Strumpf Keeps Cookin' Arizona Taters

Chase Strumpf blasted a solo HR over the LF fence to account for the only run of what was a very brief Cubs AZ Instructional League intrasquad game played Monday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The Cubs AZIL game at Rockies was canceled, and only two of the Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw in the AZIL game ended up pitching in the intrasquad game.

The game was called with two outs in the top of the third inning after both pitchers completed their scheduled work.  

The DH was not used in the game (eight-man batting orders were employed instead) to maximize the number of plate appearances each position player would get over the course of the very short game.

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Cole Roederer, CF: 1-1 (BB, 1B+E8, CS)
2. Bryce Windham, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8) 
3. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
4. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (5-3)
5. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
6. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
7. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-1 (2B) 
8. Jacob Wetzel, LF: 0-1 (F-8)

1. Kevin Made, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 1-3)
2. Andy Weber, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
3. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (K) 
4. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
5. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-0 (BB) 
6. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-1 (6-3) 
7. Yonathan Perlaza, CF: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Alfonso Rivas, LF: PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY - NO AB 

Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (17 strikes)|

Cam Sanders: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (22 strikes) 


CF Yonathan Perlaza: E-8 (over-ran line-drive-hit to CF allowing batter to advance two extra bases) 

Ethan Hearn: 1-1 CS 

CF Yonathan Perlaza: Batter/runner (Cole Roederer) thrown out 8-6-2 attempting to complete 1B+E8 inside-the-park HR


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 


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


darvish/bauer/degrom CY finalists.

gotta imagine bauer is the odds favorite.

ross/mattingly/tingler MOY finalists.

mattingly taking the f'n marlins to the playoffs is going to get heavy props for an already popular guy around the game.  they lost 105 games last year (31-29 this year, first winning season since 2009).

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Dillon Maples does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 


  • crunch 9 hours 41 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom is the new cubs all-time rookie HR leader.


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    The Cubs will very likely be splitting the AZIL position players into two 14-man squads (like they did last year), with each squad playng in every other-game, and with the other squad having a Camp Day instructional work-out on a back-field when that squad is not playing in a game. There will also be five combined Camp Days during the course of the four weeks for all players from both squads.  


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 21 min ago (view)

    DJL: No. Signing a 2022 minor league successor contract would only matter with regard to a player in the Arizona Fall League, because the AFL schedule goes past the date when minor leaguers are declared free-agents. 

    AZ Instructs ends on October 16th, which is about two or three weeks before minor league free-agency, so the three guys at Cubs Instructs who are eligible to be free-agehts after the World Series (Dakota Chalmers. Nicholas Padilla, and Eury Ramos) do not need to sign successor contracts in order to play in AZIL games. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Charlie. I lost my father almost 2 years ago now, some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Wrigley with him.

    All the best wishes to you, sir.


  • First.Pitch.120 13 hours 39 min ago (view)

    If you had Bote in the '11-'12- '13 Cubs draft dead pool, then you are a winner!


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Dakota Chalmers... interesting. He's scheduled to be a MILB FA, correct? Would this be a good sign he has signed a successor deal?


  • Cubster 14 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Maples dfa. Double Martini too.  Hoerner and Thompson back and Keegan to start today. Hoerner bats 5th.


  • crunch 14 hours 56 min ago (view)

    it's never a good time to be in the hospital, but things are extra complicated right now.

    hope everything goes well for everyone.

    go cubs


  • Charlie 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Listening to this in a hospital room because we are blacked out on I don't know which surprises me more, that the Cubs haven't beaten the Brewers since April or that the Cubs beat the Brewers in April.


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.


  • Jackstraw 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.


  • Eric S 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.


  • George Altman 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?


  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.


  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip 4.81era - 1.35whip