Reds Toss No-Hitter and Cristian's brother Goes Deep in Mesa

Marino Santy, Yoendris Gonzalez, and Eligio Paredes combined to hurl a no-hitter and Alexis Hernandez belted a solo HR over the LF fence and onto Field # 2 to account for game's lone run, as the Cubs "Red Squad" blanked the Cubs "Blue Squad" 1-0 in AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field # 1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as a six-inning affair. 

As things stand right now, the Cubs will be playing only intrasquad games at instructs. Of course the DSL guys are used to that, since DSL Cubs Blue plays DSL Cubs Red in the DSL and have for many years. The Cubs also had two AZL teams in 2018-19, where the AZL Cubs Blue would play the AZL Cubs Red as part of their schedule. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-2 (K, BB, 5-3, SB, CS) 
2. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 1-2 (BB, K, HR, R, RBI) 
3. Cristian Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (5-2 FC, K, K, SB) 
4. Moises Ballesteros, 1B: 0-2 (BB, F-9, F-9) 
5. Andy Garriola, LF: 1-3 (P-2, 6-3, 1B) 
6. Raino Coran, RF: 0-2 (E-3, K, BB) 
7. Reggie Preciado, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
8a. Miguel Pabon, C: 1-1 (1B) 
8b. Adan Sanchez, C: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Christian Olivo, DH: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, F-9) 

1a. Erbin Jaque, LF: 0-2 (K, K) 
1b. Yoanis Aleksandrov, C: 0-1 (K) 
2. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-1 (HBP, P-1, CS) 
3. Christopher Paciolla, SS: 0-2 (K, P-1) 
4. Jefferson Rojas, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, K) 
5. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-9)
6. Josefrailin Alcantara, RF: 0-2 (1-3, P-5)
7. Parker Chavers, DH-LF: 0-2 (K, 4-3) 
8. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-1 (BB, F-9, SB) 
9a. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-0 (BB) 
9b. David Avitia, C-DH: 0-1 (K) 

1. Marino Santy: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Yoendris Gonzalez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. Eligio Paredes: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. Kenyi Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (18 strikes) 
2. Carlos Garcia: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)  
3. Wilbur Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 


1. P Kenyi Perez: E-1 (errant pickoff attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
2. 1B Anderson Suriel: E-3 (errant toss attempting 3-1 put-out allowed batter to reach base safely)

Miguel Pabon: 1-2 CS 

1. Malcom Quintero: 0-1 CS 
2. David Avitia: 1-2 CS 

WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle with temperatures in the 80's



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


The Cubs have signed 23-year old NDFA catcher David Avitia (Grand Canyon University) to a 2023 minor league contract and he has been assigned to the Cubs AZ Instructional League team. It was reported after the 2021 draft that David had signed with the Cubs as a NDFA, but the contract was never filed and he returned to GCU as a grad assistant. 

David's brother Daniel was selected by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2021 draft out of Alhambra HS in Phoenix but he did not sign, instead opting to join his brother at GCU. 

In addtion to David Avitia, the Cubs have also added RHP Joel Sierra and OF Cristian More to their instructs roster.

Good to see Carlos Enrique García getting 2.0 innings in. He missed the whole season due to suspension (PEDs). He had promise before his suspension.

And South Bend just won the rubber game of their playoff series! Woohoo!

W-RAT: Carlos Garcia is listed as 6'4 190, but he's more like 6'5 240. He looks like Chandler Jones. He has a three pitch mix of a heavy high spin FB that gets weak contact, a hard SL that breaks sharply to the back foot of a RH hitter, and a CH, and he could be a candidate for a fast run up the pipeline stateside in 2023. Too bad he missed the 2022 season with the PED suspension, but hopefully the year off will be time well spent. 

The other Cuban pitcher who pitched today (Yoendris Gonzalez) got a half-dozen swings & misses with his 4S FB. 

Yoanis Aleksandrov's nickname is "J. J."  

Of course. That's natural. I mean, what else would it be?

Especially with all the really cool ones like Wrigley Rat and Dolorous Jon Lester already taken.

Maybe I should call myself J.J. too, just for chaos' sake

Well, you can't spell anarchy without J.J.

If he wants it, he can have it... for 20 bucks. ;)

AZPhil -  Sounds like CarGar has a stronger repertoire than most of our international pitchers at the moment. Good to hear!