Cubs Bore-nstein A's to Tears with Grand Slam and One-Hitter at Fitch Park

SP Justin Steele and five relievers combined to hurl a one-hit shutout, Robel Garcia belted a solo HR and an RBI single, Eddy Julio Martinez drilled two RBI singles, walked, and scored, and Jhonny Bethencourt hammered a single and a double, stole a base, and scored two runs, as the Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs AA affiliate) blanked the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics AA afffiliate) 8-0 on Field #3, and Zach Borenstein walloped a monster grand slam HR over the CF batter's eye, Zack Short ripped a solo HR and an RBI single and scored two runs, Fernando Arcia singled twice, walked, stole a base, and drove-in a run, and SP Duncan Robinson hurled 4.2 IP of one-run ball (he gave up his only run on a sac fly on his 71st and final pitch), propelling the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Cubs) to a 7-1 victory over the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA affiliate of the A's) on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Saturday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.   

Of the ten Cubs minor league pitchers who threw in the games at Fitch Park on Saturday, only two (Duncan Robinson and George Kontos) are actually assigned to the AAA Iowa squad at Minor League Camp. The other eight who threw (including two who pitched in the AAA game) are assigned to the AA Tennessee squad.   

Speaking of the AA Tennessee pitching staff, with Bailey Clark throwing three innings for Tennessee in Friday's intrasquad game at Riverview and Ian Clarkin and Tyson Miller working out of the Smokies bullpen Saturday at Fitch Park (each threw only 19 pitches), it would appear that the Cubs may be prepping Clark to be a SP and Clarkin and T. Miller to be bullpen guys at Tennessee (which is the exact opposite of how things looked just a week ago).   

Here are the abridged box scores from Saturday's games (Cubs players only):  

FIELD #3 

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1a. Roberto Caro, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, FC, SB, CS)
1b. Jared Young, LF: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
2. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, 1B, BB, P-6, R, 2 RBI)
3. Nico Hoerner, SS-DH: 0-3 (BB, 2-3, 4-3, F-9 SF, E-9, RBI)
4. Robel Garcia, 3B: 2-4 (6-3 DP, HR, 6-3, 1B, L-3 DP, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, E-3, L-6)
5b. P. J. Higgins, 2B: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
6. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 2-3 (BB, 4-6-3 DP, 1B, 2B, R) 
7. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 0-4 (6-4-3 DP, 6-3, 5-4 FC, K) 
8. Luis Ayala, CF: 2-4 (4-3, 1B, F-9, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Jhonny Bethencourt, DH-SS: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 2B, K, 2 R, SB)
10. Cam Balego, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, F-8, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER

TENNESSEE PITCHERS
1. Justin Steele: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Ian Clarkin: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Tyson Miller: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Oscar de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Scott Effross: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes) 

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE 

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Cam Balego: 0-1 CS 

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FIELD #4 

IOWA LINEUP:
1a. Donnie Dewees, CF: 0-3 (F-7, F-8, F-9)
1b. Connor Myers, CF: 1-1 (3B, R)
2. Fernando Arcia, DH #1: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, BB, 1B, RBI, SB)
3. Jacob Hannemann, RF-CF: 0-4 (F-8, K, K, K)
4a. Phillip Evans, 3B-DH: 1-3 (2B, 5-3, K, R)
4b. Raymond Pena, PH: 1-1 (1B) 
5. Jim Adduci, 1B: 1-4 (1B, F-9, L-4, F-7, R)
6. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-3 (HBP, 1B, K, K, R, PO)
7a. Zach Short, SS: 2-3 (1B, P-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
7b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
8a. Zack Borenstein, DH #2: 1-3 (HR, K, 4-3, R, 4 RBI)
8b. Aramis Ademan, SS: NO AB  
9a. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
9b. Tyler Payne, C: 1-1 (1B) 
10. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2 SB, CS)

IOWA PITCHERS
1. Duncan Robinson: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 6/3 GO/AO, 71 pitches (47 strikes) 
2. George Kontos: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Zach Hedges: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Jordan Minch: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 

IOWA ERRORS: 1
SS Zach Short: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)  

IOWA BASERUNNING
Tyler Payne thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to CF

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ATTENDANCE: 31 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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Comments

25 pitch, 3 run 1st for lester...3 Ks, though

he's flirting with ending his spring with a 10.00+ ERA unless he puts things together in the following innings before he hits his pitch count limit.

lester pulls off a bouncing pickoff throw to 1st (runner taking a 15-20ft+ lead) and gets a huge pop from the cubs fans in the crowd...safe, btw.

baez with HR #2 of the spring, both in back to back games.  in his next AB he missed another homer by about 10ft...

lester only ends up lasting 4 innings (with a disaster 3rd inning to match the 1st) and he's ready to put this spring behind him.

15.1ip 23h 6bb 17k, 3hr, 10.57era

s.cishek destroys his spring numbers with a 0.1ip 5h 1bb, 5er outing...5 scoreless outings over 4.1ip (2h 2bb) before this...

cubs lose 6-11 to the rockies in front of the largest @COL game at salt river field (shared complex).

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  • crunch 41 min 37 sec ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012

     

  • crunch 43 min 9 sec ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.

     

  • Hagsag 3 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.

     

  • Charlie 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 20 sec ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.

     

  • JustSayin' 16 hours 28 min ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 15 min ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.

     

  • bigsky33 20 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 16 min ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 39 min ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 43 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  

     

  • crunch 22 hours 48 min ago (view)

    aww...de la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 min ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.