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
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Wrigley Rat 16 hours 18 min ago (view)
- 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 24 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 31 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 17 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 14 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 17 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...
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.