Rucker & Hatch Steal the Yu Show at Riverview
Michael Rucker (five innings) and Tom Hatch (four no hit innings) combined to hurl a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, but neither team could push across a run, and so the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies AA affiliate) and the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) played to a scoreless tie on Field #5, and the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies AAA affiliate) blistered five HR en route to a 13-5 drubbing of the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Cubs) on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Sunday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Zack Short drilled a two-run double for the I-Cubs in a losing cause.
Yu Darvish came over to the Riverview backfields from MLB Camp and got the start for Iowa, going 4.1 IP (71 pitches - 47 strikes), and allowing three runs on five hits (a HR on the very first pitch of the game, a double, and three singles), no walks, one HBP, two wild pitches, eight strikeouts, and 1/4 GO/AO. Despite allowing the three runs, it actually was a decent outing for Yu.
INF Daniel Descalso, who has been nursing a sore shoulder, also came over to the Minor League side from MLB Camp. Descalso batted second in each of the first six innings, going a combined 0-5 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored, and two strikeouts (one swinging and one looking). He looked a bit rusty at the plate. He played 2B for three innings, then moved to 3B for two innings, and then served as a DH, before retiring to the clubhouse in the 7th.
Here are the abridged box scores from the game (Cubs players only)
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-4 (1-3, 1-3, 1B, 1B, SB)
2. Cam Balego, 1B-C: 0-4 (E-5, L-7, K, F-8)
3a. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 1-3 (1-3, F-9, 1B)
3b. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
4b. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-1 (K, BB, SB)
5. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-4 (1-3, 1B, K, 5-3)
6. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 0-4 (4-3, K, K, K)
7a. Christian Donahue, 3B: 1-3 (2B, F-9, F-9)
7b. Danny Zardon, PH: 0-1 (P-3)
8. Jesse Hodges, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8, K)
9. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-3 (P-5, 4-3, L-8)
1. Michael Rucker: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/5 GO/AO, 75 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Tom Hatch: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 59 pitches (36 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Rafelin Lorenzo: 1-1 CS, 1 PO
2. Cam Balego: 1-1 CS
X. Daniel Descalso, 2B-3B-DH: 0-5 (1-3, K, 9-6 FC, K, E-3, BB, R, SB)
NOTE: Descalso batted 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings
1. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 2-4 (3-U, 2B, 1B, 3-1, R)
2a. P. J. Higgins, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI)
2b. Fernando Arcia, C: 0-2 (L-4 DP, 3-1)
3. Trent Giambrone, DH-2B: 0-3 (F-8, K, BB, 4-3, R)
4. Vimael Machin, 3B-DH: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, R, PO)
5a. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-1 (F-8, BB, R)
5b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
6a. Zack Short, SS: 1-1 (BB, 2B, 2 RBI)
6b. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-1 (6-4 FC, RBI)
7a. Tyler Payne, DH #3: 0-0 (BB)
7b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K)
7c. Josue Huma, SS: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
8. Ian Rice, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, K, BB)
9. Brandon Hughes, RF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 6-4-3 DP)
10. D. J. Artis, LF: 0-2 (P-2, BB, K)
1. Yu Darvish: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 71 pitches (47 strikes)
2. Colin Rea: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Wyatt Short: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Ryan Williams: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: 2
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Fidel Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. P. J. Higgins: 0-1 CS
2. Fernando Arcia: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 3 hours 58 min ago (view)
without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them. it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys. that's no way to run things...
JustSayin' 5 hours 17 min ago (view)
So true. The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families. You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor. If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?
crunch 5 hours 48 min ago (view)
there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.
that's a real shame.
JustSayin' 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair. That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche. I find this interesting. Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible. It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries. Those don't even factor in the luxury tax. You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 20 min ago (view)
As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.
crunch 1 day 37 min ago (view)
WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.
the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.
it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB).
CubbyBlue 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!
crunch 1 day 22 hours 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 2 days 4 hours 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 2 days 5 hours 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 2 days 5 hours 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 2 days 5 hours 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 2 days 5 hours 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.