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
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.