Cubs Sweep A's in Cactus League Minor League Opening Day Action
Rob Zastryzny and four relievers combined to toss a six-hit shutout and Trey Martin roped a double and an RBI single, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) shutout the Midland Rockhounds (Oakland A's AA affiliate) 4-0 on Field #5, and Jeimer Candelario belted two run-scoring doubles, Dan Vogelbach singled twice, walked, and scored two runs, and John Andreoli hammered a solo HR and a single, leading the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Cubs) to an 8-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds (A's AAA affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League game action Thursday afternoon at Mesa Cubtown at Riverview Park.
Although it doesn''t make much sense geograhically, the A's transferred their AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) from Sacramento to Nashville after the 2014 season.
Also, the A's Hi-A and Lo-A players reported to Spring Training a week later than the A's AA and AAA players, so the A's were unable to field teams to play the Cubs Hi-A and Lo-A squads at the A's new minor league home at Fitch Park, as would normally be the case when the two clubs' AA and AAA squads meet each other at Riverview Park. So the South Bend Cubs and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (the Cubs Lo-A and Hi-A affiliates, respectively) played an intrasquad game on Field #4 simultaneous with the Cactus League Minor League tilts on Fields 5 and 6.
Jake Stinnett got the start for Myrtle Beach and Josh Conway was the starter for South Bend in the intrasquad game, and both of the right-handers threw three innings and allowed one run a piece. Stinnett struck out four. James Norwood also threw three innings for South Bend. Eloy Jimenez clubbed a solo HR for South Bend off Pelicans LHRP Michael Heesch in the 4th inning.
Only six of the position players presently assigned to the Iowa squad played in the game against Nashville. The others (Contreras, Giansanti, Ha, Silva, Soto, and Villanueva) were called-up to the big club to provide depth at the MLB "B" game at Sloan Patk and the night game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. Several members of the Tennessee squad (including Caratini, Darvill, McKinney, and Rademacher) were also absent from Minor League Camp today (same reason as the I-Cubs six), and Candelario and Chen were moved-up from Tennessee to Iowa for the day.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two Cactus League Minor League games played on Fields #5 & #6 (Cubs players only):
1. Jake Hannemann, CF: 2-5 (1B, E-5, 1B, K, E-3, SB, CS) :
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-5 (F-9, P-4, 5-4 FC, K, F-9, R, RBI)
3a. Shane Kennedy, 3B: 2-3 (1B, K-DP, 1B, PO)
3b. Tim Saunders, 3B: 0-1 (K)
4. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-4 (K, 4-3, 4-3, L-9, RBI)
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (L-7, K, K, 6-3)
6. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, L-8, 3-1, SB)
7. Ben Carhart, DH-C: 1-3 (2B, BB, K, 6-3, R)
8. Cael Brockmeyer, C-DH: 2-4 (2B, P-3, K, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Trey Martin, LF: 2-3 (1B, 2B, HBP, K, 2 R, RBI, SB, PO)
1. Rob Zastryzny: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/FO, 46 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Andres Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Jose Rosario: 2.0 IP 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 34 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Ben Wells: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Tayler Scott: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEEFENSE:
Ben Carhart 0-1 CS
1. John Andreoli, CF: 2-5 (1B, HR, F-9, 4-3, P-4, R, RBI, CS)
2a. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, HBP, K, 2 R)
2b. Shawn Dunston Jr, PH-LF: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
3. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, 2 R)
4a. Rafael Lopez, C: 2-3 (F-8, 1B, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4b. Taylor Davis, C: 0-1 (K)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-3 (4-3, 2B, 2B, 2 RBI)
5b. David Bote, 3B-SS: 1-1 (1B, SB)
6a. Ryan Dent, SS: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-8, R, SB)
6b. Bryant Flete, SS-2B: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
7a. Pin-Chieh Chen, RF: 1-3 (3B, K, L-8, RBI)
7b. Adonis Paula, LF-3B: 0-1 (K)
8a. Kevin Brown, LF-DH: 0-3 (L-3, 3-6-1 DP, K)
8b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 1-1 (2B)
9a. Andrew Ely, DH: 0-3 (1-3, F-8, K)
9b. Shamil Ubiera, RF 1-1 (1B)
1. Ivan Pineyro: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 48 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Barret Loux: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Hunter Cervenka: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Fernando Cruz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Matt Brazis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 27 pitches (17 pitches)
6. Armando Rivero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
7. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: 1
2B Stephen Bruno - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Taylor Davis: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Overcast & very breezy with temperatures in the 60's
Jackstraw 38 min 58 sec ago (view)
So, me and Shelby Miller. ERA's of infinity.
1966, Arlington Heights, Berbecker Park. Me, a weak hitting, modest fielding, enthusiastic 1B, 2B, and OF. Gritty. Playing for the Rebels. One of our two actual pitchers having an off day. The other one being saved for our next game, against a league leading team. We're down 9-2, or so. Coach calls huddle on the mound, says "who wants to pitch?" My hand shoots up.
Rob Richardson 1 hour 50 min ago (view)
At this point are there any players on this team that you would make a qualifying offer to much less a long term extension.
Charlie 2 hours 15 min ago (view)
With a title like, "It's probably time to be worried about Javier Baez," I think TCR readers might be ahead of the game.
crunch 3 hours 22 min ago (view)
off-day tomorrow. ATL gets to come into town next to strike out 20 cubs and give up 2-4 hits.
we're trying to get at least 2 guys hitting .250 or move over here in cubs nation. i'm pretty sure this is still chili davis's fault.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 24 min ago (view)
Arizona vintage Shelby today
crunch 4 hours 26 min ago (view)
shelby miller is dildos.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 23 min ago (view)
Shelby Miller's minor league contract opt out was probably 4/15.
Sonicwind75 6 hours 12 min ago (view)
Good and/or depressing article about Javy over on Fangraphs.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 30 min ago (view)
Shelby Miller selected, Alzolay optioned. Adam returns, Wieck optioned. Romine returns, Wolters DFA
crunch 22 hours 20 sec ago (view)
wow, a cubs moment to root for. that's been a while.
crunch 22 hours 5 min ago (view)
pedro strop returns!
slider looks great, but (as designed) he rarely throws it in the zone...fishing for swings/misses and bad contact. he's got great command of it nibbling low and both sides of the plate.
fastball coming in 92-94mph without much movement. you could tell in the arias AB how much he didn't want to throw him a fastball (continuing to throw the slider on a 3-1 for a foul, and walking him with a slider on the next pitch).
1ip 1h 1bb 1k, 0 r/er
crunch 1 day 25 min ago (view)
...and matt duffy placed on the covid list (no positive, possible contact)
crunch 1 day 37 min ago (view)
hendricks scratched because he's "not feeling well."
a.mills steps in.
Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Back door firing all the players through COVID protocols? Better clear some shelf space for that manager of the year trophy.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Patrick Mooney @PJ_Mooney
Cubs manager David Ross says none of the team’s players on the COVID-19-related injured list have tested positive: “We’re going to err on the side of caution.”
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
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