Cubs Pitchers Spin Intrasquad Shutout at Riverview
James Norwood, Cory Abbott, Yovanny Cruz, and Scott Effross combined to toss a four-hit shutout, Kevin Zamudio drilled a two-run HR, a single, and a double, Nelson Velazquez singled, doubled, and walked, and Chris Carrier smacked a solo HR, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Sunday morning on John Arguello Way at the Rivervierw Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Donnie Dewees (acquired in a trade with KC Friday evening) played LF for four innings and collected a single and a SB.
RHRP James Norwood came over from MLB Camp and threw an easy 1-2-3 1st inning for the winning squad. Taylor Davis also came over to Minor League Camp to serve as Norwood's "personal" catcher, and as is the case when a pitcher on an MLB 40-man roster pitches in a Minor League game, Norwood gets to use the higher-quality MLB baseball (manufactured in Costa Rica) instead of the cheaper minor league model (which is manufactured in China).
RHSP Matt Swarmer left the game with a finger blister after warming up in the top of the 2nd (he had a 1-2-3 eleven-pitch 1st inning with two strikeouts). He was scheduled to work three innings or throw 45 pitches (whichever came first), but (as it turned out) that didn't happen.
Here is the box score from the game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Austin Filiere, 3B: 1-2 (F-8 SF-DP, 1B, K, R, RBI)
2a. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI, SB)
2b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 3-3 (1B, HR, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB)
4a. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
5a. Taylor Davis, C: NO AB
5b. Chris Pieters, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
5c. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
6a. Yeiler Peguero, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, C 0-1 (5-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 2nd TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
7a. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-1 (3-U)
7b. Chris Singleton, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-7, R, SB)
8a. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-0 (BB)
8b. Rafael Narea, SS: 1-2 (1B, K, 6-3, SB)
9a. Michael Cruz, DH-C-DH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
9b. Chris Carrier, PH-DH: 1-3 (K, HR, F-9, R, RBI)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1a. Evan Marzilli, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
1b. Christopher Morel, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
2a. Donnie Dewees, LF: 1-2 (3-U, 1B, SB)
2b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-0 (HBP)
2c. Tyler Payne, C: 1-1 (1B)
3a. Robel Garcia, 3B: 0-1 (F-7)
3b. D. J. Wilson, PH-CF: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 4-6-3 DP)
4a. Ian Rice, C 0-0 (BB)
4b. Brandon Hughes, PH-LF: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
5a. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 0-1 (P-2 DP)
5b. Eddy Julio Martinez, PH-RF: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, K)
6a. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 1-1 (3B)
6b. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-0 (BB, K)
7a. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-1 (K)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (5-4 FC, F-7)
8a. Fernando Kelli, RF: 0-1 (K)
8b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
9a. Fidel Mejia, DH: 0-1 (3-U)
9b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-2 (F-9, K)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Cory Abbott: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Yovanny Cruz: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Scott Effross: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Matt Swarmer: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Ryan Kellogg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Zach Hedges: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 17 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Brailyn Marquez: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (28 strikes)
6. Faustino Carrera: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS:
SQUAD "B" ERRORS:
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Michael Cruz: 0-1 CS
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS
SQUAD "B" : OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF D. J. Wilson - Baserunner (Rafael Narea) thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-8
WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
George Altman 25 min 9 sec ago (view)
Yeah, a 3 man bench. That should work out well.
George Altman 26 min 51 sec ago (view)
I go back to Phil Regan as the closer and I agree 100%. Maybe this IS relief pitching in the modern era. Name the closers who strung together 5+ great seasons?....Rivera, Hoffman, Sutter, Gossage, Eckersley. It's not a big list especially when Lee Smith makes the HOF...or maybe I'm still pissed about Game 4 in San Diego, 1984.
udbrky 49 min 23 sec ago (view)
Wow, it's so awesome to see someone re-evaluate like that, you made my day! He's also just a fun guy. Seems like a great teammate!
Hagsag 2 hours 10 min ago (view)
Norwood back down and Maples and Tim Collins back up. A nine man bullpen for today at least.
Charlie 2 hours 33 min ago (view)
You know, this gave me reason to second guess my feeling about Strop, and he is clearly very consistent. His ERA, peripherals, and even velocity have been really consistent during his time as a Cub. Good call, udbrky!
Hagsag 3 hours 4 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil, oh I mean Tim.
tim815 3 hours 16 min ago (view)
Not Phil, but, the DSL guys not ready to regularly get out AZL hitters will return to Boca Chica as better pitchers than they were.
Hagsag 6 hours 54 min ago (view)
Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa.
Hagsag 7 hours 37 min ago (view)
Phil, I have been looking at the DSL pitching staffs. It doesn't look like there are enough pitchers down in the DR to field two teams. Will some pitchers be going back to the DR shortly? Thanks.
crunch 10 hours 20 min ago (view)
it's a bit of a stretch to say the cubs have had 5 relievers worth bothering ranking unless you count some random guys only around for 1 or 2 seasons...sadly...and oddly considering how old the team is...
sutter, lee, strop...r.myers, h.rondon, dempster, marmol, d.elston...late career charlie root... *shrug*...joe borowski had 2 great seasons and 3 bad ones (1 full, 2 partial) during his cubs tenure...
udbrky 11 hours 45 min ago (view)
Not always consistent is a weird way to describe one of the best 5 relievers the Cubs have ever had.
crunch 14 hours 1 min ago (view)
cubs lose, brewers lose, cardinals lose, pirates lose...
Charlie 17 hours 6 min ago (view)
They need to do something (or multiple somethings) if they want to guard against bullpen-related crashes going forward. I get the sense there's a real chance Morrow doesn't contribute this season, and Strop is not always consistent even when he's healthy.
crunch 20 hours 10 min ago (view)
it's not the worst pen in baseball, but like...this pen sucks. boo. fire everyone. etc.
at least it's not the WAS pen. that pen is hot garbage.
crunch 22 hours 36 min ago (view)
miguel amaya...bat and D at the C position both very promising.
a lot of people like aramis ademan, though i dunno if anyone would consider him an "impact" type player even as a middle IF'r.
jury is still out on how to gauge brennen davis's possible impact. high ceiling, but everyone's still waiting to see what he can actually do while he has his tools tweaked in ARZ.
Karl Pagel Blues 23 hours 44 min ago (view)
Outside of Nico Hoerner, who is on the fast track to Wrigley, Nelson Velazquez, Jonathan Sierra and Cole Roederer are the three hitters in the lower minors that have the most potential to be impact bats down the road, in my opinion. Otherwise, I don't see much that impresses me. Am I missing someone?
Not so for pitching.
Barring injury, unexpected regression and/or trades, there are a number of Cubs MiLB pitchers who I think will make it to the majors.