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):  


FIELD #5 


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 

FIELD #6 

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 

ATTENDANCE: 49 

 

Comments

Albert Almora, who left yesterday's Tennessee game at Riverview Park with a knee injury (last seen limping to the clubhouse), was back on the field today, fully participating in morning drills (baserunning, fielding and BP) on Field #5. 

Also, Dan Vogelbach has been practicing his bunting (he was out on Field #6 at 8 AM this morning), and has gotten pretty good at bunting balls toward 3rd base to defeat the extreme shift he usually faces when batting. 

When soler hits a line drive he should always take the extra base. Not because he's fast, but because he punishes the ball so thoroughly that is is oblong and cannot be thrown in a straight line. Witness: tonight's 2B against AZ. Just scorched.

Also a year ago I would have bet on Soler to be a bust due to lack of playing time and injuries, and Baez was a top 5 prospect. Time will tell but goes to show how fluid the prospect business is...

i think t.wood leads the team in pinch hitting appearances this spring...seriously.

bwhaha...and he hits a HR...again... (very no doubter)

Can he play the OF? Seriously.

Good news- you might have some good prospects... http://espn.go.com/mlb/conversation?gameId=35...

castro just nailed cubs minor leaguer carlos penalver in the knee...with a throw...that sailed into the dugout rather than a 1st baseman's mitt.

So wood to rotation and Jackson as the long man, so rotation and bullpen are set. Any word on final position players yet? When do they have to announce?

WISCGRAD: The 25-man MLB Active List roster limit deadline is 3 PM (Eastern) tomorrow (Sunday), but that only means a club cannot have more than 25 players on its MLB Active Roster by that time. It's not like November 20th when the reserve lists have to be filed with the MLB office. The MLB 25-man roster does not have to be"announced" or submitted to MLB and a club can continue to make roster moves after that (in the case of the Cubs, right up until game time if they wish). 

Placing Wada, Denorfia, Turner, and Beeler on the 15-day DL (retroactive to Friday March 27th - the furthest back a DL stint can be backdated during Spring Training) would get the Cubs MLB Active List down to 25, so that's fairly obvious and it could be done anytime today or prior to 3 PM (Eastern) tomorrow. Players placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to 3/27 can be reinstated beginning on Saturday April 11th. 

So the Cubs could add Jonathan Herrera to the 40 (and to the 25-man roster) either before or after 3 PM (Eastern) tomorrow, as long as a corresponding move is made to remove another player from the 25-man roster. (The Cubs MLB Reserve List stands at 39 after Drake Britton was outrighted, so nobody has to be removed from the 40-man roster if Herrera is added... they could even make a waiver claim if they see a name they like). 

So it seems like the most likely scenarios are:

1) Coghlan's neck is OK, Szczur goes down to AAA, and Sweeney and Herrera make the team.

2) Coghlan's neck is not OK and he is DLed, and Szczur, Sweeney, and Herrera all make the team.

3) Coghlan's neck is OK, Sweeney is traded, and Szczur and Herrera make the team.

4) Coghlan's neck is OK, and the team goes with one less infielder and Szczur and Sweeney make the team, Herrera does not

5) The Cubs claim someone off waivers and that player makes the team along with some combination of the names above.

 

I hope that's not the kind of stuff that keeps you up at night, WISCGRAD :-)

Gameday says Jason Hammel is batting leadoff and playing RF today?

That's why he's called The Great Maddonini!!

OK, it's Jacob Hannemann I'm seeing now. I thought we were seeing some crazy thought experiment on pitcher-shuffling today.

i dont think anyone would be surprised...and some would call it brilliant.

As long as the team stays above .500 this year, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.

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  • crunch 1 hour 27 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote

     

  • George Altman 2 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Let's hope so. It would be great next year to NOT have to 'piece together a bullpen'.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 4 min ago (view)

    DJL: I think that if Lester, Chatwood, Quintana, Jeffress, and Chafin leave via free-agency and do not return or are not replaced by at least one veteran MLB FA SP, the default Cubs 2021 Opening Day pitching staff will be Darvish, Hendricks, Mills (out of options), Alzolay (could be out of options - TBD), and either Rea, T. Miller, Steele, Abbott, Marquez, or D.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    I understand that any team can win a three-game series, but if I'm a division winner I'd want to be the #3 seed rather than the #2 seed in both the A. L. and the N. L., because I would rather face the worst second place team (Houston in the A. L. and probably Miami or Philadelphia in N. L.) than the best wild card team (Cleveland in the A. L. and probably Cincinnati or Milwaukee in the N.L.).  

     

  • Hagsag 12 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Maybe, if he makes the roster!

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Jose Martinez is going to hit some big post season homerun, isn't he?

     

  • Cubster 20 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Is the Chafin experiment over yet?

     

  • crunch 20 hours 29 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    even with the loss the cubs officially clinched a playoff slot tonight, though.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 37 min ago (view)

    oh, it's totally the hitters unless the coach is forcing guys into trying ill advised changes...which is doubtful to the point of obsurdity for this many slumping hitters.

    it's just that a near team-wide hitting outage with no one getting "fixed" isn't a good look for a hitting coach.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 48 min ago (view)

    How many hitting coaches would that be over the past five years?

    At a certain point maybe it's just the hitters? I love the current group but we've been burning through hitting coaches recently

     

  • crunch 21 hours 16 min ago (view)

    anthony iapoce might want to start updating his resume...

    i'm not saying it's his fault, but it doesn't seem like much is going right with the bats and it's getting worse over time.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 36 min ago (view)

    I look at the 8 man pen for next year and would assume 6 RHP 2 LHP. The LHP would currently be two of Ryan, Wieck, and Steele (and I guess Osich but I suspect he's non-tendered).

    The 6 RHP would be from Kimbrel, Wick, Tepera, Adam, Underwood, Alzolay, Winkler, Rea (and potentially others). I feel like they're only keeping one of Tepera/ Winkler for final arb year. Tough to say which is better value at this point.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 55 min ago (view)

    im impressed tepera has "only" given up 2hr in 19.2ip, but i wouldn't hold out on that holding up.  also, his control is sketchy as ever...

    he's got promising stuff, but at age 33 (few weeks from now) what more does he have to learn/show?

    it would probably cost the cubs 1.5m or so to keep him around (900K this year).  they liked something about him to pick him up, but who knows where that's at now...

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Two Cubs reached significant milestones today: 

    1. OF Jason Heyward now has "10/5 no trade" rights and so he cannot be traded without his consent (he had a partial "no trade" the past couple of seasons); 

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 min ago (view)

    happ / contreras / rizzo / baez / schwarber / bote(3rd) / maybin(RF) / martinez(DH) / hoerner(2nd)

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    r.brothers, down...Q, up