Just Another Cubs & Brew Crew Long-Ball Feud at Riverview Park

Cael Brockmeyer reached base five times (three singles, an RBI double, and a walk), Todd Glaesmann doubled and scored, belted a solo home run, and tripled (leaving him a single short of a "cycle"), Stephen Bruno roped a solo HR and an RBI single, walked, and reached base on an HBP, Jeffrey Baez slugged a solo HR and singled, and Jason Vosler doubled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another for the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), and Lewis Brinson, Nick Noonan, and Brett Phillips drilled consecutive RBI singles to highlight a four-run 2nd inning and then Brinson (two-run shot), Phillips (solo blast), and Ryan Cordell (solo dinger) belted home runs (all three HR coming off RHRP Miguel Mejia) in a four-run 4th for the Colorado Sky Sox (AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers), as the two teams played to a 9-9 tie on Field #6, and Johnny Davis collected four hits and three RBI (two run-scoring doubles and two singles) and Dustin Houle drilled two RBI singles, walked, and scored two runs, leading the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers AA affiliate) to an 11-3 drubbing of the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Thursday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.    

Ian Rice smacked a solo HR and singled and scored and Jesse Hodges went 3-3 (two singles and a triple) and scored a run for Tennessee in a losing cause.

A number of players were temporarily moved-up to the Iowa and Tennessee squads from lower levels to replace players who traveled with the Cubs MLB squad to Houston.

RHP Miguel Mejia (competing for a bullpen job with Iowa) and RHRP Daury Torrez (competing for a bullpen job with Tennessee) had especially bad outings at a most inopportune time. Mejia surrendered three home runs (plus two more near HR) in one inning and Torrez was belted around like a BP pitcher (allowing four runs on five hits while only recording two outs). 

Ex-Atlanta Braves RHSP Williams Perez (competing for a SP job with Iowa) was hit hard as well, getting the start for the I-Cubs and allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks in just three innings. Unless he is left behind at Extended Spring Training to "find his stuff," there does not appear to be a path to the Iowa roster for Perez.    

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


X. Zach Hedges, P: 0-1 (1-4 SH, 1-6 FC)
NOTE: Hedges batted 2nd in the 4th & 5th innings
1. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-4 (5-3, F-8, E-6, P-6)
2. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, BB, K, P-4, SB)
3. Ian Rice, 1B: 2-4 (HR, F-9, K, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
4a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, F-8)
4b. Erick Castillo, C: 1-1 (2B)
5a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 3-3 (3B, 1B, 1B, R)
5b. Edgar Rondon, 3B: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
6. Tyler Pearson, DH: 1-3 (F-8 SF, 1B, FC, F-8, RBI)
7a. Vimael Machin, 2B: 0-3 (L-6, K, K)
7b. Carlos Diaz, PH: 0-1 (F-9)
8a. Brandon Cummins, RF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B)
8b. Jose Gonzalez, RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
9a. Andrew Ely, SS: 1-2 (4-3, 1B)
9b. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 0-2 (K, 6-3)

1. Zach Hedges: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6/2 GO/AO, 73 pitches (43 strikes)
2. Daury Torrez: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Andury Acevedo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Dave Berg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)

P Zach Hedges: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
1. Alberto Mineo: 0-2 CS
2. Erick Castillo: 0-2 CS 



1. Jeffrey Baez, LF: 2-5 (5-3, HR, K, 6-3, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
2. Todd Glaesmann, CF: 3-5 (2B, 4-3, F-9, HR, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 1-5 (2B, L-8, K, 4-3, 4-3, RBI)
4. Jeimer Candelario, DH: 1-3 (BB, K, L-7, BB, 2B, 2 R)
5. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 4-4 (BB, 1B, 1B, 1B, 2B, 2 R, RBI, CS)
6. Jason Vosler, 3B: 2-5 (K, K, 2B, 2B, K, R, RBI)
7a. Ali Solis, C: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, F-9 SF, RBI)
7b. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-1 (K)
8. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 2-3 (HR, BB, 1B, K, HBP, R, 2 RBI)
9. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-4 (6-3, BB, 2B, 6-3, K, RBI)

1. Williams Perez: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 52 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Miguel Mejia: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 1/4 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Jose Rosario: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 19 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Gerardo Concepcion: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO./AO, 18 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Zac Rosscup: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)

RF Eddy Julio Martinez: E-9 (two-base fielding error on ground single to RF allowed batter to reach 3rd base safely)

Ali Solis: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80's


RHP Andury Acevedo and RHP David Garner were moved down to the Tennessee squad from the Iowa squad prior to Thursday's doubleheader at Riverview Park, and most of the relief pitchers who were originally assigned to the South Bend squad at the start of Minor League Camp have been moved down to Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training). So expect a half-dozen or more relievers to be moved down to the South Bend squad from the Iowa, Tennessee, and/or (especially) Myrtle Beach squads tomorrow or Saturday.

Also, the Cubs have purchased the contract of 19-year old OF Alonso Gaitan from los Toros de Tijuana (Mexican League). Gaitan played for Tijuana against the Cubs at Minor League Camp last week and impressed the Cub brass. I expect one or more Cubs minor leaguers to be "loaned" to Tijuana and/or Yucatan to help alleviate the roster crunch at the end of Minor League Camp.

In addition, catcher Erick Castillo (presently assigned to the Tennessee squad) is no longer switch-hitting. He is now batting only RH. Castillo is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the Cubs system, and batting only RH going forward might help improve the offensive side of his game.

RHRP Jose Rosario pitched in a Cactus League Minor League game again on Thursday and continues to have control issues bordering on "Steve Blass Disease."

At this point I would be surprised if Rosario makes the Iowa Opening Day roster, although being on the MLB 40-man roster means he gets cut more slack than other relievers competing for jobs at AAA and AA.

He could be left behind at Extended Spring Training to work on his issues.

Thanks PHIL: Can he hit? If he can, maybe the Cubs can try him in the OF ala Rick Ankiel?

Ugh, that's not encouraging to hear. Cubs' RP depth takes a bit of a hit if he can't get right. Along those lines, any idea why Nick Sarinanides was let go? He was pretty dominant for Tennessee last year and seemed like he could have been useful depth in Iowa

I'm a Sarianides guy, as well. However, with the roster as constructed, he was Triple-A or bust. And he scuffled some this spring. With Pena, Johnson, Floro, and others in the Iowa pen, Nick wasn't there yet. I'm guessing he latches on somewhere.

Speaking of Blass/Ankiel - Has Hector Rondon turned into a pumpkin? We'll see in the next 60 days I suppose. He just has not looked good the entire Spring training. He has not pitched well since July of last year. Then the injury. Sept/Oct - opp batters nailed him for 1.141 OPS in 9 games. This is a "trend".

It is scary stuff -- Rondon's ERA on Aug. 2 was 1.70. Then, in Sept/Oct, he gave up 13H and 2BB in 7.1 IP -- WHIP over 2.0. Maddon clearly had no confidence in him in the playoffs, and he has been lousy all spring. With Davis, Strop, CJ, Koji, Grimm and Monty, Hector isn't going to be getting many opportunities in key situations. Hope he can figure something out -- he was a real weapon in 2015 and most of 2016.

That #5 starter looks pretty dang good.

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  • crunch 1 hour 45 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 12 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 30 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 3 hours 44 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 mlb.tv 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.