Bryant & Lopez Go Deep and Arrieta & Wada Look Sharp at Riverview Park

Kris Bryant slugged a solo home run over the CF fence, lined an RBI single, walked twice, and scored three runs, Rafael Lopez belted a three-run HR and collected another RBI on a bases loaded walk, Addison Russell hammered an RBI triple, walked, and scored two runs, and Miguel Montero ripped two RBI singles and scored a run, as the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) lambasted the Sacramento RiverCats (San Francisco Giants AAA affiliate) 14-4 on Field #6, and Ryan Dent and Cael Brockmeyer drilled back-to-back RBI doubles in the bottom of the 2nd as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants AA affiliate) played to a 2-2 tie on Field #5, in Cactus League minor league game action this afternoon at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

Ex-Cubs Ronny Cedeno and Brett Jackson each doubled and scored a run for Sacramento.  

With the Chicago Cubs idle, Jake Arrieta got his scheduled work in with Iowa in the AAA game, throwing five innings (58 pitches - 43 strikes) and allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits (four singles and a double) and no walks (but two WP), with six strikeouts (including five in a row at one point - the first four swinging), and a 4/4 GO/FO. 

LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (groin & hamstring rehab) got the start for Tennessee in the AA game and threw 3.1 IP of shutout ball (47 pitches - 30 strikes), allowing two hits (a single and a double) and no walks, with four strikeouts, and a 2/4 GO/FO.  

CF Albert Almora left the Tennessee game with a right knee injury, but he was able to walk (limp) to the clubhouse. 

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

1. John Andreoli, LF: 1-4 (K, L-9, 5-3, 1B
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-3 (P-3, F-8, F-7) 
2b. Anthony Giansanti, RF: 0-1 (6-4 FC) 
3. Kyle Schwarber, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 4-3, K) 
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #2: 1-2 (4-3, BB, 1B, BB) 
5. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 0-4 (5-3, L-8, 1-3, 4-3) 
6. Bijan Rademacher, RF-CF: 0-3 (K, K, 1-3) 
7. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 4-3, 6-3) 
8. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, 6-3, R)
9a. Ryan Dent, SS: 1-2 (2B, K, R, RBI)
10. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 2-3 (2B, 1B, F-7, RBI)

1. Tsuyoshi Wada: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 47 pitches (30 strikes) 
2. Ivan Pineyro: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 4/4 GO/FO, 50 pitches (36 strikes)
3. Fernando Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Andres Santiago: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (14 strikes) 

1B Dustin Geiger - E-3 (two-base throwing error on attempted 3-1 put-out allowed batter to reach 2nd base)

X. Miguel Montero, C 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Montero batted 3rd in the 1st, 6th in the 3rd, and 3rd in the 4th 
1. Adron Chambers, CF: 1-5 (E-3, L-7, 4-3, 1B, K, 2 R) 
2a. Addison Russell, SS: 1-1 (BB, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
2b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-3 (4-3, 1-3, 5-3)
3. Kris Bryant, 3B: 2-2 (1B, BB, HR, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI)
4. Rafael Lopez, DH #1: 1-3 (HR, K, K, BB, R, 4 RBI)
5a. Mike Baxter, LF: 1-4 (F-7, 2B, K, 5-4 FC, R, RBI)
5b. Kevin Encarnacion, LF: NO AB 
6. Chris Valaika, 1B: 1-4 (K, 4-3, 1B, K, R) 
7a. Rubi Silva, RF: 1-4 (K, E-8, 3B, 6-3, R, RBI)
7b. Pin-Chieh Chen, RF: NO AB 
8. Taylor Davis, DH-C: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, 6-3, R, RBI) 
9. Jonathon Mota, 2B: 1-4 (K, E-6, 1B, K, R, RBI)

1. Jake Arrieta: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 4/4 GO/FO, 58 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Yoanner Negrin: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 4/4 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes) 
3. Brad Markey: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 10 pitches (6 strikes) 


WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 90's 



"Kris Bryant slugged a solo home run over the CF fence, lined an RBI single, walked twice, and scored three runs" Of course he did.

Bryant playing 3B. Very interesting ...

if only he spent more time in his baseball career shagging flies in LF he'd be starting for the cubs on opening's funny like that.

