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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  • Cubster 19 min 31 sec ago (view)

    The Jared Porter story gets worse and does involve the Cubs. 

    The Jared Porter situation is equally a Cubs and a Mets problem. The Mets need a new GM. The Cubs need to reevaluate themselves as an organization.


  • Cubster 2 hours 28 min ago (view)

    and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska. 


  • bradsbeard 2 hours 54 min ago (view)

    It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic. 


  • crunch 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.

    tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...

    cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.


  • George Altman 13 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras  - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.


  • crunch 13 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Q to the angels...supposedly 1/8m


  • crunch 22 hours 26 min ago (view)

    pete ricketts (the governor of Nebraska ricketts) is a key part of an anti-gambling Nebraska group called "Gambling With The Good Life" that actively lobbied their open legislature...including a speech by keep gambling illegal in Nebraska.

    he last spoke for the group to the state government in-session 3 months ago.'s also worth mentioning all of this is separate from the Draft Kings/Wrigley Field deal that flew under the radar toward the end of the season that will put a sportsbook directly in wrigley field, itself.


  • Charlie 23 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Of all the things, why does this most make me want to punch


  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I thought the Cubs had lost a rising star in Porter, seems the just got lucky with him leaving the organization. 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    jared porter...damn dude...mets gm, ex cubs director of scouting...


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    cubs freeing up that chatwood + lester loot sure did help...wait...sigh.


  • Cubster 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Plus Chatwood signing w Bluejays is done.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    ...and done.  1 year deal with a mutual option.


  • Cubster 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Dolorous in discussions with the Washington Schwarbs.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    that's where i'd put my money.  he gave up an alarming amount of HR last season, giving pause.  still, he's shown he's better than a 5 slot guy...


  • Cubster 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    God knows, the pitching staff needs more Garlick but the offense needs to ward off those strikeout demons.