Cubs Wish Yanqui Had Just Stayed Home

Yoel Yanqui (two-run triple), Jose Queliz (two-run double), Eduardo Diaz (solo HR), and Luke Van Rycheghem (RBI double) contributed run-scoring extra base hits to lead the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks Hi-A affiliate) to a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, and Buddy Kennedy collected three hits (two singles and a double) and scored twice and Francis Martinez drilled an RBI double, singled and scored, and reached base on an HBP, helping the Kane County Cougars (D'backs Lo-A affiliate) defeat the Cubs Lo-A South Bend affiliate 4-1 on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Wednesday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.

Diamondbacks relievers retired a combined 30 of the last 33 hitters they faced on the two fields.

Wladimir Galindo stroked a two-run 1st inning HR and SP Jose Paulino hurled three shutout innings with five strikeouts (including the first four men he faced) for the Pelicans in a losing cause on Field #6,.and Christopher Morel doubled and singled and scored a run and Delvin Zinn roped an RBI triple and a single in the South Bend loss on Field #5.  

CF Jose Gutierrez and 1B Rafael Mejia were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa squad to the Myrtle Beach squad for the day to provide additional late-inning position-player replacements beyond what the Pelicans had available.

Both games were eight inning affairs.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


FIELD #5:

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, PO)
1b. Kwangmin Kwon, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
2b. Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Jonathan Sierra, DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7)
3b. Alexander Guerra, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
4b. Abraham Rodriguez, RF: 0-2 (F-7, 6-3)
5a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (P-5, 1B)
5b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
6a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
6b. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Austin Filiere, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, 6-4-3 DP, 6-3)
8. Delvin Zinn, 2B-SS: 2-3 (3B, L-9, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, K)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Emilio Ferrebus: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)  
5. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
3B Cam Balego: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 0-3 CS

TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Kwangmin Kwon - runner on 1st base thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score on double into LF corner

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FIELD #6

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-2 (4-3, L-8)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, R, SB, CS)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 1-3 (HR, K, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
4. Brandon Hughes, RF: 2-3 (2B, L-9, 1B, SB)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, DH: 1-3 (1B, P-6, K, CS)
6. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 3-U)
7a. Joe Martarano, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, P-3)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (K)
8a. Michael Cruz, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
8b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (K)
9a. Chris Singleton, LF: 0-1 (BB, K)
9b. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-1 (P-3)
10. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, F-9, 5-3)

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Brian Glowicki: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (10 strikes)

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Michael Cruz: 0-2 CS
2. Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS

MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jose Gutierrez - batter thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double off CF Batter's Eye into triple

ATTENDANCE: 46

WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

PHIL, have the MIA's reported yet? Interested in Sepulveda.

PHIL, have the MIA's reported yet?

HAGSAG: Carlos Sepulveda is in Minor League Camp. He had off-season shoulder surgery so he is restricted to limited field activity only (he can run but he can't hit or throw). I have not seen Marcus Mastrobuoni, Ruben Reyes, or Braxton Light, and I don't know their present status.

yeah...screw this hot garbage...new "pace of play" rules for minor league games...

as someone who watches a lot of minor league games, bleh.  also, they wouldn't be doing this if they didn't think it could one day transfer to the bigs.

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/minor-league-b...

The bizarre extra inning rules, which I have a hard time believing will come to MLB, are the only hot garbage I see here. They should add enforcing the batters box rules.

that is the main one for me.  i really hope they don't adopt in MLB.  it was interesting, but ultimately anti-climatic in the WBC (imo).

i don't like the pitch time rules because it really doesn't save that much time, though some would take any time saved as a positive.

some people won't have an issue with either of these.

Don't mind the clocks in minor leagues. Ballplayers are creatures of habit and a clock in the minors should condition them to be naturally quicker between pitches in the majors. I think creating some better pace of game habits in the minors would be a better first step than directly applying them to the majors. As far as a runner on base during extras, I think they should double down on this idea. Put the runner on base, BUT . . . make him do the spin around the baseball bat gimmick between every pitch like the between innings game fans play.

Sonicwind75 is my next choice for MLB commissioner...just going on record on that matter.

The runner on 2nd rule is dumb. It's actually the NCAA college softball rule. In extra innings in regular season softball games they put a runner on 2nd. MiLB should just do the spring training rule.....play 10 innings then it ends in a tie. I could deal with a tie in MiLB. They could use a point system like hockey does. 2pts for wins, 1 for ties. But, The runner on 2nd just puts extra stress on relief pitchers.

It also means we'll see a lot more sac bunts. Whee!

sac bunts puts asses in seats! it's what the people want! btw, that's exactly what's happened in the WBC...man on 2nd, sac bunt, then try to hit the guy in.

