Cubs Send Bullpen to Riverview to Stabilize Isotopes

Cubs MLB bullpen members Brandon Morrow, Justin Wilson, and Brian Duensing combined to hurl 3.1 IP of shutout ball to get things started, Charcer Burks (RBI single) and David Bote (RBI double) drove-in what proved to be the winning runs in the bottom of the 1st, and Dillon Maples earned an easy save with a 1-2-3 14-pitch 9th, as the Cubs AAA Iowa affiliate edged the Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate) 2-1 on Field #6, and RHSP Ryan Castellani hurled four innings of shutout ball and the Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies AA affiliate) banged-out 15 hits en route to an 8-1 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader action Thursday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

The game on Field #5 was called after eight innings of play.

Morrow (4-3, K, 3B, BB), Wilson (5-4 FC, F-8, 1B, L-4 DP, K), and Duensing (F-7, F-8, 2B, K) were sent to the Cubs backfields to get work in the AAA game, and Chris Gimenez was their catcher, going 1-5 at the plate (F-8, 2B, K, 6-3, K) while hitting once in each of the first five innings.
 
Luis Hidalgo was hit in the helmet with a pitch in the bottom of the 8th inning on Field #5 and had to leave the game (although he left the field under his own power).   

As usual several position-players were moved-up to the Tennessee and Iowa squads to get some playing time with the more-advanced players. 

A number of Cubs minor leaguers have been (or currently are) sick, apparently with the same bug that sidelined Kyle Hendricks this week.

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

 
FIELD #5:

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-4 (L-7, K, 6-3, F-8)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, 1B, BB)
3a. Zack Short, DH: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, F-9)
3b. Luis Hidalgo, PH: 0-0 (HBP)
3c. Robert Garcia, PR (NO AB)
4a. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-2 (4-3, P-6)
4b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-2 (K, F-8)
5a. Trent Giambrone, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 2B, R)
5b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB)
6a. Daniel Spingola, LF: 1-2 (L-4, 3B, RBI)
6b. Chris Pieters, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
7. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-4 (K, 5-3, 5-3 DP, 5-4-3 DP)
8a. Kevin Cornelius, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-1 (L-9, K)
9a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-2 (1B, K)
9b. Tyler Payne, C: 1-2 (1B, L-8)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Duncan Robinson: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Jake Stinnett: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 40 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Dakota Mekkes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-4 CS

TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Daniel Spingola - runner thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd on two-base E-5

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FIELD #6:

IOWA LINEUP:
X. Chris Gimenez, C-DH: 1-5 (F-8, 2B, K, 6-3 DP, K)
NOTE: Gimenez batted 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1. Wynton Bernard, CF: 1-3 (2B, P-4, 5-3, R)
2. Charcer Burks, RF: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, CS, RBI)
3a. David Bote, SS-DH: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI)
3b. Erick Castillo, PH: 0-1 (4-3) 
4. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-3 (4-3, F-8, 4-3)
5a. Chesny Young, 2B-SS: 0-2 (K, K)
5b. Jose A. Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
6a. Jason Vosler, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, K)
6b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (K)
7a. Ian Rice, DH-C: 0-1 (HBP, L-9)
7b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, 6-3)
9. P. J. Higgins, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
10. Christian Donahue, DH-2B: 0-2 (L-7, K)

IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Brandon Morrow: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Justin Wilson: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Brian Duensing: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Luke Farrell: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/6 GO/AO, 58 pitches (35 strikes)
5. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)

IOWA ERRORS: NONE

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Ian Rice: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 44

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's

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nice ass, phil.

d.maples throwing 10 strikes out of 14 pitches sounds great.  consistency would be nice.  it would be nice to see him look like early-career carlos marmol rather than late-career carlos marmol.

Interesting battle in progress for Opening Day starting rotations at the Cubs four full-season affiliates: IOWA: Tseng, Mills, Farrell, Zastryzny, and Underwood have the inside track right now, with Roth and/or Camarena (and perhaps eventually Bass) in the mix as piggy-backers or swing-men. Hedges, Pugliese, and Markey have been used only as relievers so far. Webster, Hultzen, and R. Williams are in the Rehab Throwing Program and almost certainly will be left behind at EXST. TENNESSEE: Alzolay, Clifton, Hatch, and Robinson virtual locks, with Rucker, Kellogg, and/or K. Miller competing for the 5th slot (the other two could be piggy-backers/swing-men). Morrison, Bloomquist, and Perakslis have been used only as relievers so far but could possibly be piggybackers/swing-man (but not rotation starters). MYRTLE BEACH: de la Cruz and Paulino are virtual locks, with Hudson, Moreno, Lange, Thomas, Thompson, T. Miller, and/or Swarmer competing for the other three slots and probably two piggy-back/swing-men slots. A couple could get moved-down to South Bend by the end of Minor League Camp. Leal and M. Rondon are in the Rehab Throwing Program and will almost certainly be left behind at EXST. SOUTH BEND: Albertos, Little, Uelmen, Abbott, Assad, Camargo, and/or B. Clark are competing for five slots, with the additional possibility that a couple of the Myrtle Beach SP candidates could move down to South Bend by the end of Minor League Camp.

