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)
9b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
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)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
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)
IOWA ERRORS: 0
WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 90's
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)
aww...de 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.