Reynolds, Fennell, and Durna Go Deep, Riley Thompson is Perfect, and Clarkin & Company Fan 16 at Diablo
Tyler Durna stroked a three-run HR and Ian Clarkin, Ryan Kellogg, Javier Assad, amd Scott Effross combined to strike out 16, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) to a 4-2 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) an Field #3, and Luke Reynolds and Grant Fennell each belted a two-run HR, Christopher Morel singled, doubled, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Yonathan Perlaza drilled an RBI triple, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and Riley Thompson hurled three perfect innings and combined with three other pitchers to toss a four-hit shutout, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) blanked the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) 9-0 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Thursday afternoon at Diablo Stadium Fields in Tempe, AZ.
The two Cubs affiliates combined to walk 15 times in the two games (ten by South Bend) and the SB-Cubs also stole seven bases.
As is typical for Cubs Minor League Spring Training games, several players assigned to the bloated South Bend roster were moved-up to higher levels for the day.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Edmond Americaan, LF: 0-2 (K, 5-3, BB)
1b. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-0 (BB)
2a. Zach Davis, CF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, CS)
2b. Brennen Davis, CF: 1-2 (F-7, 1B, RBI, PO)
3a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
3b. Austin Filiere, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
4a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-3 (P-3, 1B, 6-4 FC)
4b. Caleb Knight, C: 0-1 (5-3)
5a. Andy Weber, SS: 0-2 (3-U, 4-6 FC, R)
5b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-2 (K, P-6)
6a. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-2 (L-8, HR, R, 3 RBI)
6b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-2 (P-3, K)
7a. Jimmy Herron, RF: 1-1 (2B, BB)
7b. Luis Ayala, RF: 0-1 (K)
8a. Rafael Narea, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8b. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
9a. Kevin Moreno, DH: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Brandon Vicens, PH: 0-1 (L-7)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Ian Clarkin: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 50 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Ryan Kellogg: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Scott Effross: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (21 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (overthrow to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 0-1 CS
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Artis, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R, SB, CS)
1b. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-2 (6-U FC, HR, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
2b. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB)
3a. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, 5-3)
3b. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 5-3 SH, 3B, R, RBI, SB)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, R)
4b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-8, SB)
5a. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (F-9 SF, K, RBI)
6a. Luke Reynolds, 1B: 1-1 (BB, HR, R, 2 RBI, SB)
6b. Chris Singleton, CF: 0-2 (K, P-2)
7a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (K, 3B, R)
7b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-2 (L-8, F-8)
8. Jamie Galazin, DH: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, BB, R, SB)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (P-6, 4-6 FC, RBI, PO)
9b. Benny Kaleiwahea, C: 0-1 (BB, K)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Eury Ramos: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Riley McCauley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Riley Thompson: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/AO, 34 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS:
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 60's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
George Altman 20 min 1 sec ago (view)
Yeah, a 3 man bench. That should work out well.
George Altman 21 min 43 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 44 min 15 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 5 min ago (view)
Norwood back down and Maples and Tim Collins back up. A nine man bullpen for today at least.
Charlie 2 hours 28 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 2 hours 59 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil, oh I mean Tim.
tim815 3 hours 10 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 49 min ago (view)
Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa.
Hagsag 7 hours 32 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 15 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 40 min ago (view)
Not always consistent is a weird way to describe one of the best 5 relievers the Cubs have ever had.
crunch 13 hours 56 min ago (view)
cubs lose, brewers lose, cardinals lose, pirates lose...
Charlie 17 hours 1 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 5 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 31 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 39 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.