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
Arizona Phil 17 hours 23 min ago (view)
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tim815 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
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crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
it screws up stats. i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.
it also makes historical comparisons difficult.
the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high. what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
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crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
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I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.
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crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
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watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough. he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
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he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse. that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.
crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
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i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.
...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.
George Altman 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period.
Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.
SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.
It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.