Cubs Use Slaughter Rule to Tie Snappers at Riverview
Nelson Velazquez laced an RBI double and a single and Jake Slaughter belted a game-tying two-run double as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) rallied to tie the Beloit Snappers (Oakland Athletics Lo-A affiliate) 4-4 on Field #5, and Jeremy Eierman collected four RBI (by way of a two-run double and a two-run single), Lizaro Armenteros clubbed a solo HR, and RHSP Brady Feigl hurled three innings of one-run ball and combined with four relievers on a five-hitter with nine strikeouts, helping the Stockton Ports (A's Hi-A affiliate) cruise past the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 7-1 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Friday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
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.
And MLB NRI catcher Francisco Arcia wandered into the backfields in about the 4th inning and was invited to be a DH in the South Bend game. He went 1-2 with a double into the right-centerfield alley and an F-9 (near-HR) to the warning track.
Here are the abridged box scores from the games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Artis, CF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
1b. Josue Huma, PH-SS: 0-0 (BB, BB, 2 SB)
2a. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-2 (P-6, K)
2b. Yonathan Perlaza, PH-3B: 0-0 (BB, BB, SB)
3a. Luke Reynolds, 3B: 0-2 (L-4, 4-1)
3b. Chris Singleton, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, P-3)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (1B+E9, K, R)
4b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-0 (BB, HBP, R)
5a. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3, RBI)
5b. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (F-8, 2B, R)
6a. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
6b. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-2 (2B, K)
7a. Nelson Velazquez, LF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI, PO)
7b. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, 2 RBI)
8a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (BB, F-8)
8b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-2 (6-3, F-8)
9. Kwangmin Kwon, DH #1: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, K)
10. Francisco Arcia, DH #2: 1-2 (2B, F-9)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Faustino Carrera,: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Yovanny Cruz: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 44 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Yunior Perez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 16 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Nathan Sweeney: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Luke Reynolds: E-5 (overthrow to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (errant throw on attempted 3-6 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
3. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-1 (BB, BB, K)
1b. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-1 (L-8)
2a. Jimmy Herron, RF: 0-3 (5-4 FC, P-2, 6-3, R)
2b. Zach Davis, RF: 0-1 (F-9)
3a. Andy Weber, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-7)
3b. Rafael Narea, PH-SS: 0-2 (F-8, F-8)
4a. Austin Filiere, 3B: 0-2 (4-6 FC, K)
4b. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-2 (1B, E-6)
5a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
5b. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-2 (1-6 FC, 6-4 FC)
6a. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
6b. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B)
7a. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
7b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-2 (1-3, K)
8a. Brandon Vicens, DH: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Luis Ayala, PH: 0-1 (K)
9a. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-1 (HBP, K)
9b. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-0 (BB)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Ryan Lawlor: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Robert Robbins: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Brady Miller: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (17 strikes)
6. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jonathan Soto: 0-2 CS
2. Gustavo Polanco: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
George Altman 37 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 23 min 9 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 1 hour 44 min ago (view)
Norwood back down and Maples and Tim Collins back up. A nine man bullpen for today at least.
Charlie 2 hours 7 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 38 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil, oh I mean Tim.
tim815 2 hours 49 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 28 min ago (view)
Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa.
Hagsag 7 hours 11 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 9 hours 53 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 19 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 35 min ago (view)
cubs lose, brewers lose, cardinals lose, pirates lose...
Charlie 16 hours 40 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 19 hours 44 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 10 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 17 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.
Karl Pagel Blues 23 hours 38 min ago (view)
Norwood doesn't have the electric stuff of Maples but is able to put the ball over the plate.
Cubs sure seem to have their share of righty relief pitchers in Iowa who can help out during the summer.