Cubs Offense Like a Machin at Riverview
Vimael Machin ripped an RBI double, singled, and stole a base, Jhonny Pereda singled twice and drove-in a run, and Keegan Thompson and three relievers combined to toss a two-hit shutout, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Monday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
It was a rare day off for the MLB squad (one of only two this spring), so there was no activity on the other side of the UAPC.
Here is the box score from the game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Levi Jordan, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 3-6-3 DP)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-3 (3-U, K, 1-3)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 0-1 (BB, F-7, 2 SB)
4a. Jared Young, DH #1: 0-1 (K)
4b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (F-9)
5. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (1-3, BB)
6. Donnie Dewees, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
7. Jacob Hannemann, RF: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 1-2 (2B, F-9)
9a. Will Remillard, DH-C: 0-1 (L-6)
9b. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 0-1 (F-9)
10. Austin Filiere, 3B: 0-1 (5-3, BB)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Chase Daniel, 2B: 1-3 (3B, L-7, F-9, R)
2. Christian Donahue, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
3. Vimael Machin, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI, SB)
4. Chesny Young, SS: 0-2 (4-2 FC, 6-4-3 DP)
5. Zach Borenstein, LF: 0-2 (L-6, K)
6. Wynton Bernard, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
7. Evan Marzilli, RF: 0-1 (BB, 3-U)
8. Ian Rice, DH: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
9. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI, PO)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Riley McCauley: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Luis Lugo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
NOTE: Bottom of the 5th inning was skipped
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Keegan Thompson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Ryan Williams: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jake Steffens: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R 1 BB, 0 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Manuel Rondon: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS:
SQUAD "B" ERRORS:
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 60's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
George Altman 28 min 57 sec ago (view)
Yeah, a 3 man bench. That should work out well.
George Altman 30 min 39 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 53 min 11 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 14 min ago (view)
Norwood back down and Maples and Tim Collins back up. A nine man bullpen for today at least.
Charlie 2 hours 37 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 8 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil, oh I mean Tim.
tim815 3 hours 19 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 58 min ago (view)
Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa.
Hagsag 7 hours 41 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 23 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 49 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 5 min ago (view)
cubs lose, brewers lose, cardinals lose, pirates lose...
Charlie 17 hours 10 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 14 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 40 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 47 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.