Shark Visits Riverview

RHSP Tyler Beede hurled three innings of shutout ball and combined with four relievers to toss a four-hitter and Dillon Dobson drove-in five runs with a three-run HR and a two-run double, leading the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants AA affiliate) to an 8-1 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) on Field #5, and Chris Shaw ripped a two-run triple and Mac Williamson drilled a two-run single to highlight a seven-run 4th inning as the Sacramento River Cats (Giants AAA affiliate) cruised past the Cubs AAA Iowa affiliate 9-3 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Wednesday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Bijan Rademacher (two-run blast) and P. J. Higgins (solo shot) clubbed back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning for Iowa, but that was the extent of the I-Cubs offense. 

As usual several players were moved up to the Iowa and Tennessee squads for the day to get some playing time in the late innings.  

Ex-Cub RHSP Jeff Samardzija was sent to Riverview from the Giants MLB camp to get some work with the AAA Sacramento squad, and he allowed three runs on seven hits (two HR, a triple, and four singles), a walk, and an HBP, plus six strikeouts, in 3.1 IP.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):   


1. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, BB, K, 2 SB)
2a. Trent Giambrone, 2B-DH: 0-3 (5-3, 5-3, 4-3)
2b. Jhonny Pereda, PH: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Zack Short, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
3b. Christian Donahue, SS: 0-1 (4-6 FC, R)
4a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (F-9, 1B)
4b. Jose A. Gonzalez, RF: 1-2 (L-8, 2B, RBI)
5a. Chris Pieters, LF: 0-2 (3-U, 4-6 FC)
5b. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 0-1 (K+PB)
5c. Robert Garcia, PH: 0-1 (K)
6. Kevin Cornelius, 3B: 0-2 (BB, K, K, CS)
7a. Daniel Spingola, DH: 0-2 (K, F-8)
7b. Luis Diaz, PH-2B: 0-1 (F-8)
8. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, BB, 6-3)
9a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-2 (F-8, 5-4 FC)
9b. Tyler Payne, C: 0-1 (6-3)
1. Ryan Kellogg: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Marc Huberman: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 37 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Chad Hockin: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Dave Berg: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
6. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)


Tyler Pearson: 0-2 CS

RF Jeffrey Baez - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on ground single to RF



1a. Chesny Young, 3B: 1-2 (K, 3B)
1b, Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
2a. David Bote, SS-DH; 1-3 (1B, K, F-8)
2b. Fidel Mejia, PH: 1-1 (2B)
3a. Mark Zagunis, LF: 1-2 (1B, K)
3b. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
4. Ian Rice, DH #1: 1-4 (K, 2B, 6-3, K, R)
5. Bijan Rademacher, 1B: 2-4 (K, HR, 1B, L-7, R, 2 RBI, CS)
6a. P. J. Higgins, C: 2-2 (BB, HR, 2B, R, RBI)
6b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (K)
7. Jacob Hannemann, CF-RF: 0-3 (L-4, 3-U, 4-3)
8. Trey Martin, RF-LF: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, F-8, SB)
9a. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (P-3, HBP)
9b. Jason Vosler, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
10a. Cam Balego, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
10b. Carlos Penalver, PH-SS: 0-2 (F-7, K)

1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 2/3 GO/AO, 62 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Brad Markey: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 26 pitches (18 strikes)
4. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)


P. J. Higgins: 0-2 CS  


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Carrie Muskat‏ @CarrieMuskat

#Cubs updated pitching:

Tonight: Quintana at Giants

Fri: Chatwood vs Brewers

Sat: Lester in Minor League game

Sat (ss): Montgomery vs Rockies -- Sat (ss): Butler at Mariners

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 41 min ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.


  • Cubster 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!


  • Mornington Crescent 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.


  • crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.

    marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd


  • Hagsag 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.


  • crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).

    billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.


  • Mike Wellman 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?


  • Craig A. 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Could have an option year remaining.  Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.


  • Hagsag 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.


  • CubbyBlue 3 days 23 hours ago (view)



  • CTSteve 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    It was time. 


  • Hagsag 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Love it Jackstraw.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed OF Cameron Maybin to a 2021 minor league contract.

    Because he was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2020, he gets the automatic $100K retention bonus and June 1st player opt-out if he is not released or added to the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day.