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 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 6 days 4 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 6 days 14 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 6 days 17 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 1 week 7 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...