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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  • crunch 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    bryant 9.5m, contreras 6.65m, baez 11.65m, z.davies 8.63m

    looks like happ is going to arbitration.

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 20 min ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

     

  • K Dub 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    danny hultzen retires and joins the cubs as a "pitching development assistant"

    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    theo joining the commish's front office operation as a "consultant reguarding on field matters"...basically weighing in on the possible impact of rules changes.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/266505#comm...

     

  • K Dub 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.

     

  • K Dub 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Eric. After I put it up I thought.. damn I'm old. I wonder if people even remember back that far. I still think about that day. Uggh. Sorry. 

     

  • Charlie 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I'm always confused by this. They also could have tendered him and then boosted his value by trading him with a million or two in cash considerations. Obviously, that's a million or two more expensive than simply non-tendering--but couldn't you at least get an interesting prospect in return from one of these teams? They obviosuly thought it was worth their return to toss in a few million in the Darvish trade.

     

  • tim815 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 amount is 7.

    The buyout is 3.

    8>7

     

  • crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    chase strumpf is quickly emerging as a "trendy" organizational hot prospect, even among non-cubs fans.  amaya is having a decent winter league showing so far...taking a lot of walks, too.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    SONICWIND: No question the Cubs farm system is not set-up to deliver postion-player prospects to MLB anytime soon, although the arrival of pitching will likely be much sooner (2022 or maybe even 2021). 

    Of course there is no way to know for sure in advance who will and who will not make it to The Show,  and there is always the possibility that some lesser prospect will unexpectedly develop into a big leaguer, but as things stand now, if they develop as hoped, these would be the likely ETA for the Cubs better position-player prospects: 

     

  • Sonicwind75 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, is there enough talent in upper minors that it could be supplemented with an influx of talent from outside the organization and be competitive in 22/23.  The only MLB holdovers would be Happ/Hoerner/Heyward/Hendricks/Bote/Mills and maybe Willson if not traded.  That's a lot of open spots to fill via free agency or trading for MLB talent.