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
Hagsag 5 hours 39 min ago (view)
Is AZ Phil okay?
crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)
gene clines has died.
he was with the organization on/off for a notable amount of time as both a player and coach.
crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
sammy sosa off the HOF ballot after 10 years. he finishes up with a 18.5% vote, highest in any year.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
cubs sign 31 year old eric yardley to a minor league deal.
he's a 31 year old righty that throws sub-90mph junk.
Sonicwind75 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
Thank you for sharing Mike. Sounds like the former owner was a high character human being and should be celebrated. Haven't had a chance to attend a game there since I moved away from Des Moines in 2007 but recall it being a great ballpark experience. Has there been any word of the new owners making any major changes?
crunch 5 days 2 hours ago (view)
a 22 month old.
a'ite. i'm done with Earth. going to Pluto. don't bother visiting or calling. later.
Cubster 1 week 1 day ago (view)
Jason Schmidt signs with Dodgers, 3/44.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
20 year, 800m contract incoming...front loaded 150m over the first 2 years with a player opt out after that...
videographer 1 week 1 day ago (view)
Darth Vader to rescue Carlos Correa's bruised ego.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
carlos correa has hired scott boras...
bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)
The IFA market isn't exactly an equal access thing. Not only do the Cubs have a slightly smaller bonus pool than some teams, players are often linked to teams through their trainers well before they are able to sign. It's not like when these kids are 14 that the teams know for sure that they have a top of the class player on their hands two years in the future.
Wrigley Rat 1 week 2 days ago (view)
Cubbies.4ever - I read that the Cubs strategy with international free agents has been to spend most of their bonus money on young, position players and then take chances on cheaper, older pitching prospects who have been late bloomers (taller, stronger, more command of pitches, etc.). They are also grabbing guys at the end of the international signing period and signing them to future service contracts. They have six pitchers that were signed last year to future service contracts, and only one position player.
cubbies.4ever 1 week 2 days ago (view)
Cubs IFA Signings are heavy on SS (given SS usually can play many positions as the develop), but only 1 pitcher. Given it's still early. Also disappointing that their best signing is #18. Gone are the days of Soler, Eloy, Torres, Marquez, Amaya etc. I believe Christian Hernandez last year was highly rated though.
Wrigley Rat 1 week 3 days ago (view)
One more international free agent signing announced today: Daniel Benschop, OF, Aruba
bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)
I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)?