Skulina with Five Strong Frames at Riverview

Natanael Delgado (Angels) drilled a lead-off double, Charcer Burks (Cubs) ripped an RBI single, and Andrew Daniel (Angels) clubbed a two-run home run to highlight a three-run 2nd, and RHSP Tyler Skulina (Cubs) tossed five innings of one-run ball, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op squad to a 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 
Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined

DIAMONDBACKS LINEUP:
1. Colin Bray, CF: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, L-9, 4-3) 
2. Domingo Leyba, 2B: 2-4 (3-1, L-6, 1B, 1B)
3. Zach Nehrir, LF: 0-4 (5-3, P-3, 6-4-3 DP, 6-3)
4. Austin Byler, 1B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, K, F-7)
5a. Dawel Lugo, 3B: 0-2 (F-7, F-9)
5b. Henry Castillo, 3B: 1-2 (2B, F-7)
6. Stryker Trahan, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, L-4 DP)
7. Grant Heyman, DH: 1-3 (2B, K, K, R)
8a. Jose Herrera, C: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
8b. Tyler Baker, C: 0-1 (K)
9. Sergio Alcantara, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-7, 2B, RBI, SB, CS)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (K, K, 3-1, P-5)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, K, 1B, R, SB)
3. Victor Caratini, C: 0-4 (3-6-1 DP, K, 6-3, 4-3)
4. Natanael Delgado, DH: 2-4 (2B, 1B, K, K, R)
5. Wade Wass, 1B: 1-4 (5-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1B)
6. Charcer Burks, CF 1-4 (1B, P-4, 5-3, F-8, R, RBI)
7. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 2-3 (HR, 1B, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
8. Kody Eaves, SS: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, F-8)
9. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-4, SB)

DIAMONDBACKS PITCHERS:  
1. Justin Donatella: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Luis Madero: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Junior Garcia: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Jeferson Mejia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Dallas Newton: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tyler Skulina: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 5/6 GO/AO, 65 pitches (43 strikes)
2. Jordan Minch: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Matt Brazis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Steve Perakslis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)

DIAMONDBACKS ERRORS: NONE 

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

DIAMONDBACKS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jose Herrera: 0-1 CS 
2. Tyler Baker: 0-1 CS 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Victor Caratini: 1-2 CS 

ANGELS/CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF Charcer Burks - batter (Sergio Alcantara) thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple  

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 14 

Comments

Today is the last day for Article XIX-A and Article XX-D minor leaguers to elect free-agency, and so RHP Brian Schlitter and OF Mike Baxter (the last two Cubs Article XX-D eligibles) have in fact elected free-agency. 

LHP James Russell (the lone Cubs Article XIX-A minor league player) elected free-agency the first day he could file (the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season), and C Taylor Teagarden (the third Article XX-D guy)  was added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster last Sunday to keep him from electing free-agency (thus keeping him available as injury replacement insurance during the post-season in the event two Cubs catchers go down with injuries.  

oh no, not brian schlitter...2016 is gonna be his year, i know it. hope the cubs can get past this loss.

Just another teaching moment for our young heroes. Losing Schlitter may be tough, but it will make them stronger.

Tears are streaming down my face. I will have to get over it. Thanks alot AZ PHIL!

So, the Mets? If they were to make it through the Cubs, I would really be sick.

the mets it is... battle of the formerly-known-as-losers clubs.

Gonna be some cold games in NY -- Jorge, bundle up!

Isn't Jorge hitting about .000 in cold weather? I hope there's an unseasonal blast of warm air in NYC.

Where did the Mets' best hitter come from?

A different part of Cuba than Jorge

The cold part?

ice cuba?

If this is really to be the year of curse-killing, of course it must be the Mets. Let's win this one for #10.

m.harvey gets game 1 for the mets (syndergaard pitched in relief tonight).

Rizzo imitates Bautista's recently famous bat-flip... http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/10/15/154571166...

Tim Wilken gone to AZ The man who gave us Brett Jackson, Josh vitters and Hayden Simpson will work that magic for larussa and sabermatecian Dave Stewart

Doing a lot of reading and thinking about this series. I just have one request of the Cubs. Win the series 4-0 by an average score of 10-2 each game. My heart and stomach would be quite appreciative.

Amen

As long as we get our 10 before they get their 2, I'm OK with this proposal. Not sure I can handle any more comeback wins.

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  • crunch 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 12 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 7 min ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 16 min ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG - Not Phil, but I think this info was from him in the past:

    RHP/OF (signed as a two-way player - seems to be sticking with hitting for now), R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18, SPAIN

     

  • Childersb3 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    AzP,

    Does Bryce Ball have any real bat speed, or is he just a big guy that waves at the ball and makes contact 1of5 times?

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 45 min ago (view)

    Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.

     

  • tim815 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    bonds got a standing-O after being introduced between innings at LAD @ SF.

    as he sat down, dude looked extremely genuinely happy to hear the park errupt in cheers for him again.

    it's not his first time back, nor his first set of cheers, but the park is packed and loud.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Jed's GM search wrapping up, and the winner is: (Athletic write up): 37 yr old "Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.