Wada Ya Gonna Do?
Tsuyoshi Wada fired five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts, Javier Baez collected three hits and three RBI, and Josh Vitters ripped a solo HR and an RBI double, as the AAA Iowa Cubs defeated the Salt Lake Bees (Angels AAA affiliate) 7-1 on Field #6, and C. J. Edwards and four relievers combined to toss a two-hitter and Rubi Silva stroked an RBI single and an RBI double, stole a base, and scored a run, leading the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) to a 4-1 victory over the Arkansas Travelers (LAA AA affiliate) on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Tennessee 3B Kris Bryant left the game in the bottom of the third inning after being hit on the foot with a pitch.
RF Jorge Soler took BP witb the Tennesse squad but will apparently begin the season on the Smokies 7-day DL, as INF Wes Darvill was moved-up to the Tennessee squad from the Daytona squad to take Soler's slot on the Smokies 25-man Active List.
All of the position players assigned to the Tennessee active roster saw action in the game on Field #3, and all of the Iowa position players except catcher Eli Whiteside, 1B Lars Anderson, and INF Edgar Gonzalez (who apparently will serve as a player-coach) got into the game on Field #6.
Several pitchers and position players from the Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad saw action late in the two games, and six more players have arrived in Mesa from Venezuela, as RHPs Adbert Alzolay and Greyfer Eregua, LHP Alberto Diaz, 3B-1B-C Roney Alcala, and OF Jeffrey Baez and Ricardo Marcano have been assigned to the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad at Riverview Park.
Here are the abridged box scores from this morning's games played at Riverview Park (Cubs players only):
1. Zeke DeVoss, CF: 2-5 (1B, P-4, L-8, K, 1B, R, SB)
2. Stephen Bruno, DH #1: 1-5 (F-8, 2B, 6-3, 6-3, L-5, R)
3a. Rubi Silva, RF: 2-4 (1B, 2B, K, 6-3, R, 2 RBI, SB)
3b. Taylor Davis, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
4a. Kris Bryant, 3B: 0-1 (K, HBP)
4b. Anthony Giansanti, PR-DH: 1-2 (1B+E5, K, R)
5. Dustin Geiger, DH-1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, 6-3, RBI)
6a. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-2 (3-1, 1B, BB, RBI)
6b. Charlie Cutler, C: 1-1 (1B)
7. Jonathon Mota, 1B-3B: 1-4 (6-3, K, F-7, 1B)
8. John Andreoli, LF:0-2 (BB, K, 5-3, BB, SB)
9. Jeudy Valdez, SS: 0-3 (6-3, P-4, BB, K)
10. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-4 (K, E-3, L-8, 3-1)
1. C. J. Edwards: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/FO, 63 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Armando Rivero: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Josh Davis: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Zak Hermans: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Rafael Lopez: 1-1 CS
1a. Matt Szczur, CF: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-8)
1b. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
2a. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 1-3 (F-8, 1-3, 1B)
2b. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (K, E-6)
3. Javier Baez, SS-DH: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B+E5, F-8 SF, 1B, 3 RBI)
4. Josh Vitters, LF: 2-4 (HR, BB, P-6, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Chris Coghlan, 1B: 1-3 (K, P-6, 1B, BB, R)
5b. Rashad Crawford, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
6a. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 1-2 (P-5, BB, 2B, R, RBI)
6b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (K)
6c. Gleyber Torres, PH: 0-0 (BB)
7a. Brett Jackson, RF: 0-4 (4-3, K, 3-U, 3-U)
7b. Mark Malave, PH: (3-U)
8a. Chris Valaika, DH-SS: 1-3 (F-9, F-7, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
8b. Alberto Mineo, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
9a. Luis Flores, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
9b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (BB, E-4, 2 R)
1. Tsuyoshi Wada: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 3/5 GO/FO, 84 pitches (56 strikes)
2. Casey Coleman: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Frank Batista: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Marcos Mateo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: NONE
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Luis Flores, 0-1 CS
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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on why the Cubs didn't spend more money this offseason on the free-agent market: "Pretty easy. We don’t have any more.''
that said, it's a strong team...can't complain too much, though they're playing very loose and fast with the patchwork pen "fixes."
let's hope it goes better than the 5th or 6th time someone has "fixed" jason heyward's swing.
Interesting, this appears to the year of mechanical fixes in the staff, Quintana's toe point and new confidence in his changeup, Hamel's fixes, Chatwood's double pump, wondering if other fixes are in store from the new pitching regime.
That I am sure is an under statement.
I've never really thought about Theo's politics. But I assume it's not the politics of Joe Ricketts.
I only spend baseball money on MLB.tv and tickets when the Cubs come to town (away games). So, like you, there's very little way for me to cut back on spending without just changing team loyalty. I'm still irked.
Baseball is such a silly thing to care about, though. And they keep presenting ethical roadblocks to that whimsy.
m.moosetacos returns to the brewers for 1/10m
I saw in Bleacher Report that Miguel Amaya is in camp. Picture of him with the Red Baron.
Charlie, Crunch; yep...gotta wonder how much Theo chafes working for these folks...
"Montgomery has been limited to long toss early in camp due to shoulder stiffness. Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said the southpaw could resume throwing bullpens in two or three days."
also, j.tazawa isn't expected until monday because of visa issues...
add the leaked joe ricketts racist-and-xenophobic-beyond-all-hell emails to the mix and you got a hell of an off-season. it's bigger news than the 100 nickle and dime contracts they added, anyway.
many (most) people will overlook this, but a chunk of the ricketts family not only talks the talk of their socially immoral beliefs (imo), they put money and labor behind pushing it...and it didn't just start this offseason.
With Russell's press conference and the Cubs deal with Sinclair both coming near the end of a very slow offseason, I'm having a very hard time getting excited for spring training. Curious what other's think about these issues going forward? I really would like none of my money going to Sinclari. Russell's continued non-admission of specific acts is par for the course but still undercuts his statements about being accountable. Do you all find this issues obstacles to enjoying baseball, too?
Brailyn Marquez and Yovanny Cruz were the two best Cubs pitching prospects at Extended Spring Training last year. Cruz throws a mid-90's two-seamer and a hard-slider and probably projects as a reliever at the higher levels, unless he can find a reliable off-speed pitch.
erich081: Dakota Mekkes is in a similar position as James Norwood this time last year, meaning he is Rule 5 Draft eligible after the season so adding him to the 40 could happen at any time, especially if the Cubs need a bullpen arm and Mekkes is pitching well at AAA Iowa.
PHIL: What’s your impressions of Yovanny Cruz? I’ve read his breaking ball is devastating. Also, is Luke Reynolds out your way? Do you think he has the goods to be a successful MLB player?
maddon on the closer role...
"I think primarily the focus will be who's rested, who hasn't pitched a couple days in a row," Maddon said. "And work it that way until Brandon becomes available. And when he becomes available, it's still not going to be an everyday kind of thing. So, I will work off numbers, but I think with this particular group, a lot of it will have to do with who's most rested."
m.montgomery has a stellar attitude about being locked out of the SP competition and being a swing man...