Andreoli & Kalish Long Balls Carry Iowa Cubs to Victory at Fitch Park

Employing  the long ball (a Ryan Kalish three-run bomb and a John Andreoli solo blast) and six innings of one-run ball from 2015 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Williams, the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) defeated the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics AAA affiliate) 6-2 on Field #4, while on Field #3, Michael Soto, John Nogowski, and J. P. Sportman drilled consecutive RBI singles to highlight a three-run 7th, lifting the Midland Rockhounds (A's AA affiliate) to a 6-3 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate), in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Saturday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.  

In addition to his HR, Andreoli also walked twice and stole a base.

The I-Cubs bullpen (Peralta-Edwards-Pena) retired the last seven Sounds hitters, striking out six of them.

Iowa 1B Dan Vogelbach left the game on Field #4 after being hit on the foot with a pitch. 

Gioskar Amaya reached base four times (three walks and a single), Mike O'Neill collected three singles, and Mark Zagunis drove-in all three Tennessee runs (two-run double and a bases loaded HBP) in a losing cause on Field #3. 

Smokies SP Jonathan Martinez and reliever (ex-starter) Daury Torrez had rough outings on Field #3, with Martinez allowing five hits (two doubles and three singles) and four walks in just 3.2 IP (78 pitches - only 60% strikes), and Torrez surrendering three runs on five hits in just one inning of work.  

In Minor League Camp roster news, the Cubs have released RHRP Matt Brazis (acquired from SEA for OF Justin Ruggiano post-2014), 1B Matt Clark (ex-MIL), OF Donnie Cimino (2015 37th round draft pick - Weslyan U.), LHRP Heath Dwyer (2015 NDFA - VCU), LHRP Nick Greenwood (ex-STL), C-INF Jordan Hankins (2013 11th round draft pick - Austin Peay), RHRP Santiago Rodriguez (2013 IFA - Dominican Republic), RHSP Austyn Willis (2014 18th round draft pick - Barstow HS - Barstow, CA), and LHRP Sam Wilson (2013 8th round draft pick - Lamar CC). 


 (updated daily)

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


FIELD #3

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1. Mike O'Neill, CF: 3-5 (3-1, 1B, 6-3, 1B, 1B)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-5 (P-3, 1B, K, P-3, E-4)
3. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-4 (K, F-7, K, BB, F-8)
4a. Kelly Dugan, LF:  1-4 (3-1, 1B, 1-3, F-7, R)
4b. Kevonte Mitchell, PH-LF: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Victor Caratini, C: 1-2 (L-4, 1B, BB, R)
5b. Ben Carhart, C: 0-1 (F-9)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 1B: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, BB, R)
7. Mark Zagunis, DH: 1-2 (6-4 FC, HBP, 2B, BB, 3 RBI)
8. Jason Vosler, 3B: 0-4 (1-3, K, F-8, 4-3)
9. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, L-7)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Jonathan Martinez: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GO/AO, 78 pitches (47 strikes) 
2. Cole Brocker: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Josh Conway: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 6 pitches (5 strikes) 

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE 

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Victor Caratini: 0-1 CS, 1 PB 

FIELD #4

IOWA LINEUP
1. John Andreoli, RF: 1-3 (BB, HR, BB, K, F-9, R, RBI, SB)
2. Albert Almora Jr, CF: 1-4 (P-3, 6-3, P-4, 2B, R)
3. Matt Murton, LF-DH: 0-4 (4-3, K, K, F-9)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-1 (BB, P-2, HBP)
4b. Taylor Davis, PR-1B: 0-0 (F-9 SF, R, RBI)
5. Willson Contreras, C: 1-4 (F-7, F-8, 1B, K, R)
6. Kristopher Negron, 3B: 1-3 (2B, BB, F-9, F-9, SB)
7. Ryan Kalish, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 3-1, HR, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI)
8. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 1-3 (3-U, 1-3, BB, 1B, CS)
9,. Logan Watkins, SS-DH: 0-2 (6-3, BB, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10a. Bijan Rademacher, DH #2: 0-1 (P-3) 
10b. David Freitas, PH: 0-1 (K) 
10c. Bryant Flete, PH-SS: 0-2 (P-6, 4-3)

IOWA PITCHERS
1. Ryan Williams: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 GIDP, 7/3 GO/AO, 79 pitches (52 strikeS) 
2. Starling Peralta: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Carl Edwards Jr: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Felix Pena: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 

IOWA ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 112 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Bummed about Sam Wilson and Donnie Cimino not working out. Cimino didn't get much time and Wilson, well, just hate seeing LHP bomb out so early.

Was today a "backfields" attendance record? Besides watching and scoring two games, AZ Phil has time to count 112 people in the stands! Amazing!

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...