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) 


FIELD #5 

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
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)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS
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  

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FIELD #6 

IOWA LINEUP:
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) 

IOWA PITCHERS
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 

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ATTENDANCE: 94 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

Arizona 
Scoring 
Service 

"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

Not one, not two, but - THREE - simultaneous six inning Cubs minor league intrasquad "sim" games on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex this morning (9 AM start): 

The Arizona Scoring Service chose not to provide comprehensive box scores for the games so that AZ Phil's head would not explode, but at least here are the pitchers who threw in the three games: 

FIELD #6 (Iowa vs Tennessee) 

IOWA: 
Matt Swarmer (five innings) 
Dakota Mekkes (one inning) 

TENNESSEE: 
Cory Abbott (five innings) 
Manuel Rondon (one inning) 

FIELD #5 (Myrtle Beach vs South Bend) 

MYRTLE BEACH: 
Javier Assad (five innings) 
Garrett Kelly (one inning) 

SOUTH BEND: 
Riley Thompson (five innings) 

FIELD #4 (Eugene/Mesa split squad) 

SQUAD "A" 
Ryan Lawlor (two innings) 
Jack Patterson (two inings) 
Ivan Medina (one inning) 

SQUAD "B" 
Jose Albertos (two innings) 
Yunior Perez (two innings) 
Ivan Medina (two innings) 

Only two of the pitchers who threw in the game on Field #4 (Albertos and Y. Perez) are presently assigned to the Eugene/Mesa squad. With the exception of I. Medina, the pitchers who worked in this game were there specifically so that they could throw two innings (30 pitches).  

Fidel Mejia hit his third Cub Minor League Camp HR in the game on Field #5 (he leads Cubs minor leaguers in HR this ST), and he could very well make the South Bend Opening Day roster. The switch-hitting third-baseman has been one of the surprises at Cubs Minor League Camp (so far). 

The A.S. S. needs to hire a couple of underlings to help out.

A.S.S.istants

I don't know. For underlings, I might say A.S.S. Bottoms?

d.descalso is due to return this week and will allegedly be opening day ready...

y.darvish is good to go after his 5 inning minor leuge game on saturday, and he's expected to start the 2nd game of the season for the cubs.

wtf is r.porcello's skull made of?

how is he walking around and laughing?  he takes a comebacker off the skull hard enough to fly well into CF and he's staying in the game.

cole hamels hit a no-doubt HUGE legit HR to CF off porcello...wow.

what a game...nice.  cubs win.

k.ryan effectively closed out the game.  i imagine he's probably going to break with the team now that duensing is out of the picture even though a.webster is probably more deserving.  who knows...

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  • Eric S 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it. 

     

  • crunch 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    no kimbrel...but another decent jeffress outing

     

  • Cubster 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Fly the W. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 44 min ago (view)

    So we keep Phegley ostensibly to get Caratini into lineup as DH and have a different backup C so we don't get caught in the exact situation we knowingly and avoidably put ourselves in tonight?

     

  • crunch 5 hours 1 min ago (view)

    this game is now "bryant watch"...also will 4 runs be enough for kimbrel?  gotta imagine he's due to get work even if it's not a save situation.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 23 min ago (view)

    early returns on that bomb to LF are looking good.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 30 min ago (view)

    That one looked like it got all bone. Here's hoping it didn't go full Todd Hollandsworth.

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Cubs did both Dietrich and the Rangers a solid 

    Wouldn't be a season without the Cubs and Rangers having some form of transaction 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 54 min ago (view)

    called up and in the lineup for TEX tonight.  hell of a few days for him.

     

  • Eric S 9 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Cleveland Game 2: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Happ, JHey, Bote (3B), Caratini (DH), Kipnis

    Schwarber was in initial lineup but removed due to a knee contusion - I imagine a result of the hard breaking ball which popped him in the knee last night. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Rea has been a very nice surprise so far. Hopefully he can keep it up this year and going forward. We have a few more years of team control.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order.  He's looked impressive in his two appearances. 

     

  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye

     

  • Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    He's the anti-Kimbrel 

     

  • Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.