Smokies Crack Nuts with Bombs at Riverview
Jake Hannemann crushed a three-run homer, Juan Paniagua and Matt Rose each smacked a two-run HR, Victor Caratini drilled an RBI single, doubled, walked, and scored a run, Ryan Dent singled twice, walked, scored twice, and collected an RBI, Chesny Young drove-in three runs with a FC and a two-run single, and SP Preston Morrison hurled four innings of shutout ball, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) crushed the Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies Hi-A affiliate) 13-5 on Field #6, and Sam Hilliard tripled, singled twice, and scored two runs, Brian Mundell slugged a solo HR and singled and scored, and Jonathan Piron belted an RBI triple, singled, walked, and stole a base, helping the Asheville Tourists (Rockies low-A affiliate) edge the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 9-8 on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Sunday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
P. J. Higgins blasted a two-run HR for South Bend in a losing cause on Field #3, and Ryan Stephens contributed a solo HR and a two-run single in a losing cause for Modesto on Field #6.
LHSP Justin Steele had a rough outing for South Bend, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits (including two doubles, a triple, and a home run) and a walk in five innings of work.
As usual, several players were temporarily moved-up from a lower level just for the day.
The game on Field #6 was unusual in that the Cubs AA squad played the Rockies Hi-A squad. Normally AAA plays AAA, AA plays AA, etc, but the members of last season's Myrtle Beach Pelicans received their 2015 Carolina League Champion rings in a ceremony prior to the games, and because most of the 2015 Pelicans are presently assigned to the AA Tennessee squad at Minor League Camp, the Cubs Hi-A group was dispatched to Salt River Fields to play the Rockies AA squad in place of the Smokies, leaving the Cubs AA group behind at Riverview to collect their rings and destroy the Rockies Hi-A group.
John Arguello at Cubs Den has some great pictures and game reports from Saturday's games at Riveview Park.
And here are the abridged box scores from the two games played at Riverview on Sunday (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, P-4, BB, K, R)
2. Donnie Dewees, CF: 2-5 (1B, K, 5-3, 1B, 5-3, R)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, DH #1: 1-4 (6-4 FC, K, 1B, F-8 SF, 5-3, R, RBI, SB)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH #2: 1-4 (E-6, 1B, F-7, F-9, R)
5a. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-2 (F-8, HR, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (6-3)
6. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (K, K, HBP, BB, R)
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 0-2 (3-U, P-4, BB, BB, R)
8a. Alex Bautista, LF: 1-2 (K, 2B)
8b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-0 (F-8 SF, BB, RBI)
9. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-4 (E-6, 4-3, 2B, F-8, RBI)
10. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-4 (K, 4-3, L-9, K)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Justin Steele: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5/6 GO/AO, 70 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Tyler Peitzmeier: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes),
4. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (4 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Chris Pieters: E-3 (missed catch on infield single allowed baserunner to score)
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base and unearned run to score)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. P. J. Higgins: 1-1 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 1-1 CS
SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Kevonte Mitchell - runner doubled-off 1st base 9-3 on L-9
1a. Ryan Dent, SS: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
1b. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
2. Jake Hannemann, CF: 1-4 (P-5, HR, F-8, BB, K, R, 3 RBI)
3a. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-2 (BB, E-8, F-7, 2 R)
3b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3)
4a. Victor Caratini, DH: 2-2 (1B, BB, 2B, R, RBI)
4b. Gioskar Amaya, PH: 0-1 (K)
5. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-4 (FC, 1B, 5-3, 6-3, R, 3 RBI)
6a. Kelly Dugan, LF: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, P-3)
6b. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-1 (P-6)
7a. Ben Carhart, C: 2-3 (2B, 1B, F-8, 2 R, RBI)
7b. Eric Castillo, C: 1-1 (1B, R)
8a. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-3 (HR, K, 3-U, R, 2 RBI)
8b. Matt Rose, 1B: 1-1 (HR, R, 2 RBI)
9a. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, SB)
9b. Bryant Flete, 3B: 1-2 (L-8, 2B)
1. Preston Morrison: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 56 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Jeremy Null: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Fernando Cruz: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 25 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Tayler Scott: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R,0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
6. David Berg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 1-3 CS
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS
TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Kelly Dugan - batter thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
JustSayin' 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 6 days 12 min ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 6 days 38 min ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 6 days 45 min ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 6 days 17 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.