Pitchers Shine at Riverview Park

Four pitchers combined to hurl ten innings of shutout ball with 17 strikeouts, as the Cubs "Blue Squad" and the Cubs "Red Squad" played to a scoreless tie in AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

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

Here is the box score frrom the game: 

CUBS "BLUE SQUAD" LINEUP:
1. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-2 (K, K) 
2. Ezequiel Alvarez, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, K) 
3. Pedro Ramirez, 2B: 0-2 (K, K) 
4. Christopher Paciolla, SS: 0-2 (P-3, F-8) 
5. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3) 
6. Nazier Mule, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
7a. Haydn McGeary, C: 1-1 (1B) 
7b. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-1 (K) 
8. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
9. Erbin Jaque, RF: 0-1 (K) 
10. Brayan Altuve, LF: 1-1 (1B, CS) 

CUBS "RED SQUAD" LINEUP:
1. Leonel Espinoza, DH #1: 0-2 (F-8, F-9)
2. James Triantos, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, K) 
3. Cristian Hernandez, SS: 0-2 (K, K) 
4. Raino Coran, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, PO) 
5. Andy Garriola, RF: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
6. Reggie Preciado, 3B-DH: 0-2 (K, K) 
7a. Carlos Ramos, C: 0-1 (L-5) 
7b. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-1 (K) 
8. Moises Ballesteros, DH-C: 1-1 (1B) 
9. Miguel Pabon, 1B: 0-1 (K) 
10. Christian Olivo, CF-3B: 0-1 (K) 

CUBS "BLUE SQUAD" PITCHERS
1. Nick Hull: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (28 strikes)  
2. Michael Arias: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)

CUBS "RED SQUAD" PITCHERS
1. Kevin Valdez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Grant Kipp: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes) 
 
CUBS "BLUE SQUAD" ERRORS: MOME 

CUBS "RED SQUAD" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "RED SQUAD" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Moises Ballesteros: 1-1 CS 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE: 5 

Arizona
Scoring
Service 

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

Comments

The Cubs have added INF-OF Ezequiel Alvarez and OF Leonel Espinoza to their instructs roster. Both players spent the 2022 season on the DSL Cubs Blue 60-day IL, but they would have been stateside playing in the ACL if healthy.

AZ Phil, I have a question that has been percolating (ask your parents, you young'uns) all year long.

Over the last how-ever-many years, there have been two "rookie leagues." Now, we only have the complex leagues. Does that put too many players in the complex leagues, or is the smaller draft resulting in fewer rookies? Also, is the new alignment pushing some high prospects into Low A instead of another year in the high rookie league? I figure you are the only person on this blog who has insight into this--potentially important issue-- question. Thanks.