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
Arizona Phil 3 hours 29 min ago (view)
Even though the MLB Trade Deadline has passed, Cubs minor leaguers with MLB experience like RHSP Joe Biagini, LHRP Tony Cingrani, RHRP Ryan Meisinger, OF Ian Miller, and RHSP Adrian Sampson can still be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB reegular season, and I would expect each of them to get some interest from contending teams prior to the August 31 midnight post-season roster eligibilty deadline.
cubbies.4ever 15 hours 35 min ago (view)
Still haven't seen/heard if Cubs signed 19th rd Daniel Avitia, the last of the unsigned or declined.
crunch 15 hours 47 min ago (view)
imagine he'll go into indie ball somewhere and hope he doesn't end up like matt harrington.
Sonicwind75 16 hours 13 min ago (view)
So is Kumar going "pro" by taking a KBO contract next season or something like that or does he just work out for a year? Not sure what the rules are for a player in his situation.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 5 min ago (view)
Good. Suck it Mets
crunch 20 hours 11 min ago (view)
mets fail to sign k.rocker.
at the time it was considered a hell of a pick when he fell so far (11th pick). he was considered a top-5 pick for most of the year, #1 for a chunk of it. his medicals (elbow) gave the mets pause offering him slot value. his agent, boras, says he's healthy.
he will not return to vandy and will go "pro"...he returns to the draft next year and the mets get a compensation 11th pick in round 1 next season.
crunch 20 hours 50 min ago (view)
rizzo, baez, and bryant all homered in their 1st game with their new team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 23 min ago (view)
Winning very much to a backseat to profits. I would imagine it always kinda was that way, but it became very obvious after the title. I think when ownership saw Darvish struggle year one, that was that, no more free agent spending. And never adjusted after it became clear Darvish was back starting midway through year two.
Charlie 21 hours 35 min ago (view)
Ownership absolutely decided sometime after 2016 that fans owed them and not the other way atound.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 42 min ago (view)
To be fair they also did a good job bringing in talent to the system that they were able to use to make trades. And a few solid signings such as Lester and Zobrist.
I think part of it was the hunger mostly vanished after the title and things needed to be switched up to kick people in the ass a tad. Add a level of being hamstrung by Heyward deal, no one coming up to replace the lost farm system talent or aging players, no one but Rizzo and Hendricks signing extensions, and here we are
crunch 21 hours 45 min ago (view)
HUGE standing O for bryant. they're loving it.
Cubster 22 hours 9 min ago (view)
The Chicago Ortegas
crunch 22 hours 9 min ago (view)
who though we'd have "the ortega game" today? alright, then.
Cubster 22 hours 34 min ago (view)
Rizzo leading off for Yanks today
crunch 22 hours 35 min ago (view)
the cubs had years of 1st round picks gained by tanking do well and they got very lucky with the arrietta/strop trade. strop is especially underappreciated in that trade. theo obviously wanted rizzo badly, and made the right call there. hendricks was a complex back/forth trade because of player injuries, but at the end of the day the cubs wanted hendricks and they made the right call there, too.
aside from that, it looks a lot like it's been for decades.
Cubster 23 hours 23 min ago (view)
Every championship season is sacred (except 2021).