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 11 hours 59 min ago (view)
Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 22 min ago (view)
Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...
first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.
radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised. the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.
crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.
looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.
Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August.
Mike Wellman 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 12 hours ago (view)
Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.
This team has no direction at the moment.
Sonicwind75 4 days 12 hours ago (view)
As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer. Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague. Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio. I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.
Cubster 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!
Mornington Crescent 5 days 16 hours ago (view)
They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.
crunch 6 days 8 hours ago (view)
alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.
marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd
Hagsag 6 days 10 hours ago (view)
Yes they did.
crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)
welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).
billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.
Mike Wellman 6 days 11 hours ago (view)
Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?
Craig A. 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
Could have an option year remaining. Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.
Hagsag 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.