Angels/Cubs Rally to Tie D'backs at Salt River
Marcus Wilson hammered a solo home run leading off the bottom of the 1st inning, walked and scored in the 3rd, and singled in the 4th, and Isan Diaz ripped an RBI double in the 1st, a two-run single in the 3rd, and another single in the 7th for the Diamondbacks, and Natanael Delgado (Angels), Shawon Dunston Jr (Cubs), and Michael Strentz (Angels) each collected a single and a double and combined to score four of their team's five runs, Wade Wass (Angels) belted an RBI triple and walked, Andrew Daniel (Angels) singled twice including the RBI hit that plated the tying run in the 8th, and Tyler Carpenter (Angels) hurled three innings of shutout ball in relief, as the Angels/Cubs co-op squad rallied for single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to tie the Diamondbacks 5-5 in AZ Advanced Instructional League play this afternoon on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
The game was called by mutual agreement after nine innings of play.
With today's tie, the Angels/Cubs co-op squad has a record of 5-1-1 through its first seven advanced instructs games.
The Diamondbacks Advanced Instructs squad is at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson participating in the Mexican Baseball Fiesta along with the Reds Advanced Instructs squad and los Naranjeros de Hermosillo, los Yaquis de Obregon, los Caneros de Los Mochis, and los Aguilas de Mexicali from the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), so the D'backs "basic" instructs squad (which had no game scheduled today) replaced the advanced squad in the advanced instructs game with the Angels/Cubs squad at Salt River Fields.
The Angels/Cubs advanced instructs squad had no game scheduled yesterday, but the Cubs contingent did participate in a full workout on Fields 1 & 2 at the Riverview Baseball Complex. RHPs Dallas Beeler, Pierce Johnson, Corey Black, Tyler Skulina, Matt Brazis, and James Pugliese threw bullpen side-sessions, and then RHPs Blake Parker, Steve Perakslis, and Michael Jensen, and LHP Jordan Minch threw "live" BP to hitters that included Victor Caratini, Dan Vogelbach, Chesny Young, Rashad Crawford, Charcer Burks, Jeffrey Baez, Shawon Dunston Jr, Willson Contreras, and Cael Brockmeyer from the "advanced" group, plus Eloy Jimenez, Jake Hannemann, D. J. Wilson, Kevonte Mitchell, and Michael Foster, who were brought over to the "advanced" work-out on Field #1 from the "basic" instructs work-out on the other side of the complex.
Here is the box score from today's game at Salt River Fields (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined)
1. Bo Way, CF: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, 5-3, 1-3 SH, F-7, R, RBI)
2. Chesny Young, SS: 1-5 (P-3, 4-3, 2B, E-6, P-6, RBI, CS)
3a. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-9 SF, F-9, RBI)
3b. Kody Eaves, 3B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, 4-3, F-8)
5. Natanael Delgado, RF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 2B, 4-3, R, CS)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, L-7, 2B, R)
7. Wade Wass, C-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 3B, BB, RBI)
8. Andrew Daniel, 2B: 2-4 (K, 1B, F-8, 1B, RBI)
9. Michael Strentz, DH-C: 2-4 (2B, K, 1B, K, 2 R)
1a. Marcus Wilson, CF-DH: 2-2 (HR, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
1b. Daniel Comstock, PH-DH: 0-2 (F-9, K)
2a. Henry Castillo, 2B: 1-3 (1B, FC+E4, 4-3, 2 R)
2b. Yan Sanchez, 2B: 0-2 (P-4, F-9)
3. Isan Diaz, SS: 3-4 (2B, 1B, 4-3, 1B, R, 3 RBI, CS)
4. Luke Lowery, 1B: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, K, P-4)
5a. Jason Morozowski, RF: 1-3 (L-5 DP, 4-3, 1B+E4)
5b. Jacy Cave, CF: 0-1 (L-9)
6. Matt Railey, DH-RF: 2-4 (L-7, 2B, 3-U, 1B, RBI, CS)
7a. Alexis Olmeda, C: 0-1 (BB, 1-3)
7b. Francis Christy, C: 0-2 (1-3, K)
8. Didimo Bracho, 3B: 0-4 (5-4 FC, P-6, F-8, K)
9. Logan Soole, LF: 1-4 (K, L-8, K, 1B)
1. Drew Rucinski: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes)
2. Eduardo Paredes: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Michael Brady: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Victor Alcantara: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Tyler Carpenter: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/5 GO/AO, 40 pitches (27 strikes)
1. Tyler Mark: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Junior Garcia: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Marcus Solbach: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Kai-Wei Lin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Justin Donatella: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Breckin Williams: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Andrew Daniel - E-4 (errant throw on attempted 4-6 FC allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. 2B Andrew Daniel - E-4 (missed catch on throw back from outfield on single to RF allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
DIAMONDBACKS ERRORS: 1
SS Isan Diaz - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wade Wass: 1-1 CS
2. Michael Strentz: 1-1 CS
DIAMONDBACKS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alexis Olmeda: 1-1 CS
2. Franicis Christy: 1-1 CS
ANGELS/CUBS BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Shawon Dunston Jr was thrown out 3-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on infield single with two outs in the 4th
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures 95+
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 2 days 20 min ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 4 days 43 min ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 6 days 17 hours ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 6 days 22 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 1 hour ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 23 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 1 week 1 day ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 1 week 2 days ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."