Cain Good, but Giants UnAbel to defeat Mota-vated Pelicans in Scottsdale
Ian Rice drilled a bases-loaded two-run single to spark a three-run 7th and SP Trevor Clifton retired ten of the first eleven men he faced, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) edge the San Jose Giants (Hi-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) 5-4 on Field #2, and Byron Murray hammered an RBI triple and a single and scored two runs and Lucius Fox (2015 IFA - Bahamas - $6M signing bonus) smacked an RBI double, walked, and scored a run, leading the Augusta Greenjackets (Giants Lo-A affiliate) to an 8-3 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Monday afternoon at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.
Skyler Ewing and Dillon Dobson each belted a two-run home run in a losing cause for San Jose on Field #2, and Eddy Julio Martinez (2015 IFA - Cuba - $3M signing bonus) singled twice, walked, and drove-in a run in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #1. (EJM has served mostly as the South Bend DH in games so far, but he played RF today).
San Francisco Giants RHSP Matt Cain made the start for San Jose on Field #2 and worked 5.1 IP (92 pitches - 66 strikes), allowing one run on four hits (all four singles) and a walk with five strikeouts and a 5/6 GO/AO.
In Minor League Camp roster news, long-time Cubs minor league INF Jonathan Mota has retired as a player, although he has been working exclusively as a coach with the Myrtle Beach (Hi-A) squad since Minor League Camp opened earlier this month, and will continue to do so going forward.
Now 28, Mota was originally signed by the Cubs as a 16-year old shortstop out of Venezuela in 2003, and over the years he has played in more than 1,000 minor league games for the Cubs, playing at every level (rookie ball through AAA) and every position, but he never made it to The Show. (The closest he got was an NRI to Spring Training with the big club in 2012). He was a minor league 6YFA in each of the last six off-seasons, but each time he re-signed with the Cubs.
Mota was the ultimate "organizational player," a quiet, loyal guy who did whatever he was asked to do without bitching or moaning, moving from one level to another when needed (often without much advance notice), mentoring his younger teammates, and when not needed as a player, he would serve as a 1st base coach, bullpen catcher, batting practice pitcher, and probably the bus driver, as well, all the while staying in playing shape in case he was called to action. He volunteered for the Catcher Conversion Program at Extended Spring Training in 2010 to increase his versatility, and he even had the opportunity to pitch (in a pinch) in seven games over the course of his long career to help save his club's bullpen.
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Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (4-3, 4-6-3 DP, BB, K)
2a. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-0 (BB, HBP, BB, R, RBI)
2b. Vimael Machin, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 1B, F-9, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, F-8, K, RBI)
5. Matt Rose, 3B: 0-3 (6-3, BB, L-7, 6-3)
6. P. J. Higgins, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, 5-3, PO)
7. Daniel Spingola, DH #2: 2-3 (L-9, 2B, 1B, CS)
8. Blake Headley, 1B: 1-2 (1B, L-4 DP, BB)
9a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-2 (5-3, BB, P-4 DP, R)
9b. Tyler Payne, C: NO AB
10. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-8, R)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Adbert Alzolay: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 3 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 59 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Kyle Twomey: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/6 GO/AO, 66 pitches (40 strikes)
3. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. P Adbert Alzolay: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. P Kyle Twomey: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, BB, 6-3, R)
2. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-6 FC, K, SB)
3. Ian Happ, 2B: 1-4 (6-3, 4-3, K, 1B, R, RBI)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B:1-4 (K, F-9, 1B, E-6, R)
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (K, F-9, 2B, F-9, R)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (P-5, 3-1, BB, 3-U, R, RBI)
7a. Ian Rice, C: 2-3 (F-9, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
7b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (L-7)
8. Andrew Ely, SS: 0-2 (K, 5-3 SH, 6-4-3 DP)
9. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, K, F-8)
10. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (1B, L-6, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Clifton: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 5/6 GO/AO, 75 pitches (43 strikes)
2. James Farris: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Michael Wagner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ian Rice: 0-1 CS
2. Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
jdrnym 5 hours 3 min ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 29 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 11 hours 52 min ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 43 min ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 14 hours 45 min ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 1 min ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 17 hours 9 min ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.
crunch 17 hours 33 min ago (view)
though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.
there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.
Cubster 18 hours 2 min ago (view)
"In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."
crunch 19 hours 13 min ago (view)
it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ. they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.
with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0). now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.
crunch 19 hours 29 min ago (view)
cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.
he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.
he's 38 years old, btw.
Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing. also, ha.
Rob Richardson 2 days 2 min ago (view)
How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups?
Rob Richardson 2 days 9 min ago (view)
Well said Crunch.