Hudson Dominates South Bend at Riverview

SP Bryan Hudson hurled five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts and Josue Huma singled twice, doubled, scored a run, and drove-in another, as the Eugene/Mesa Cubs (soon to be the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad) blanked the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) 4-0 in Minor League Spring Training game action Saturday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. 

The majority of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were excused from having to play in the game so that they could prepare for their trip Sunday to South Carolina (the Pelicans open their season Tuesday night in an exhibition game versus Charleston Southern University), but the three MB pitchers who were scheduled to throw on Saturday (Hudson, Peyton, and King) did pitch in the game, albeit with the youngsters from the Eugene/Mesa squad playing behind them (and it turned out to be a winning combination, too!). 

Meanwhile the South Bend Cubs continue to struggle at the plate, striking out nine more times for a total of 29 strikeouts and only one run scored in their last 18 innings over the past two days.  

In South Bend Cubs roster news, RHSP Yovanny Cruz has been moved-down to Eugene/Mesa from the South Bend squad.     

And so this is the South Bend Cubs provisional Opening Day roster (27 players - two players over the 25 man Opening Day roster limit):   

STARTING PITCHERS: Faustino Carrera, Derek Casey, Eury Ramos, Cam Sanders, and Riley Thompson   
PIGGY-BACK STARTER: Brailyn Marquez
BULLPEN: Dalton Geekie, Ryan Lawlor, Riley McCauley, Zach Mort, Eugenio Palma, Jeffrey Passantino, Peyton Remy, and Ethan Roberts 
CATCHERS: Eric Gonzalez, Rafelin Lorenzo, and Gustavo Polanco
INFIELDERS: Tyler Durna, Levi Jordan, Fidel Mejia, Rafael Narea, Andy Weber, and Delvin Zinn 
OUTFIELDERS: D. J. Artis, Cole Roederer, Jonathan Sierra, and Nelson Velazquez 

One pitcher and one position player will need to be taken off the roster prior to Opening Day.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (P-6, 2B, K, 6-4 FC, R, CS)
2. Josue Huma, SS: 3-3 (1B, 2B, 1B, R, RBI, PO)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-3 (4-1, K, F-8)
4. Alexander Guerra, C:  0-1 (BB, F-7, BB)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, 5-3, 6-4 FC)
6. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
7. Dalton Hurd, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
8. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-3 (L-8, 2B, F-8, R) 
9. Danny Zardon, DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, RBI, CS)

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. D. J. Artis, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K)
2. Cole Roederer, DH #1: 0-2 (6-3 DP, BB, 3-1)
3. Andy Weber, SS: 0-3 (K, 4-6-3 DP, 5-3)
4. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
6. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Tyler Durna, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
8. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
9. Gustavo Polanco, 1B:1-2 (1B, L-6, SB)
10. Levi Jordan, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)

EUGENE/MESA PITCHERS
1. Bryan Hudson: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 5/0 GO/AO, 74 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Eury Ramos: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 2/6 GO/AO, 71 pitches (48 strikes) 
2. Peyton Remy: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA ERRORS: NONE 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

EUGENE/MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
Rafelin Lorenzo: 2-3 CS 

SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST
RF Jonathan Sierra - batter (Dalton Hurd) thrown out 9-3-6 attempting to advance to 2nd base on RBI single to RF

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

march 31st and ARZ has a 50-60mph throwing backup catcher throw 54 pitches over 2 innings.  it's gonna be a long season, ARZ...

jr murphy 2ip 8h 3bb 0k, 7r/er

...and russell martin (LAD) makes his pitching debut in the 9th...2 catchers as the current pitchers...neat.  martin is featuring a 80-84 mph fastball and some kind of low 70 changeup thing with no command.

1ip 0h 0bb 0k.  david ross (2 games, 2ip 0h 0bb 0k) approves.

btw, david ross got his first MLB HR playing for LAD off a ARZ position player named mark grace.

v.caratini made a hell of a catch, but ended it awkwardly...seems to have really smacked his head quite hard falling without being able to brace himself.

given how long he was down and grimacing getting up it's a bit surprising they're going to let him continue catching.  a'ite then.

