Arrieta Leads Cubs to Doubleheader Sweep

Jake Arrieta and four relievers combined to hurl a three-hit shutout, Tommy LaStella drilled three singles, and Kelly Dugan and Ryan Kalish each belted a two-run home run, as the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) blanked the Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate) 5-0 on Field #6, and Cael Brockmeyer ripped a double and a two-run single, David Bote collected an RBI double and a single, and four relievers combined to toss five innings of one-hit shutout relief, helping the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) edge the New Britain Rock Cats (Rockies AA affiliate) 5-4 on Field #5, in a Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader played in front of a standing-room-only crowd Saturday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Arrieta was sharp throughout his five innings (57 pitches - 72% strikes), allowing just two singles and a walk (1B, 6-4-3 DP, F-8, 4-3, P-4, F-7, 1B+E5, K, 4-3, K, 4-3, K, 4-1, BB, F-9, K, 5-3). In addition to his work on the mound, the Cubs also had Arrieta bat twice, and he struck out both times (once bunting foul for strike three while attempting a sac-bunt).  

Miguel Montero served as Arrieta's catcher, and went 0-2 with two deep F-8 fly-outs. 

Tommy LaStella (calf strain) made his second start in two days at Minor League Camp, serving as a DH for the Iowa squad. Once again, a pinch-runner ran for him when he reached base, but at the plate he was roping balls all over the yard, from foul line to foul line. I guess he's the kind of hitter who can roll out of bed anytime and anyplace and hammer line-drive after line-drive. He could probably turn around a 100 MPH fastball from a wheelchair.  

Matt Szczur (oblique strain) got the start in CF for Iowa and looked very good at the plate, on the bases, and in the field. He went 1-3 with a single, an infield pop out, and a fly out, and appeared to have no lingering issues with the oblique.  

As per usual, several players were called up to the Iowa and Tennessee squads for the day. RHRP Scott Effross was moved up from the Myrtle Beach squad and worked a scoreless 9th while picking-up the save for Tennessee on Field #5, and OF (ex-C) Yohan Matos was moved up to the Tennessee squad from the South Bend group and made a late appearance in LF. Also, 3B Wladimir Galindo, OF Michael Foster, 3B Adonis Paula, C Tyler Payne, and INF Edgar Rondon were moved-up to the Iowa squad from the South Bend group, and each saw some action in the game on Field #6 (Paula got the start at 3B for the I-Cubs). 

It would appear that C-1B Cael Brockmeyer, RHSP Brad Markey, and RHRP Juan Carlos Paniagua have been moved-down to the Tennessee squad from the Iowa group (not confirmed yet).  

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Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 

FIELD #5

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 1-3, R, CS)
1b. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-1 (1B, CS)
2a. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9, R)
2b. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-1 (K) 
3a. Mark Zagunis, RF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 3-U)
3b. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-1 (3-1)
4. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 2B, P-4, R, 2 RBI)
5. Victor Caratini, DH #1: 0-3 (3-U, K, F-9)
6. Jake Hannemann, CF: 0-3 (E-3, 3-U, 3-U, R)
7. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 0-3 (E-5, 5-3, E-6, R)
8. David Bote, 3B: 2-3 (1B, F-7, 2B, RBI)
9. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (F-7, 5-3, F-8)
10. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 0-2 (K, P-2 DP)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 

TENNESSEE PITCHERS
1. Brad Markey: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 4/2 GO/AO, 54 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Josh Conway: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Tyler Ihrig: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes) 
5. Scott Effross: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 1-2 CS, 1 PO


FIELD #6 

IOWA LINEUP: 
X. Tommy LaStella, DH #1: 3-4 (1B, 1B, F-7, 1B)
NOTE: LaStella led-off the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innngs 
Y. Edgar Rondon, PR 
NOTE: Rondon served as pinch-runner when LaStella reached base 
1. Mike O'Neill, DH-CF: 0-3 (P-6, K, 5-3)
2. Matt Szczur, CF-DH: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, P-6, R)
3a. Miguel Montero, C-DH: 0-2 (F-8, F-8)
3b. Wladimir Galindo, PH: 0-1 (K)  
4. Jake Arrieta, P: 0-2 (K, K) 
5. Kelly Dugan, RF: 1-1 (BB, HR, R, 2 RBI)
6. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-2 (L-1 DP, 3-U) 
7. Matt Clark, DH #3:  0-2 (F-8, F-9)
8. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (F-7, 2B, R)
9. Ryan Kalish, LF: 2-2 (1B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
10. David Freitas, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
11a. Bryant Flete, SS-DH: 0-1 (6-4 FC, RBI, CS)
11b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (F-7)
12a. Adonis Paula, 3B-DH: 0-1 (F-8) 
12b. Michael Foster, PH: 1-1 (1B, PO) 
13. Logan Watkins, DH-SS: 0-2 (4-3, K) 
14. Anthony Giansanti, DH-3B: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3) 

