Rockie Road for Cubs at Riverview
RHSP Ryan Castellani tossed four innings of one-run ball and Roberto Ramos and Scott Burcham hammered back-to-back RBI doubles to highlight a four-run 6th, as the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies AA affiliate) edged the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #5, and Vince Fernandez drilled an RBI double and a two-run single and Todd Czinege belted a solo HR to help the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies AAA affiliate) defeat the Cubs AAA Iowa affiliate 8-3 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Tuesday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
In two starts versus Tennessee in the last week, Ryan Castellani has thrown eight innings and allowed just one run on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. (Castellani is ranked by Baseball America as the Rockies #6 prospect).
RHSP Duncan Robinson hurled five innings of shutout ball, Jesse Hodges drove-in two runs with an RBI single and an RBI double, and Chris Pieters singled & doubled and scored a run for Tennessee, and the Smokies had the potential tying and winning runs on base with no outs in the bottom of the 9th but were unable to plate even one of the runners.
Stephen Bruno (RBI double) and Bijan Rademacher (RBI single) drilled consecutive two-out RBI hits in the bottom of the 3rd to provide Iowa's two runs on Field #6.
As was mentioned here yeaterday, several Iowa Cubs players traveled to Florida with the MLB squad for the two-game pre-season set versus the Red Sox in Ft. Myers, so a number of players on the Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend squads have been temporarily promoted to higher levels for a few days (until the I-Cubs return from Florida).
Iowa Cubs RHRP David Garner saw his first game action since being suspended for 50 (official) games after testing positive for a "Drug of Abuse," and he had a very poor outing, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning while throwing only 38% strikes. (With the approval of the MLB Commissioner and with the consent of the player's MLB organization, a player who is on the Restricted List as the result of a prohibited substance suspension can attend Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training - without pay - and participate in Minor League Camp and EXST games while serving the suspension, although the player is not required to do so). Barring rain-outs or other postponements, Garner's suspension is scheduled to end on May 27th.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
1a. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-3 (1-3, 4-6 FC, K, SB)
1b. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
2. Rafael Narea, 2B: 1-3 (K, BB, BB, 1B, 5-2 FC)
3. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-4 (BB, P-3, 4-6-3 DP, F-8, K, SB)
4. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 1-4 (K, 5-3, 1B, 5-3, R)
5a. Trent Giambrone, DH: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5b. Tyler Pearson,. PH: 0-1 (K)
6. Vimael Machin, SS: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, BB, F-9)
7a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (L-8, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
7b. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-1 (1B, R)
8. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-3 DP, 2B, 2 RBI)
9a. Will Remillard, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-4 FC, F-9)
9b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-0 (BB)
1. Duncan Robinson: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/8 GO/AO, 58 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Scott Effross: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (31 strikes)
3. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Jake Stinnett: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Rafael Narea: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Will Remillard: 0-3 CS
2. Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS
1a. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 2-3 (3-U, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
1b. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
2. Bijan Rademacher, 1B: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, 6-3 DP, 3-U, RBI, SB)
3. Wynton Bernard, RF-DH: 0-3 (4-3, F-9, K)
4a. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, K)
4b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: NO AB
5. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, 5-3)
6a. P. J. Higgins, C: 2-2 (2B, 1B)
6b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (E-4, CS)
7. Ali Solis, DH #1: 0-3 (1-3, F-8, K)
8a. Charcer Burks, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
8b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (K)
8c. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-1 (K)
9. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-3 (K, F-8, 6-3)
10. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, 6-3, R)
1. Jesus Camargo: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (26 strikes)
3. David Garner: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Rob Zastryzny: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Mitch Stophel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 1 GIDP, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: NONE
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
P. J. Higgins: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperaturs in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Hagsag 4 hours 23 min ago (view)
Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!
Arizona Phil 7 hours 53 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).
Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 25 min ago (view)
So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign.
crunch 12 hours 3 min ago (view)
similar story, similar quotes, different site/author
QuietMan 12 hours 24 min ago (view)
Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network
Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.
@TonyAndracki23 with the story.
Wrigley Rat 13 hours 37 min ago (view)
Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.
Charlie 17 hours 51 min ago (view)
A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."
That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.
crunch 18 hours 4 min ago (view)
while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time. they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...
reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...
videographer 18 hours 37 min ago (view)
/With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players. We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated. It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 32 min ago (view)
Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.
He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges.
crunch 21 hours 1 min ago (view)
jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.
"I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."
...dude, no. keep that to yourself.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 13 min ago (view)
After the feel-good videos and goodbyes, Jed decided to say the players didn't seem to want to negotiate and place blame at their feet. Rizzo responded today, basically saying "wtf man, shut up, that's a lie."
I haven't really blamed Jed for much of this as I feel mgmt forced his hand but this... definitely a misstep Jed. And it also makes me wonder, the next core, if they don't want to sign below market extensions, are we gonna see a similar tear down?
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
yeah. i think it would have worked better if they weren't local boys. better sell on having a built in "friend" in a new, far away place. still not a bad move for an incentive, though...
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Was clearly just a signing as an incentive to sign his brother
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
david can go ahead and not sign with the cubs if he wishes.
there is absolutely nothing about his game that looks like he could even play A-ball. his low-division college game is weak and his summer league wood bat game is abysmal.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Grand Canyon University's pitching staff got a big boost with recent Phoenix Alhambra High School ace Daniel Avitia deciding not to sign with the Chicago Cubs and, instead, honoring his letter of intent to the NCAA Division I school."
Mostly, they didn't give me the money I wanted," said Avitia, who was asking for $300,000. "The best position for me is to go to GCU and get in the top rounds (after his junior season)." Avitia said that the Cubs wouldn't go any higher than $125,000 in negotiations.