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
Arizona Phil 7 hours 37 min ago (view)
You can pretty much figure out from my AZIL game reports who the Cubs will likely target if they trade Kyle Hendricks to the Angels during the off-season (which I believe is a distinct possibility).
crunch 10 hours 57 min ago (view)
"On Wednesday, and again on Friday, manager Joe Maddon said the Angels needed to land two front-line starters or risk perpetual mediocrity. On Saturday, Mike Trout said the Angels had “a lot of money to spend” and the offseason was “going to be big.”"
$180.3m payroll and the star player + manager softly demanding more talent.
wait. you can do that?
hey d.ross and...umm...hold up...do you have to have a star player to make this kind of demand? sigh.
tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Exactly. Teams realized that under-playing the rest of the season, and assessing what's currently on-hand, works. At least, better than pickung three or four spots lower on the draft board with less spending space.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
It required a good amount of luck, and the other hard part is like a third of the league are tanking now too. Last time it was basically us and Houston.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
this team is very hard to watch. i can't take this for 1-2 more years. i hope the 2022 plan is at least hybrid-competitive (team built to compete, but trade-ready if failing mid-season).
rebuilding on total destruction for a slew of 1st round picks for years is/was lame even if those 1st round picks was pretty much all that worked for the cubs in the theo-era drafts.
K Dub 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
PHIL: Thanks for the update on Devers. Are you able to give us some more context (velocity, pitch mix, etc)? Also, was Drew Gray included in the group you compared Devers to when you said Devers was "by far" the ACL Cubs best pitching prospect? I ask because I know Gray only pitched 4 innings this season.
crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
cards 15 wins a row...franchise record
Hagsag 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.
Eric S 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2
Cubster 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins.
crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!
crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.
also davies still sucks.
tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.
bradsbeard 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.
Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate.
First.Pitch.120 3 days 11 hours ago (view)