9th Inning Rally & Walk-Off Helps Cubs Sweep Giants at Riverview

Dalton Hurd laced a two-strike opposite-field line drive RBI single to right to tie the game and D. J. Artis followed two batters later with a walk-off game-winning RBI single to CF, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) rallied from a 2-1 deficit entering the bottom of the 9th to edge the Augusta Greenjackets (San Francisco Giants Lo-A affiliate) 3-2 on Field #5, and SP Ryan Williams and four relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) blanked the San Jose Giants (Hi-A affiliate of the Giants) 1-0 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Sunday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.      

Cubs coaches played Irish Folk Music during morning BP and it obviously really inspired the lads!  

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

FIELD #5

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB, SB)
1b. D. J. Artis, CF: 1-1, (HBP, 1B, RBI)
2. Christopher Morel, DH: 1-3 (2B, BB, K, F-8)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, P-3)
3b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 1-2 (P-6, 2B, R)
4b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (1B, P-6)
5a. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, P-3)
5b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-2 (P-2, K)
6a. Brennen Davis, LF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, PO) 
6b. Chris Singleton, LF: 0-1 (6-3, BB, R)
7. Clayton Daniel, 2B: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 1-3, 1B+E8, R, RBI)
8a. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
8b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI)
9a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-3)
9b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-2 (K, FC) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Derek Casey: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 4/4 GO/AO, 44 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Riley McCauley: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (22 strikes) 
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Ethan Roberts: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 3 
1. 3B Jake Slaughter: E-5 (errant throw to 1st allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Clayton Daniel:  E-4: (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 3B Jake Slaughter: E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extended batter's AB) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 0-2 CS 

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FIELD #6

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Aramis Ademan, DH: 0-1 (6-3, 1-3 SH, BB)
1b. Andy Weber, PH-DH: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 4-6 FC, RBI, SB)
2a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, P-3)
2b. Jimmy Herron, CF: 0-1 (K) 
3. Luke Reynolds, 1B: 0-3 (K, BB, 3-U, 5-3)
4. Fidel Mejia, 2B: 0-4 (4-3, K, 6-3, K)
5a. Cole Roderer, CF: 2-3 (L-4, 1B, 1B)
5b. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
6. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (4-3, F-9, F-9, 5-3)
7a. Brandon Hughes, LF: 0-2 (K, E-3)
7b. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-1 (1B, BB)
8a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (1B, F-7)
8b. Michael Cruz, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
9. Levi Jordan, 3B: 0-4 (6-4 FC, K, F-9, F-8) 

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Ryan Williams: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Corey Black: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Jake Steffens: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO,  35 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Ryan Kellogg: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS
NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 68 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Very curious to know how Ryan Williams is looking. Seems unlikely he could crack one of the loaded AA or AAA rotations, so where does he go from here if he’s healthy and stretched out to start?

BRADSBEARD: Ryan Williams has been pitching very well so far. He was moved-down to the Tennessee squad from the Iowa group last week, and while he pitched for Myrtle Beach today (Sunday), it remains to be seen if he will be moved to the Myrtle Beach squad or remain with Tennessee (pitchers sometimes move down a level to get work, just like when an MLB SP throws in a Minor League game).  

Williams' FB is still only in the mid-80's, but his control is exceptional (he threw an amazing 85% strikes in Sunday's game), and he mixes his pitches (FB, CV, CH) very well to get maximum benefit from his stuff. 

The Cubs minor league managers and coaches love Williams because it's like having an extra pitching coach on the team. Many of the younger pitchers gravitate to him and talk to him about pitching, and because he went through a major rehab after undergoing shoulder surgery the rehabbing pitchers go to him for advice as well, so I think the Cubs will do everything they can to keep him in the minor league system, even if it's just the 13th man on the Myrtle Beach staff. 

Seems like a great guy to have around as part of the pitching “infrastructure.” Would still love to see him make it, but glad he’s made the most of his injuries. 

Clayton Daniel, presumably.

TINM: Yes. Clayton Daniel. Thank you.  

No worries. I see one name and type another too often, myself.

I am hoping for a full recovery and a good season for Carlos Sepulveda.. 

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  • CubbyBlue 2 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

     

  • crunch 12 hours 11 min ago (view)

    "Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

    that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 26 min ago (view)

    The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).  

     

  • cubbies.4ever 18 hours 53 min ago (view)

    My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 53 min ago (view)

    And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career). 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 19 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace.  If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI?  This ownership has given him nothing this year.  Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.

     

  • tim815 19 hours 32 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have a better talent pipeline than on Thursday.

    I'm good.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 47 min ago (view)

    at least they gave up a chunk of nothing for him (clayton daniel, no power (not even doubles power), not notable speed, middle IF/OFr).

    it would probably be better appreciated by fans if the entire offseason wasn't stuff like this.

    it's obvious the front office is trying to work with what they have...which is little to nothing from the ownership.

     

  • cubbies.4ever 20 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Cubs acquire Casey Sadler from LA....another Tommy John Surgery pitcher.  Theo does it again.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 49 min ago (view)

    it gets better...

    "Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have "considered/discussed" Jacoby Ellsbury."

    sigh.  dude hasn't played in 2 seasons and is 36.5 years old.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 5 min ago (view)

    cubs sign tyler olsen to a minor league contract, 650K if he makes the majors.

    evidently the cubs are sourcing 2020 players out of that trash can houston was banging on.

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    carlos beltran "steps down" from the mets manager job

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Both piggy-backing off of CubbyBlue.  Or at least I was.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    You have done your homework Phil. 

     

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