Dewees Spoils Royals Surprise Party
Donnie Dewees (three singles and a walk) reached base four times, stole a base in the 5th, drove-in his team's first run in the 6th, and scored the first run in a three-run 7th, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op team to a 6-2 victory over the Royals in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ.
It was much more Cubs than Angels on the field today, with seven Cubs and only two Angels in the co-op starting lineup, and all five pitchers employed by Manager Pedro Feliciano and Pitching Coach Ron Villone were from the Cubs organization as well.
The game featured Cubs C-1B Alberto Mineo and Royals SS Marten Gasparini, two Italian players signed out of the MLB Eurpoean Academy in Turin, Italy, and the duo took the opportunity to fare una chiacchierata in front of the visiting team's dugout prior to the start of the game.
Here is the box score from the game (Cubs players highlighted in bold & underlined)
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 3-4 (K, BB, 1B+E9, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, BB, 5-3, R, SB)
3. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 2-5 (1B, F-9, L-8, 1B, K, R, RBI)
4. Ian Rice, DH-C: 2-4 (K, BB, 1B, 1B+E7, 6-3, R)
5. Brendon Sanger, RF: 1-4 (K, 4-6-3 DP, 1B, F-9, BB, R, RBI)
6a. Jason Vosler, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, K, 2B, RBI)
6b. Julio Garcia, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-8)
7. Eddy Julio Martinez, LF: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, L-9, 6-3, R, SB)
8a. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, F-9)
8b. Matt Thaiss, PH-1B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
9a. Hutton Moyer, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Roberto Baldoquin, PH-SS: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, K)
1a. Nicky Lopez, SS: 1-2 (BB, 2B, F-8, R)
1b. Marten Gasparini, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
2a. Angelo Castellano, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, 6-3, CS)
2b. D. J. Burt, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
3a. Elier Hernandez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
3b. Rudy Martin, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
4a. Meibrys Viloria, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, 1-5-3, BB, RBI)
4b. Xavier Fernandez, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B, 6-4 FC, RBI)
5. Chris DeVito, 1B-DH: 0-4 (K, K, P-5, K)
6a. Emmanuel Rivera, 3B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, SB)
6b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-2 (P-2, 6-3)
7. Roman Collins, LF-1B: 1-3 (2B, BB, P-6, 5-3)
8. Ben Johnson, CF: 2-3 (BB, K, 2B, 1B)
9. Anderson Miller, DH-LF: 0-3 (F-8, BB, F-9, K)
10. Chase Vallot, DH-C: 0-3 (K, F-9, K, K)
1. Justin Steele: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Oscar de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Jen-Ho Tseng: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/5 GO/AO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
4. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (20 strikes)
1. Scott Blewett 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Matt Tenuta: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Franco Terrero: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Mark McCoy: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 39 pitches (24 strikes)
5. Yunior Marte: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE
ROYALS ERRORS: 2
1. RF Elier Hernandez: E-9 (fielding error allowed batter to advance to 2nd base on single to RF)
2. LF Anderson Miller: E-7 (two-base fielding error on single to LF allowed batter to advance to 3rd base)
ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
P. J. Higgins: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Meibrys Viloria: 0-3 CS
ATTENDANCE:;19 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
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Wrigley Rat 4 days 14 min ago (view)
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