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):
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
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
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)
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)
WEATHER: Sunny with tempratures in the 80's
crunch 18 hours 57 min ago (view)
Alexander Dimm 19 hours 22 min ago (view)
I'm in. What more do we need, really. A beer. A game or two. The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope). Have fun with a micro-mini season. Let the powers fight over the labor agreements. They can finish by next spring, right?
crunch 19 hours 34 min ago (view)
2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.
Cubster 20 hours 54 min ago (view)
And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.
crunch 23 hours 6 min ago (view)
they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.
declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.
...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram
Charlie 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.
Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section): In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.
Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:
Arizona Phil 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30):
Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)
Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February)
Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020
Charlie 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.
crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
"A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"
d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins
Jackstraw 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively. None really jump to mind.
crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person
Cubster 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.
Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:
Cubster 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
I agree. Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.
Hagsag 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.