Iowa Cubs Edge Tennessee Smokies at Fitch Park
Matt Spencer raked a two-run triple off the CF Batter’s Eye “Green Monster” to key a three-run 1st inning, and Robert Coello struck out six in three innings of work, leading the Iowa Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies in a six-inning intra-organization game at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning.
LHP Ryan Buchter, LHP Scott Maine, and RHP Chris Carpenter followed Coello to the mound. Buchter walked the first man he faced and then struck out the side in the 4th, Maine threw a 14-pitch 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout and two 6-3 GO in the 5th, and Carpenter allowed a run on two hits in the 6th.
RHP Rafael Dolis got the start for Tennessee and struggled through his three innings, allowing three first-inning runs on four hits (two singles, a double, and a triple), before throwing shutout ball in the 2nd and 3rd innings.
Shortstop Jonathan Mota made three outstanding defensive plays for Iowa in the 5th and 6th innings, saving at least one run. Mota is a versatile utility infielder who learned to catch at Extended Spring Training last year, but he has the defensive chops needed to play SS for an extended period at Iowa if necessary.
Frank Batista and Kevin Rhoderick threw an inning each for Tennessee, although both are assigned to the Daytona squad.
The Cubs have released a number of players from Minor League Camp over the past few days, including RHPs Steve Grife, Corey Martin, Mike Parisi, and Carlos Rojas, INF Jake McAloose, 1B-OF T. J. Baxter, and OF Cody Shields.
Here is today’s box scores:
FIELD #3 (Iowa Cubs vs Tennessee Smokies)
1. Brett Jackson, CF: 0-3 (K, K, 6-4 FC, RBI)
2. Logan Watkins, SS: 1-3 (1B+E9, K, 1-3, R)
3. Josh Vitters, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4. Rebel Ridling, 1B: 1-2 (2B, K, RBI)
5. Kyler Burke, DH #1: 0-2 (E6, K, SB)
6. Michael Brenly, C: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
7. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
8. Jake Opitz, 2B: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, R)
9. David Macias, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
10. Junior Lake, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-4 FC)
X-1. Rafael Dolis, P 0-0 (BB)
NOTE: Dolis took an insert-AB leading off the top of the 4th
1a. Lou Montanez, CF: 1-2 (1B, L-7 DP)
1b. Smaily Borges, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. D. J. Lemahieu, 3B: 1-1 (1B, R)
2b. Nate Samson, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
3a. Matt Spencer, RF: 1-1 (3B, R, 2 RBI)
3b. Jim Adduci, RF: 0-1 (P-5, BB)
4. Bryan Lahair, 1B: 1-3 (2B, F-8, K, RBI)
5. Ty Wright, LF-CF: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
6a. Blake Lalli, C: 0-1 (4-3)
6b. Steve Clevenger, C: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Ryan Flaherty, 2B: 1-1 (1B, CS)
7b. Jonathan Mota, SS: 1-1 (2B)
8a. Marwin Gonzalez, SS: 0-1 (K)
8b. Marquez Smith, 2B: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Chris Robinson, DH: 1-2 (1B, L-5)
X-1. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, PH: 0-0 (1-4 SH, 1-4 SH)
NOTE: Bibens-Dirkx took two insert-ABs, one between Montanez and Lemahieu in the 1st inning, and another between Samson and Adduci in the 4th inning
X-2. J. R. Mathes, PH: 0-1 (K)
NOTE: Mathes took an insert-AB between Robinson and Montanez in the 3rd inning
1. Rafael Dolis: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 50 pitches (30 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Jeffrey Beliveau: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO, 1/2 GO/FO
3. Frank Batista: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (10 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
1. Robert Coello: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 55 pitches (37 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Ryan Buchter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Scott Maine: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Chris Carpenter: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (6 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 0
IOWA ERRORS: 2
Matt Spencer E-9 – fielding error allowed batter to advance an extra base on single
Marwin Gonzalez E-6 – fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Michael Brenly: 1-1 CS
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE
Blake Lalli: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.