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
Hagsag 54 min 22 sec ago (view)
It's great to start getting reports from the Instructs. Keep them coming Phil!
bradsbeard 6 hours 48 min ago (view)
Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 51 min ago (view)
Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 52 min ago (view)
And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 52 min ago (view)
I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs.
Arizona Phil 9 hours 52 min ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA).
I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+).
crunch 10 hours 58 min ago (view)
the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."
houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.
speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.
crunch 12 hours 35 min ago (view)
"Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."
okay. sure. congrats and good luck.
Charlie 15 hours 19 min ago (view)
Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.
Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?
crunch 16 hours 21 min ago (view)
nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.
meanwhile, on the cubs front...
"Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "
Sonicwind75 20 hours 42 min ago (view)
There seemed to be a least an tacit understanding between ownership and fans during the rebuild that we as fans should support the organization when it was intentionally underspending and tanking. When it was time to be competitive, you know when the greatest core of Cubs players in my lifetime are in their prime, ownership would make the most of that window. That doesn't appear to be the case with the team shedding around $40 million in salary.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open. it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.
George Altman 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
What's pretty obvious is that the Cubs 2020 salary budget is $208m AAV. Whatever Theo/Jed can field with that number (existing players, trades, and/or signings). They could generate $100m from Marquee, concerts, Wrigleyville, etc and it's NOT going to translate into more $$$ for players. Very sad, frustrating, and maddening.
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
maybe if the cubs can squeeze a 5th in-season concert at wrigley they can sign addison russell.
Charlie 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Morosi reporting that the Reds are favorites for Castellanos. Seems like a good direction for them if they can deal with his defense in LF. They look to have the best sarting rotation in the division (or close to it) as things stand. If they can squeeze more offense out of the OF and skate by with their bullpen, they could hang reasonably close to the Cards-Brewers-Cubs pack. I'll be curious to see how much money they throw at him if they do sign him. Being younger has to get him more money than Ozuna, right?
Charlie 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Sure would be nice to rehab a player and then have them stick around and help out the team. Fingers crossed for Souza.