Trea Turner w walkoff HR vs Mets Justin Wilson, some things just don’t change very much.

2 outs...bases loaded...ham works a 3-2 count on deshields...

grand slam.

sigh.

this pen is already f'n killing me...

chatwood lost his command after 1 inning and montgomery never had it...both got a lot of room to showcase the suck before getting pulled.

barf.

On the bright side, offense looks good.

this could be a long year.

Going to be a long year if some of the depth bullpen pieces acquired/ developed don’t show up this year. The current 8 are pretty putrid.

And six of them can't be sent back to Iowa.

Whatever will we do if somebody takes Brandon Kintzler off our hands!

In seriousness, Edwards CAN go to Iowa. And should if he doesn’t get it together fast.

How did we get to the regular season before anyone made sure that Edwards' mechanical adjustment was legal? I assume he just goes back to his old delivery now?

I was actually thinking today that problem with the Cubs bullpen isn't so much the depth pieces but that most of the current go-to guys are inconsistent (Strop, Edwards) or were just flat bad in this series (Montgomery), and they are in the spotlight right now. Neither the bullpen nor the rotation has a good anchor at the moment. If Darvish were good and Morrow were healthy, the whole pitching part of the game might suddenly look OK. But without that, it's like they lost their backbone (and I mean that in terms of structure, not character).

I think they need to really take a good look at Webster, Maples, Norwood, etc. Also hopefully Cedeno and Barnette aren’t shit when they get healthy.

We just have a lot of guys who we can’t do anything with options wise who we‘re Not willing to give up on. I hope the leash is short. For the record, Monty looks off. I kinda wonder if theres an injury there.

It sounds like he was doing something different during the game than what he had been doing throughout spring training. The motion itself should be legal as long as he doesn't full stop re-plant that foot I guess.  Basing this comment off this article:  https://www.bleachernation.com/2019/04/01/carl-edw...  

Ah! Somebody actually watched him in Spring Training. That's a helpful clarification--thanks for the link!

Well, that series exposed some weaknesses surprisingly effectively for being a relatively close 1-2 series loss.

Well, when you score 12, 6 and 10 runs, you expect to win maybe two games.

I admit to being intrigued by DJL's suggestion of going into rebuild mode. While you're at it, stop playing Heyward. That would draw me back in.

But Theo won't do it. He was fine with jettisoning experienced players when they were Hendry's fault.  But now it's his own mess.

Don't forget that if Chatwood and Darvish can't get their heads clear, Hamels will be another big waste of money.

I'm surprised to hear myself say it, but I think this is Theo's last year.  Thanks for the parade. Sincerely.

Not even a total rebuild... just the bullpen. If it is gonna be trash, then see if the unproven kids with potential can figure it out at the big league level. If it’s between watching Kintzler struggle or watching Webster struggle, give me Webster any day. At least he might become something worthwhile. Not just Webster, really. The whole group of unproven yet talented pitchers. Even if they struggle this year, they’ll have the experience for next year. And the FO will have a years worth of data on them to evaluate.

Interested in the Iowa roster. Lots of cuts or trades to be made to get to 25 players.

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  • bradsbeard 34 min 17 sec ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 1 hour 32 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 5 hours 33 sec ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 6 hours 17 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 6 hours 54 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 5 sec ago (view)

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  • crunch 7 hours 4 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 7 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 7 hours 14 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 14 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 17 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 7 hours 20 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...

     

  • crunch 7 hours 49 min ago (view)

    yeah, a.alzolay can keep on throwing that new slider of his...it's been one hell of a thing to watch the past few games.  i wonder who taught him (or refined) this quickly effective slider.

    the curve is under more control/command, too.

    stoked to see b.marquez later this game (assuming he's pitching today as mentioned in an above post).

    the cubs producing in-house effective MLB pitching would be nice.  alzolay is 2021 ready, but i imagine marquez is more viewed as a 2022 or late 2021 guy.

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I dub this, "The Billy Hamilton Game."

     

  • crunch 8 hours 48 min ago (view)

    hamilton HR...add that to the "odd stuff in 2020" list...first since 2018.