Cubs Bothered by RiverCats & Flying Squirrels at Indian School Park

Orlando Calixte drilled an RBI single in the third inning and a two-run single in the 7th that turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead, and the Sacramento RiverCats (AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) held-on to edge the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 4-3 on Field #1, and Miguel Gomez singled and tripled and scored two runs, Hunter Cole doubled twice, drove-in two runs, and scored another, and Chris Shaw ripped an RBI single and an RBI double, leading the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants AA affiliate) to a 6-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Wednesday afternoon at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.

Eddy Julio Martinez collected three hits (two singles and a double) for the Smokies in a losing cause.

As usual, a number of players were moved-up from lower levels to replace players assigned to the Cubs MLB game at Sloan Park. In fact, no less than 11 players were "called-up" to the AA/AAA games from the Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) group. 

Iowa and Tenneessee starting pitcher candidates have been practicing their bunting for the past few days on the back-fields at Riverview Park in preparation for the start of the Southern League and PCL seasons next week, and so the Smokies and I-Cubs starting pitchers -- Duane Underwood Jr and Jake Buchanan -- plus Seth Frankoff (who is competing for a SP/RP "swing-man" gig) were sent up to bat to bunt in game situations where there was a man on base and less than two out. (The DH is used in all leagues below AA, and it's used in AA and AAA, too, but only in games where an American League affiliate is the home team).  

The battle continues for bullpen jobs at Iowa and Tennessee, and today's candidates were a mixed-bag. Michael Wagner couldn't find the strike zone, Jonathan Martinez didn't fool anybody and was hit hard, Juan Carlos Paniagua labored through his one inning (although he did pitch out of a runners at 2nd & 3rd and no outs jam), and Daniel Corcino easily retired the side 1-2-3 (F-7, 1-3, K). In fact, Corcino has been nothing short of a revelation so far at Spring Training, combining 96 MPH gas and a plus-breaking ball. The 26-year old Corcino was at one-time the top pitching prospect of the Cincinnati Reds, but he has bounced-around AA the last two or three years in search of his stuff, although he obviously hasn't missed many meals. He has indeed put on a few pounds over the past couple of years (I'd say he is about 5'11 240 right now), and that may have turned off some teams.        

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


X-1. Jake Buchanan, P 0-0 (1-3 SH, 1-3 SH)
NOTE: Buchanan batted 2nd in the 3rd & 5th innings
X-2. Seth Frankoff, P: 0-1 (1-6 FC, R)
NOTE: Frankoff batted 2nd in the 8th inning
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-3 (6-3, BB, BB, K, F-9, SB)
2. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, F-7)
3. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 2-3 (1B, HBP, K, 1B, R)
4. Mark Zagunis, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, K, 5-3, 2B, R)
5. Todd Glaesmann, CF-DH: 1-3 (5-U FC, 2B, 6-3, F-7 SF, 2 RBI)
6a. Zach Davis, DH #2: 0-0 (BB)
6b. Brandon Cummins, CF: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
7. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-4 (6-3, K, P-6, 4-3)
8. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-3 (4-3, K, BB, 6-3)
9a. Ali Solis, C: 1-4 (1B, K, K, K)
9b. Miguel Amaya, C: NO AB
10. Roberto Caro, LF: 1-3 (BB, K, F-9, 1B)

1. Jake Buchanan: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/AO, 78 pitches (56 strikes)
2. Seth Frankoff: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 5/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Daniel Corcino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)

1. C Ali Solis: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. C Ali Solis: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
4. 1B Cael Brockmeyer: E-3 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)

Ali Solis: 1-5 CS, 2 E (see above)



X. Duane Underwood Jr, P: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
NOTE: Underwood batted 3rd in the 4th inning
1. Daniel Spingola, LF: 1-4 (1B, 3-U, 5-3, F-9)
2. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-4 (L-7, 6-3, 6-3, L-7)
3. Eddy Julio Matinez, LF: 3-4 (1B, 4-3, 2B, 1B))
4a. Alberto Mineo, DH: 1-3 (1B, K, K, RBI, PO)
4b. Gustavo Polanco, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
5a. Tyler Pearson, C: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
5b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (P-3)
6. Rafael Narea, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, F-8, RBI, CS)
7. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 4-3)
8. Ruben Reyes, CF: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K)
9a. Andrew Ely, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (K)

1. Duane Underwood Jr: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/6 GO/AO, 43 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Michael Wagner: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Jonathan Martinez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)



WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperaturses in the 80's


Phil, is Underwood looking more and more like a washout?

