Kalish Pinch Shot Perfect Elixir for I-Cubs at Fitch
Ryan Kalish launched a lead-off moon-shot pinch-hit home run over the right-centerfield fence and Bijan Rademacher and Willson Contreras contributed RBI singles later in the inning, as the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) scored three in the 8th to break a 1-1 tie and went on to defeat the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics AAA affiliate) 4-2 on Field #4, and RHSP Daniel Mengden hurled five innings of one-hit shutout ball with seven strikeouts, Bret Vertigan tripled, singled, walked, and scored three runs, and James Harris drove-in three runs with an RBI double and a two-run single, helping the Midland Rockhounds (A's AA affiliate) blank the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) 6-0 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Tuesday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Willson Contreras collected three hits, scored a run, knocked-in a run, and stole a base, Albert Almora Jr singled, doubled, and walked, and SP Drew Rucinski retired 12 of the first 14 men he faced for the I-Cubs on Field #4.
The game on Field #4 was called after 8-1/2 innings of play.
RHSP Brad Markey had a rough outing for Tennessee on Field #3, allowing five runs on seven hits (five singles, a double, and a triple) and two walks (and no strikeouts) in 4.1 IP.
The Smokies were playing short-handed (four of their guys were assigned to the MLB game at Sloan Park), so four players (OF Luis Ayala, SS Andruw Monasterio, 1B Jose Paniagua, and 2B Edgar Rondon) were moved-up to the Tennessee squad for the day from Eugene/Mesa (the Extended Spring Training group).
Ex-Cub LHP Felix Doubront (currently the Oakland A's #5 starter) came down to Fitch Park from HoHoKam and got the start for Nashville. He worked 3.2 IP and did not allow a run, but he surrendered three hits and three walks along the way, and he needed 81 pitches (of which only 54% were strikes) to record the eleven outs.
John Arguello (Cubs Den) was at Riverview Park for the Lo-A/Hi-A games, and he has game notes and some great pics from there:
And here are the abridged box scores from the AA/AAA games played at Fitch Park (Cubs players only):
1. Bryant Flete, 3B: 0-2 (1B, HBP, 4-3, F-9, SB)
2a. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
2b. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, CS)
3. Victor Caratini, DH #1: 0-4 (3-U, 4-3, E-6, K)
4a. Anthony Giansanti, DH #2: 0-2 (F-7, F-8)
4b. Jose Paniagua, PH-DH: 1-1 (BB, 2B)
5. Kelly Dugan, LF: 0-4 (1-3, K, P-4, F-7)
6. Mark Zagunis, RF: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 6-3)
7. Danny Lockhart, SS-2B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, 4-3)
8. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, K, L-7)
9. Gioskar Amaya, C: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B)
10. Luis Ayala, CF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B)
1. Brad Markey: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 8/5 GO/AO, 65 pitches (42 strikes)
2. Josh Conway: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
4. David Garner: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 36 pitches (20 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gioskar Amaya: 0-1 CS
1. John Andreoli, RF: 0-3 (P-4, 5-3, K, BB)
2. Willson Contreras, DH #1: 3-4 (1B, K, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3. Albert Almora Jr, CF: 2-3 (BB, 2B, 1B, F-8)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 4-3, 1B, BB, RBI)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-2 (BB, BB, 1B, K)
6. Matt Murton, DH #2: 0-4 (K, 4-3, K, 4-3 DP)
7. Ryan Dent, SS: 0-2 (F-7, BB, P-3 DP)
8. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, F-8 DP, 3-U)
9a. Arismendy Alcantara, DH #3: 0-1 (3-1)
9b. Taylor Davis, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
9c. Ryan Kalish, PH: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
10. David Freitas, C: 1-3 (F-9, 6-3, 1B, R)
11. Juan Carlos Perez, LF: 2-3 (1B, 2B, 5-3)
12a. Drew Rucinski, P: 0-0 (1-3 SH, 2-3 SH)
12b. Bijan Rademacher, PH: 1-1 (1B, R, RBI)
1. Drew Rucinski: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/AO, 61 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Corey Black: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jean Machi: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Andury Acevedo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
5. C. J. Riefenhauser: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: NONE
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
David Freitas: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 60's
bradsbeard 31 min 54 sec ago (view)
Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!
Hagsag 5 hours 30 min ago (view)
Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!
Arizona Phil 9 hours 48 sec 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 9 hours 33 min ago (view)
So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign.
crunch 13 hours 11 min ago (view)
similar story, similar quotes, different site/author
QuietMan 13 hours 32 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 14 hours 44 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 18 hours 59 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 19 hours 12 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 19 hours 45 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 21 hours 40 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 22 hours 9 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 22 hours 20 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 15 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 16 hours ago (view)
Was clearly just a signing as an incentive to sign his brother
crunch 1 day 19 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.