"Addison Russell hammered an RBI triple, walked, and scored two runs" Of course he did.

There were a number of roster moves made at Minor League Camp prior to today's games: 

OF John Andreoli
LHRP Jeffry Antigua 
RHRP Frank Batista
RHSP Corey Black 
2B Stephen Bruno 
LHRP Hunter Cervenka
INF Ryan Dent 
RHSP C. J. Edwards 
OF-IF Anthony Giansanti
C Kyle Schwarber
SS Elliot Soto 
3B Christian Villanueva 
1B Dan Vogelbach 

C Willson Contreras 

RHRP Matt Brazis
3B Jeimer Candelario 
C Victor Caratini
LHRP Gerardo Concepcion 
INF Wes Darvill
OF Jake Hannemann
2B Danny Lockhart
OF Billy McKinney 
SS Carlos Penalver
RHRP Starling Peralta 
C Victor Caratini 

C Gioskar Amaya 
OF Jeffrey Baez 
OF Yasiel Balaguert
RHP Francisco Carrillo
LHRP Tyler Ihrig
C Justin Marra
OF Trey Martin 
RHRP Jasvir Rakkar 
RHSP Jake Stinnett 
SS Gleyber Torres
INF Jason Vosler 
2B Chesny Young 

OF Kevin Encarnacion 

C-1B Tyler Alamo 
OF Charcer Burks 
OF Eloy Jimenez 
OF Kevonte Mitchell
C Tyler Pearson 
INF Ho-Young Son
INF Tanner Witt 

Also, OF Pin-Chieh Chen was moved up from TENNESSEE to IOWA, OF Kevin Brown was moved up from SOUTH BEND to TENNESSEE (INF Tim Saunders is injured and probably will be assigned to EXST for rehab), and C Erick Castillo was moved up from SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH. 

hell of a smokies crew...

Completely unrelated to everything, but I had an epiphany of sorts tonight, well, an epiphanet, really. With the promise of improved relations with Cuba, and hopefully soon some commercial trade with our neighbors to the south, I would like to propose something. Ladies and gentleman, your Havana White Sox!!!

Montreal has a better shot. But they probably have their eyes on the Rays at the moment.

If the Cubs win the world series, Ricketts should be able to help contribute to the cause monetarily somehow. Just trying to rid us of the White Sox, and, more specifically, Hawk Harrelson. Banishing him to Havana will mean he'll be off the Chicago airwaves.

If you want Hawk off the Chicago airwaves, you just need the White Sox to fall behind by 4 or more runs in the late innings.


Not your fathers Cubs Braves Vicaino 80 game pinch for roids

Billy McKinney to MB? Interesting.

Seems like a weird move to me. Should be ready for AA, but I'll be surprised if he doesn't end up there soon anyway.

The Cubs have released LHP Austin Kirk and INF Tanner Witt from Minor League Camp. 

Kirk was the Cubs 3rd round pick ($320K signing bonus) in the 2009 draft out of Owasso HS - Owasso, OK. He threw a nine-inning no-hitter for Peoria on the 4th of July 2011, and he was the starting pitcher for the North squad in the Florida State League All-Star Game in 2012. But he was unable to establish himself beyond "A" ball, and by 2014 had morphed into a secondary lefty reliever at AA Tennessee. Kirk was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA after the 2015 season, so he probably had no long-term future with the Cubs even if he hadn't been released at this time.  

Witt was acquired from the Rockford Aviators (Frontier League) prior to the start of Spring Training. He was Frontier League Rookie of the Year in 2014 after playing four seasons at Kansas State. He attended Lake Zurich HS. 


Looks like Tony Zych is a goner too. His Twitter feed indicates so, anyway

I always had hope for Zych as a hard thrower. He just seemed to be very hittable when it came to results. Reminded me of Kyle Farnsworth lite (without the fan kicking incident).

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  • crunch 7 hours 3 min ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012


  • crunch 7 hours 5 min ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.


  • Hagsag 10 hours 55 sec ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.


  • Charlie 10 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.


  • JustSayin' 22 hours 50 min ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.


  • bigsky33 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view) la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.


  • Cubster 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.