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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  • azbobbop 12 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    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.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    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. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    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 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 14 min ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!

     

  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro.  25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.

     

  • Charlie 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 3 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.