River Cats Defeat I-Cubs at Fitch Park
The Sacramento River Cats (A’s AAA squad) defeated the Iowa Cubs 6-1 at Fitch Park Field #3 this afternoon in Mesa.
Bobby Scales had three hits and reached base four times, but that was just about the extent of the I-Cubs offense.
Mike Parisi got the start for Iowa, and was hammered to the tune of four runs on six hits (including four doubles), a walk, and a wild pitch, in three innings of work (52 pitches – 34 strikes). He also struck out four. Parisi was outrighted to Iowa last Saturday.
There were several roster moves made involving the Iowa Cubs today: Pitcher Alessandro Maestri, catchers Steve Clevenger and Blake Lalli, infielders Nate Samson and Tony Thomas, and outfielder Ty Wright were assigned to AA Tennessee, and infielders Jonathan Mota and Marquez Smith were promoted to Iowa from Tennessee.
Smith was promoted to fill a need at 3B (Bobby Scales will be used primarily at 2B), while Mota—a utility infielder--has been learning the catching position this Spring while with the Tennessee squad, and he apparently did well enough to qualify as the I-Cubs emergency third catcher should anything bad happen to Welington Castillo and Chris Robinson in the same game. Mota started behind the plate in today's game.
RHP Jake Muyco and LHP Dustin Sasser were moved up to the Iowa squad for today's game, but that probably was because several Iowa relief pitchers will be in the Cubs bullpen this weekend at Chase Field. There is no indication that Muyco or Sasser have been promoted from Tennessee to Iowa, although that is a possibility.
Catcher Jose Guevara was brought up from the Boise/Mesa squad for today's game, while Iowa catchers Welington Castillo and Chris Robinson are with the Cubs this weekend.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Iowa Cubs players only):
1a. Sam Fuld, CF: 1-3 (1B+E6, 6-3, Kc)
1b. Matt Camp, CF: 0-2 (P-6, F-7)
2. Darwin Barney, SS: 1-3 (BB, 1B, 5-3, 4-3)
3. Micah Hoffpauir, DH: 1-4 (Ks, F-8, 1B, 3-U)
4. Jason Dubois, 1B: 0-4 (L-7, Ks, Ks, Ks)
5. Brad Snyder, RF: 0-4 (Ks, F-8, P-5, F-7)
6. Bryan Lahair, LF: 0-4 (Ks, 6-3, F-8, F-8)
7. Bobby Scales, 2B: 3-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, 2B)
8a. Jonathan Mota, C: 0-2 (5-3, Ks)
8b. Jose Guevara, C: 1-2 (F-9, 2B)
9. Marquez Smith, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, F-8, HBP, F-8)
1. Mike Parisi - 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/FO, 52 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Scott Maine - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 30 pitches (20 strikies)
3. Jake Muyco - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Dustin Sasser - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K,1/2 GO/FO, 39 pitches (21 strikes)
NOTE: Top of the 9th inning was stopped early because Sasser reached max pitch-count for that inning
Bryan Lahair: E-7 (throwing error allowing runners at 1st & 2nd to move up one base)
Jonathan Mota – 1-1 CS, 2 PB
Jose Guevara – 1 PB
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.
They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
I think they know what they are doing.
With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012
the Rex brothers?
Yeah, the Rex brothers, Tyrannosaurus and Oedipus
When I first saw the Tweet, I thought there were two guys. Happy Thanksgiving gang! And TheoJed!
They can use another Brother
Cubs acquired Rex Brothers. Awesome fit for this team. Wander Cabrera going to COL.
"MLB announces #Cubs Minor League RHP Tanner Griggs receives 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for amphetamine"
2014 12th rounder...
it's hard to know who to blame...on one hand he's a baseball player, on the other he sells cars in the offseason...either job leads to amphetamine abuse. =p
Thanks PHIL! I thought only the Cubs had control until the last day of the MLB 2015 Season.
that's awesome...makes me look forward to hearing theo talk some more about how the team needs to be creative with finances because money is tight.
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CUBBIES-4-EVER: It's not unusual for a PTBNL to be chosen after the Rule 5 Draft from the list of Rule 5 eligible players who were not selected. That way, a club gets a player they like (perhaps somebody like OF Jeffrey Baez) without the cumbersome Rule 5 roster restrictions that go with a Rule 5 Draft pick.
Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season.
Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.