in the luxury tax. You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.
crunch 2 days 52 min ago (view)
WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.
the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.
it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.
Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.
Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.
Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB).
CubbyBlue 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!
crunch 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
"Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."
that's cool. no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.