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)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP
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)

ROYALS LINEUP:
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)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
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) 

ROYALS PITCHERS
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

Comments

Phil, thanks for posting. Where do find the schedule? I have a condo in Surprise, yet I drove to Mesa and Tempe looking for a game today! Thanks!

Thanks Phil, I had the Salt River chart, but based on that, it looks like they hardly play and was not on the Surprise on 9/28...I assume they do not really want fans there anyway? Do you know if they play today, Friday or Sat? Sorry to be a pain, but I am only here until Sunday.

RVIMPENY: It's raining today so the Cubs will probably play intrasquad game(s) tomorrow and/or Saturday, but it's pretty much a day-to-day proposition, and a lot of times it's decided at the last minute. Best bet is to check in at Riverview in the morning and ask somebody what's going on that day.

Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

Dan Vogelbach is working on his firstbase defense in Seattle. Seems to say the Cubs didn't teach him properly. http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/mlb/seat...

For the rookie hazing "dress up" day, the Mariners made him dress like the Farley Chippendales dancer.

Can't teach height and thinness

Tommy Nance seems like quite an Indy league find

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    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 

     

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  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

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    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.

     

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  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

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  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  

     

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  • tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?

     

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    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

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