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).
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Here are the abridged box scores from the two game (Cubs players only):
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)
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
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)
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
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Hagsag 6 hours 8 min ago (view)
Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?
QuietMan 17 hours 51 min ago (view)
I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list. "Sorry Honey, can't do it."
crunch 18 hours 52 min ago (view)
or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...
jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...
Arizona Phil 19 hours 28 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 33 min ago (view)
Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract
crunch 21 hours 2 min ago (view)
oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.
QuietMan 21 hours 50 min ago (view)
Non Baseball related injury. Does he still get paid?
Ryno 22 hours 4 min ago (view)
A digital nerve sounds like something that would be repaired with a copper wire and solder.
Cubster 22 hours 38 min ago (view)
Per Sun-Times: Jose Quintana out two weeks after cutting a digital nerve in his pitching left thumb and requiring microsurgery to repair the nerve, from a kitchen dishwashing accident last week. Hard to say what impact that might have on his repertoire. The sensation can take 2-3 months to return if the repair is successful.
jdrnym 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.