IOWA PITCHERS
1. Jake Arrieta: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 5/3 GO/AO, 57 pitches (41 strikes) 
2. Nick Greenwood: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GIO/AO, 15 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
4. Armando Rivero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
5. C. J. Riefenhauser: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (10 strikes) 

IOWA ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Adonis Paula: E-5 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd) 
2. 3B Anthony Giansanti: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

ATTENDANCE: 161 

WEATHER: Sunny with tempratures in the 80's  


Comments

Arizona Phil - I haven't seen any Dallas Beeler references this spring & he hasn't gotten into a game for the Cubs yet. Is he hurt? Thanks for all the great reports!

WRIGLEY RAT: I saw Dallas Beeler playing catch on the Agility Field adjacent to Field #1 this week, but I haven't seen him throw any bullpen sessions lately.

Beeler has a history of starting the season at Extended Spring Training. Last year it was his shoulder, the year before that it was his elbow, then he had a finger injury the year before that, etc, etc.  

AZ Phil, is Juan Carlos Paniagua still considered a borderline prospect or is he just an after thought these days?

HAGSAG: Sometimes Juan Carlos Paniagua looks great (like yesterday, when he was virtually unhittable), and other times he is just a train wreck.

He is a "low floor/high ceiling" guy, so unless and until he develops consistency on the ceiling side, he will be more suspect than prospect.

But he does have filthy stuff (95-96 MPH fastball with a hard slider), if he can just command it on a consistent basis.  

AZ PHIL: Hey Phil - What is your opinion, and chances of MLB shot of the following?:

- Candelaria
- Cease
- Hanneman
- Happ
- Almora
- Bruno
- G Torres

Also, have you seen one prospect that in your view could project as a TOR starter in the Lower minors?

Thanks a bunch as always for the terrific reports, and of course, the Attendance and Weather figures...

#Cubs lineup vs KC: Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Riz 1B, Soler LF, Russell SS, Ross C, Kawasaki 2B, Lester P

WGN game today. len/jd with the call.

lester's cutter is nasty today through 3ip...though contact was being made on it in the 3rd...probably because he's been throwing it a lot in this game.

haven't seen much of the curve (though he's thrown it this spring), but everything else seems to be on point as the spring goes on. good stuff...

after the 4th and 5th...this whole "runners thing" is showing itself again.

sigh.

EZ grounder to Lester with 2nd and 3rd occupied, looks 3rd runner back, and throws 10 feet wide left blowing ez put-out to Rizzo.

soler's 3rd of the spring comes after rizzo misses a HR by a few feet to straight center.

rondon happy has hell going into the dugout after a great looking 1-2-3 inning.

also, heyward moved from RF to CF in the top 7th.

also also, the cubs broke the ST attendance record...again...

Are they counting people who couldn't get in, in the parking lot?

no f'n idea...because they revised the final number by 2 an inning later.

i assume they're just making it up based on beer sales.

Strop and Rondon - nice!

Apparently he's had it for awhile and they were aware of it before offering him the contract. Not symptomatic but who knows if it will become an issue down the road, these things don't always act up especially if it is still attached and isn't floating around loose in the joint.

Are you saying Gordo is just trying to scare us?

He wrote a story the other day that didn't mention Lester's contract, and I was all WTF?

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  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 49 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 12 min 11 sec ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 17 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 50 min 24 sec ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 58 min 16 sec ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 4 hours 30 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 4 hours 36 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 15 hours 39 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 15 hours 43 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 16 hours 31 min ago view
  • Contreras keeps hitting/walking like this, and Miggy keep up the poor D and lack of offense - the kid could be the #1 catcher very soon.

    billybucks 16 hours 37 min ago view
  • it doesn't hurt that the Cardinals lose the KC and the Pirates lost too.

    Cubster 16 hours 37 min ago view