Smokies Drop BayBears, But Aces Trump I-Cubs at Riverview
Jake Hannemann ripped an RBI triple and a single, walked, and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario stroked a single and a solo home run and drove-in another run with a 3-1 GO, leading the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) to a 6-4 victory over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks AA affiliate) on Field #5, and Justin Marks tossed four shutout innings with six strikeouts, and Danny Worth and Peter O'Brien blasted solo home runs, as the Reno Aces (D'backs AAA affiliate) rallied to edge the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 5-4 on Field #6, in Cactus League minor league game action this afternoon at Mesa Cubtown at Riverview Park.
Brandon Drury belted an RBI double and a two-run inside-the-park HR for Mobile in a losing cause.
In Cubs Spring Training roster news, NRI catcher (and 2014 #1 draft pick) Kyle Schwarber has been sent to Minor League Camp. He has been initially assigned to the Iowa squad (subject to change) and in fact was in the I-Cubs starting lineup as a DH this afternoon (he went 2-4 with two singles).
Also, Cubs 2012 5th round draft pick LHP Anthony Prieto (Americas HS - El Paso, TX) has retired. The 21-year old Prieto underwent Tommy John Surgery last season, and he was far enough along in his rehab that he was able to throw an inning against the Ontario Nationals (Canadian amateur team) this past Monday. But he needed 29 pitches to get through the inning, throwing more balls than strikes and walking the bases loaded, before evenually retiring the side.
Prieto is the second Cub draft pick from the 2012 class to retire in the last couple of months, with 2012 6th round pick RHP Trey Lang (Gateway CC) having retired prior to the start of Minor League Camp. Lang had major command issues throughout his pro career and had been unable to escape Extended Spring Training and short-season ball.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today at Riverview Park (Cubs players only):
1. Jake Hannemann, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, F-8, BB, 3B, R, RBI)
2a. Victor Caratini, C: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
2b. Ben Carhart, C: 0-2 (4-6 FC, 6-3)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (6-4-3 DP, HR, 3-1, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 0-4 (F-7, F-9, K, L-8)
5. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-4 (K, 4-3, K, 1B)
6. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 0-3 (P-6, BB, K, 3-U, R)
7a. Wes Darvill, 2B-SS: 1-3 (F-9, 3B, 4-3, R, RBI)
7b. Miguel Rico, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Tim Saunders, SS-DH: 1-2 (K, F-8 SF, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (K, 4-3, K)
10. Danny Lockhart, DH-2B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, F-7, R)
1. Daury Torrez: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/8 GO/FO, 60 pitches (47 strikes)
2. Justin Amlung: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/FO, 35 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Gerardo Concepcion: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Jose Rosario: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Zach Cates: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 6 pitches (6 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Victor Caratini: 0-3 CS
1a. John Andreoli, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3)
1b. Kevin Brown, RF: 0-1 P-4)
2. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-3 (4-6 FC, BB, 1B, 4-3, R)
3. Kyle Schwarber, DH #1: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-8)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, F-8 SF, E-4, RBI)
5. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, 4-3,6-3 DP, R)
6. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, 1-3)
7. Rubi Silva, RF-CF: 0-3 (K, 406 FC, 1-3, R)
8. Elliot Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
9. Jonathon Mota, SS: 0-2 (4-3, BB, E-9, R)
10. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF: 1-2 (4-3, F-8 SF, 2B, 2 RBI)
11a. Taylor Davis, DH #3: 0-2 (P-4, 6-3)
11b. Ryan Dent, PH: 0-1 (K)
1. Corey Black: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 57 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Carlos Pimentel: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 2/6 GO/FO, 59 pitches (34 strikes)
3. C. J. Edwards: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 29 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Hunter Cervenka: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: 1
2B Stephen Bruno - E-4 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter & baserunners to advance an extra base)
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Rafael Lopez: 3-6 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 18 hours 4 min ago (view)
VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously).
Arizona Phil 18 hours 19 min ago (view)
Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago.
videographer 21 hours 18 min ago (view)
Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago. Too bad he didn't pan out. Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.
tim815 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
it screws up stats. i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.
it also makes historical comparisons difficult.
the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high. what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.
Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List.
crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.
I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.
Wrigley Rat 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.
watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough. he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...
he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse. that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.
crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
this shane bieber guy kinda sucks. 1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.
i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.
...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.
George Altman 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period.
Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.
SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.
It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.