Didn't know that

A tie makes far more sense than suddenly changing the way the game works. I also don't think extra innings are the real time problem. The issue that should be addressed is the dead time in a 9-inning game. If there's still the rare 14-inning game but 9-inning games are back to 2:40 instead of 3:40, I don't see that as a problem. From a player's or manager's perspective, I see a tie after 10 or 12 or something as a boon. Winning an extra-inning game is mostly a coin flip, and burning through your bullpen for a coin flip isn't very appealing. I'll take the tie instead.

Don't minor league games allow a player to lead off every innings when they are on rehab. In the end the games don't matter so I don't really care what rules they use so long as it helps development.

Only in extended spring training.

Chess Clock? Rather than a clock-per-pitch, I like the idea of some type of chess clock between the batter & pitcher. Could have it run per inning or per game. Diffuses the responsibility for keeping the game moving to the team, but still allows for flexibility within the game. In the right circumstances, I'm fine with players stepping out of the box or off the rubber. If a pitcher/batter wants to really slow the pace, then at some point that player or the team will need to think about picking it back up. Could have the clock reset per inning, with some type of "roll-over-minutes" feature. Also a mandate that coaches/managers have to at least jog (run?) to the mound for a visit... they're already wearing athletic apparel for crying out loud.

I was under the impression Filiere was finishing his schooling at MIT, and joining after.

 

Apparently not.

Phil -- Is there a schedule posted anywhere for the backfield games?

Usually, the only posted schedule is in the minor league facilities. The home and road back fields often have notices of sorts.

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  • BobbyD 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 35 min ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.

     

  • Cubster 6 hours 44 min ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.

     

  • Alexander Dimm 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I've been following this all spring and I fully agree.  Let's not risk the health of these ballplayers.  Let's plan for 2021 an be done with 2020.  I know that whole game will be changed next year but it's already morphing now.  Just start with a clean slate.  I don't want scientists watching baseball when they should be working on a vaccine.

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 31 min ago (view)

    I love baseball as much as anyone, but I cant see this working. Put the 2020 season on the shelf and plan for 2021. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    i still don't understand how any of this retains momentum if a team has an outbreak...

    it seems like that would put a pause on things not only effecting the team with the outbreak, but the schedule and future opponents...and past opponents who recently played the team with an outbreak...

    if it gets started, hopefully it can roll to end without going off the rails.  it all seems so fragile with a lot of moving pieces.

     

  • CubbyBlue 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I wish I felt better about the possibility of baseball this year. All those details - it just seems like something's not going to work. And to me the worst thing that could happen is they get started and 2 weeks later have to shut it down, then try to start it up again. 
    Baseball's role this summer is meant to uplift, and that scenario feels soul-crushing.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    add the bjays to the list...

    whatever works to get people paid.

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers will keep their baseball operations staff intact for all of 2020.

    There will be no furloughs and only top executives in the organization will take pay cuts."

    2020 has officially crossed the line now...making me like the brewers...

    seriously though, it's about time some of these 100s-millionaire to billionaire owners acted like this.

    brewers, wsox, cards, and twins have all promised full pay for employees through june+ (and maybe longer when revisited)

     

  • crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    the "slow opening" seems to be starting up this weekend and into next week for a variety of clubs...whether it's the ballpark or training facitlies.  most all of the player access seems to be limited to those on the 40-man and nothing mandatory.

    nothing for the cubs yet (that i've heard about).  chicago is still a bit "hot" but AZ is open for sports...

     

  • crunch 1 week 7 hours ago (view)

    i can't speak for this or all of the US, but my state govt level safety committee reports kinda shape up like this...and this aggregated view stated below is my own...

    we're still technically short for how all pieces of the testing scheme interact with each other on whole, but it's catching up and should be rolling smoothly for a task like this (seems to be a dedicated lab for all MLB) by the time the season is proposed to start.

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 15 hours ago (view)

    They plan on testing 10.000 per week? I thought we were short of tests. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    i would be surprised to see this go start-to-finish without some kind of stupid drama.  it's not that covid is gonna kill a gazillion people while they bleed from their eyes or something...it's that it's so easy to pass it others.  if you find one guy positive, chances are pretty high he's taking down a handful of others with him even if they're all good to go in a couple weeks and feel fine during that downtime.

     

  • Craig A. 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    This is going to be full of surprises. Young players who don't feel that bad may be angry that they can't  play.  A team may loose several players at once. They'll need a taxi squad that doesn't practice with the main team. Even the best plan can't prepare teams for every possibility. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that MLB plans to process upward of 10,000 COVID-19 tests per week, according to a draft of the league's health-and-safety manual.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    some audio from him describing his symptoms...

    https://www.click2houston.com/sports/2020/05/14/fo...