HAGSAG: Maybe. But there is still time for him to get it together.

Underwood's raw stuff (mid-90's FB, plus-CB, and CH) is what got him to where he is (Top 15 prospect and 40-man roster slot), but he seems to have difficulty polishing it and commanding it and making it work in games. And then he also has missed a lot of development time with injuries over the past couple of seasons (though no surgeries yet).

He reminds me a lot of Pierce Johnson. Mainly he just needs to have a solid season at AA in 2017 and build on that. Easier said than done, though.

I do think it's reasonable to suspect that Underwood will eventually end up in the bullpen, like Carl Edwards Jr and Pierce Johnson before him.

cubs/astros @mm park Schwarber LF Bryant 3B Rizzo 1B Zobrist RF Russell SS Heyward CF Contreras C Baez 2B La Stella DH it's not the regular season yet, but it'll be nice to see a game in a MLB park. it's on WGN and MLB Network in some areas out of market...7pm central, 8pm eastern, 2pm hawaii-aleutian, 12am GMT.

Heyward in CF? Guess they want Javy, Addy and Zo to all get some ABs and some time in the field.

he's been playing a lot of CF this spring...well, at least 4-5 times i know of and maybe more. i dunno what the plan is with jay/almora on board unless they plan on putting almora in AAA for a while. the baez/almora situation is really putting some lineup pressure on...but that's a good position to be in from a fan/manager/system point of view.

So Manfred was on Waddle and Silvy today and a few highlights: 1) He said the runner on 2nd base during extra innings was for the low leagues only and he made it as close to 100% as you're likely to hear from someone in his position that it won't get brought to the majors 2) He said he isn't as concerned about total game length as he is about making sure there aren't a lot of dead spots during play. The 2 minute guidelines for replays are just guidelines at this point but I get the impression it's going to be a permanent thing in the future. 3) DH to the NL isn't on his radar at this point and with the blunt way he answered a question about it sounded like he might be serious about that considering how willing he was to discuss everything else. Dunno I went from opposing it to 100% supporting it now but think it might be a moot point for the foreseeable future. 4) Sounds like there will be some changes to the WBC including with schedule in the future but he didn't say what. 5) He doesn't want to get involved in the Cubs and Sosa thing.

1- good. it's demo during the WBC was awful. i don't wanna see that crap. 2-5 whatever.

So I haven't been to Wrigley in 20 years or so but I'm bringing my daughter to Chicago in June and want to bring her to her first baseball game. What do you all recommend for good seating that will be kid friendly and in the lower tier of pricing?

Upper deck outfield box.

I have 2 seats in Sec. 223, Row 14. It's a cheaper-than-average ticket even though it's on the lower level and almost directly behind home (a section and a half to the first base side). Email [email protected] if you're interested.

nice. for reference (though not row 14)


cubs are wearing the blue away jerseys and astros are wearing their navy blue alternate jerseys. things get a little confusing on a wide angle view of action on the infield with runners. i guess i need a 70" TV.

zobrist believes he earned a walk, home ump calls him back, the home plate and 2 other infield umps can't recall the count, to the video they go for review. zobrist walks. it's spring training for umps, too.

jd catches a fly ball in the booth! awesome. also, b.anderson still sucks...and this cubs team likes to hit homers.

Time to be officially concerned about Rondon? He's been pretty lousy all spring, including the WBC. Although, as I recall, he was pretty lousy last spring, too(?).

2016 ST - 8ip 17h 2bb 8k - 12.39era 2.38whip really bad. that said, he's not looking so awesome this year aside from his velocity. also that said, i would have said the same thing at the end of last spring. i guess we'll find out. i've not seen him enough this spring to knock anything he's doing, so i got no insight about anything that might be a concern or source of his suck.

Interesting day for Schwarber -- 2 hits and an RBI at the plate, a CS and a PB behind it.

his CS was a thing of beauty...perfect throw. it was also off ex-cub marwin gonzalez. still, i wouldn't trust him behind the plate too much because of how stiff he works.

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  • crunch 1 hour 39 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 3 hours 6 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 3 hours 38 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now. 


  • Charlie 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    That was definitely my position prior to this year. But I am starting to buy into the claim that almost all pitchers are using something, even if it is rosin and sunscreen in many cases.