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 5 hours 27 min ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip


  • crunch 5 hours 39 min ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.


  • crunch 6 hours 21 min ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.


  • crunch 6 hours 37 min ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.


  • crunch 6 hours 39 min ago (view)

    11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

    i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 57 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

    Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 


  • crunch 8 hours 47 min ago (view)

    alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that whatever changes are made in the new CBA regarding compensation draft picks for losing a Qualified Player will be implemented in the 2022 draft. They might, however, remove the penalty of losing a draft pick after signing a qualified player, and that could easily be implemented in the 2022 draft. That would seem to be a demand the MLBPA would make that the MLB owners could accept. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Going over the CBT threshhold in 2020 but not in 2021 will not affect which draft pick a club receives if it loses a player who receives a Qualifying Offer post-2021 World Series and that player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 MLB Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft).


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    w.franco getting called up by TB.  he's amazing.  check him out.  agressive at the plate and on the bases (and gets away with it)...rather decent in the field.  javy baez meets ronald acuna type stuff...


  • tim815 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring in the off-season, nobody has any idea what will happen in 2022, if there's an MLB season in 2022.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy cubs even matter in 2021 this late in june...also, that the cards are barely playing .500 ball.

    cubs were supposed to be "competitive" going into the season, but we were hearing a lot more about who's going to be traded mid-season than how competitive they were/are expected to be.

    also, the dbacks are down by 8 runs on their way to their 17th loss in a row.  they've only won 20 games this year.  AZ games are my go-to late night (east coast over here) preferred viewing and it's been some terrible baseball to watch.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Sorry if this is explained somewhere and I missed it, but who knows the exact compensation the Cubs would get if they made qualifying offers to Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez after the season, all three turned them down and they each signed with different teams? I read that the Cubs exceeded the Luxury Tax in 2020, so apparently that changes the draft pick value. Thanks in advance!


  • Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Rockies tie game w 6-spot vs Brewers


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    schwarber has 5HR in the last 2 days (3 games) and 9 homers in his last 10 games.


    also, t.chatwood picked up a spot save for TOR today.