Thanks Phil, that's really helpful and interesting. Interesting that Underwood got moved up to Iowa, and has a chance to start there. I'd guessed he'd start at Tennessee again. I hope that Rucker can beat out Kellogg and Miller. May have been mirage, but last year results suggest that perhaps he pitches better than his stuff would suggest. I'd kinda like to see him keep starting until/unless he finally struggles. Will be interesting to see if Hatch steps up this year, and if Clifton rebounds. Seems like some good big-league prospects at Tenn, and perhaps a pretty effective minor-league staff. Myrtle: Interesting that for the moment, you see Lange still fighting for a spot there. May change, or course. I'd guessed he'd start at South Bend, and work on using his change and 4-seam-up at a lower level where fewer hitters will punish mistakes. Hard to imagine Thomas or T Miller beating out two of those other six guys..... That could be a really good staff, and perhaps look even better given that Carolina League is pretty pitching-friendly and anti-HR. South Bend: That too could be a really, really good and interesting staff, even more so if Lange drops back there. Obviously it might not perform that great if Little is wild most of the time. But five really interesting big-league prospects. I'm curious about Abbott? Cubs used 2nd round pick on him, ahead of Thompson and Uelmann, and didn't subslot him particularly or anything. I wonder what his agenda is at South Bend. Also change and 4-seam-up? I'd thought given his scouting as a control artist, that perhaps he'd be a candidate to skip straight to Myrtle? Haven't heard much about him, though; and the Callis/BA scouting reports actually seemed to have less buzz than the Thompson or Uelmann reports. BA had kinda weird scouting notes, suggested fastball was 89-93, with slider 86-88. If so, that would seem an unusually fast slider, particularly for a guy whose fastball is only slightly faster. Wouldn't seem the velocity separation usually associated with slider/fastball? Anyway, thanks Phil. Fun to think about. Seem like a lot of pitcher who are already interesting, and have a chance to become more so. Obviously won't work for a lot of them, but a nice pool of guys who might step up pretty favorably and be really interesting by trade deadline.

sandoval is straight up standing about 30-40ft from home plate taking swings while Q pitches, timing his stuff.

spring training is weird.  cubs 1st round draft picks have permanently blinded people for similar antics.

hey, alright...it seems the "save america's pasttime act" finally found a new home in the new budget proposal. this pretty much kills any labor/pay discussion involving these 1000s of players that may come up in the future. good going billionaire team owners. that's some classy stuff right there.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2765933-minor-league-baseball-players-to-lose-minimum-wage-rights-under-spending-bill

Zobrist is hitting .192.  Heyward's at .205.  Last year, they were both terrible.  Heyward has been terrible for two years.  Nothing indicates anything has changed with either of them. It will be interesting to see if Theo's "playing time will be based on merit" is a real thing.  I guess the best case is maybe Joe won't play them at the same time. 

given what's happened this off-season with the "market crash" on player pay, it is looking really likely the cubs are gonna have this heyward contract for the duration. he would really have to turn it on and then some to walk away from 5 years at 21+ million per year left on his deal (78m paid out 2016-2018).

The Cubs have been giving David Bote reps at SS this week at Minor League Camp, as they obviously intend to use him all over the infield.

Bote played SS in HS, JC, and in his first couple of seasons in pro ball, so he knows how to play the position. It's just that he is a bit stiff to be a full-time SS (he's sort of out-grown the position). But at least he can play there in a pinch, although he is clearly much better at 2B and 3B (and 1B).

Bote got really bad reviews on his defense in the AFL, but he’s looked impressive to me at both 2B and 3B. I think his size has a lot to do with the reports. But he seems to have quick reaction and decent range (and a solid arm). Probably doesn’t have the range or hands for SS, but I think he’ll be a good defensive 2B and maybe even better as a 3B.

Glad to see Underwood and Torrez moved up to Iowa. I think both have made a bunch of progress. Do you agree Phil?

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  • Hagsag 11 hours 10 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 50 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2

     

  • Cubster 18 hours 51 min ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 20 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 23 min ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!

     

  • crunch 20 hours 42 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.

     

  • tim815 21 hours 17 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 8 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 26 min ago (view)

    Thanks!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.