Cubs Loosen Lugnuts at Sloan Park

Luis Vazquez clubbed an opposite-field HR onto the right-centerfield berm on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, Luis Verdugo blasted a solo HR and singled, and Fidel Mejia laced a two-run double, leading the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 5-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (Oakland Athletics' Hi-A affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Saturday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Marty Bechina belted a solo HR for the Lugnuts in a losing cause. 

The game was called after six innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only) 

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:  
1a. Luis Vazquez, 3B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
1b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-2 (2B, K, 2 RBI)
2a. Bryce Windham, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
2b. Caleb Knight, C: 0-1 (FC) 
3a. D. J. Wilson, RF: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 6-3) 
3b. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-1 (K) 
4a. Cole Roederer, LF: 0-2 (6-4 FC, L-4)
4b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-1 (P-6)
5a. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 0-1 (6-3 BB) 
5b. Scott McKeon, 2B: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
6. Nelson Maldonado, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 4-6-3 DP, K)
7. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-3 (1B, HR, 5-3, R, RBI)
8. Nelson Velazquez, CF-DH: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, BB, K, R)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, DH-CF: 1-3 (F-9, 2B, K, R)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Cam Sanders: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Brandon Hughes: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Matteo Bocchi: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Infielders Ed Howard IV, Fabian Pertuz, Ryan Reynolds, and Yeison Santana, 1B Grayson Byrd, and OF Darius Hill  have been moved down to the Myrtle Beach (Lo-A) squad from the South Bend (Hi-A) squad at Minor League Camp. 

Phil, what are your thoughts on the newbies coming our way in the Darvish trade? Thanks.

Hi Phil, are they letting you into Sloan?  Great to see your write-ups!! 

The Cubs minor leaguers are not playing games against other organizations every day because it's kind of a hassle what with all of the CoViD protocols, so the Cubs have been playing a lot of intrasquad / sim games. 

Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.

he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout.  nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.

He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.  

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  • Wrigley Rat 16 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Tyler Suellentrop:
    - 92-95 mph https://twitter.com/P15Sports/status/1371873329565...
    - Dominant in the B9th with a 1-2-3 frame, striking out all three batters. FB 93-97 T98 https://twitter.com/rayteodora1/status/13015758552...

     

  • crunch 16 hours 18 min ago (view)

    it's really cool how playing vs DET in 2021 counts toward the MLB win/loss totals of a team.  it's like using a cheat code.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 25 min ago (view)

    there has been a ton of fringe signings the past 48 hours by many teams...guys that were not playing organized ball or playing indie ball for the past 1-2+ seasons.

     

  • tim815 21 hours 11 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have apparently signed Tyler Suellentrop, a pitcher drafted by Seattle in 2018 from Indian River Community College in Florida. He's been assigned to Myrtle Beach. I expect he'll pitch on Friday.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 8 min ago (view)

    wrigley going 60% capactity may 28th.  hopefully we'll be 100% by july/august.

    we're getting closer to "normal."  i hope we can get things stable for those that can't get a vax, and those that are still refusing or on the fence will cross over and join the rest of functioning society.

    as someone who was on strong chemo with a wide open immune system a decade ago, i'm thinking about them and others in similar health conditions.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago. 

     

  • videographer 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago.  Too bad he didn't pan out.  Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.

     

  • tim815 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500

     

  • crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/chipper-jones-sciambi-lau...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...

     

  • tim815 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.