Eloy No Joy for Bees at Riverview Park
Trevor Clifton and Adbert Alzolay combined to hurl six innings of two-hit shutout baseball and three relievers followed with three more innings of no-hit ball, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) two-hit the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) 4-2 on Field #5, and Eloy Jimenez slugged a two-run home run to cap a three-run 1st and Ricardo Marcano belted a two-run HR in the 7th (the Jimenez bomb carrying 420+ feet over the CF fence just to left of the Batter's Eye), leading the South Bend Cubs (the Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 7-3 victory over the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) on Field #6, in a Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader played Thursday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Yasiel Balaguert collected two doubles and an RBI for Myrtle Beach, and Kevonte Mitchell singled twice, walked, scored two runs, and stole a base (home, on the back-end of a double-steal) for South Bend.
RHRP Alexander Santana had an unusual outing for Myrtle Beach, working the 9th inning of the game on Field #5. Santana entered the game with a 4-0 lead, and proceeded to hit three batters and throw two wild pitches, and of the 16 pitches he threw in the inning, only two were strikes. But he never-the-less somehow managed to record three outs, because the two strikes both turned into 5-3 ground outs, and the third out was a game-ending caught-stealng at 3rd base on a ball-three pitch with the potential tying run at the plate.
OF Alex Bautista, 1B-OF Chris Pieters, and INF Edgar Rondon were moved-up from the South Bend group to the Myrtle Beach squad for the game, and all three entered the game as late-inning replacements for the Pelicans.
Myrtle Beach 2B Ian Happ and SS Gleyber Torres (who are two of the Cubs Top 5 prospects) were absent from Minor League Camp on Thursday, as they traveled with the big league club to Salt River Fields for a morning Cactus League "B" game versus the Colorado Rockies.
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Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 2-3 (1B, 3-U, 1B, RBI)
1b. Alex Bautista, CF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Andrew Ely, SS: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, P-2, RBI)
2b. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
3. Donnie Dewees, DH-LF: 2-4 (1B, K, E-8, 1B+E3, R)
4. Jeffrey Baez, DH-RF: 1-4 (E-9, F-9, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
5a. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 2B, RBI)
5b. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-1 (BB, P-4)
6. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 3-U, 1-2-3 DP, K)
7. Charcer Burks, LF-DH: 0-3 (5-4 FC, 5-3, K, BB, CS)
8. Daniel Spingola, RF-DH: 0-3 (3-U, 4-3,. K)
9. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, 3B, K, R)
10a. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, R, SB, PO)
10b. Jordan Hankins, C: 0-1 (4-3)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Clifton: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/4 GO/AO, 46 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Adbert Alzolay: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 28 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3 HBP, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (2 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
C Tyler Alamo: E-2 (overthrow at 1st base after fielding "swinging bunt" allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Alamo: 1 E (see above)
2. Jordan Hankins: 1-1 CS
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB, 2 R, SB)
1b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, P-6, RBI)
2. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-4 (K, BB, 1B, F-8, K, SB)
3. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 1-4 (1B, K, L-3 DP, 3-1, R, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-4 (HR, 5-4-3 DP, 4-3, L-7, R, 2 RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (BB, L-5, L-8, 1B, R)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-4 (K, L-4, 1B, HR, R, 2 RBI, CS)
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 1B, 6-3, 4-3)
8a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
8b. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, 2 SB)
9a. Blake Headley, 1B: 1-3 (3-1, F-8, 3B, R)
9b. Gustavo Polanco, PH-1B 0-1 (F-9)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Kyle Miller: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Jose Paulino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Santiago Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
7. Yapson Gomez: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (13 strikes)
8. Pedro Silverio: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
2B Vimael Machin: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 1-2 CS
SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 1
RF Kwang-Min Kwon - runner thrown out 9-4-2 trying to score from 1st base on a double off the RF fence
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 49 min 36 sec ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 1 hour 17 sec ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 18 min ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 3 hours 59 min ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.
Cubster 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.
crunch 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.
green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 5 days 12 min ago (view)
Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.
crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)
mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...
crunch 5 days 21 hours ago (view)
t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.
i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.
he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.
that said, his career is far from done. most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.