Cubs have their way with the Giants, may not lose in 2019

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Two spring games, and two victories for the Cubs as they wiped the floor with the Giants today.  Now I’m sure the Cubs will lose at some point this year (maybe?), and spring doesn’t mean much of anything but it’s nice to see two wins on the board early.

The second inning told the story in this one as the Cubs exploded for eight runs, six of those runs off postseason world beater Madison Bumgarner.  The Cubs implemented the death by a thousand cuts attack as only two of their thirteen hits were of the extra base variety.  Albert Almora had a good day out of the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.  Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber also made their 2019 debut today and were effective at the plate.  Schwarber looked particularly good going 1-for-1 with two walks, and an RBI double off Bumgarner.

Tyler Chatwood got the start today, and only managed to walk one batter.  That number is a bit deceiving as Chatwood worked behind in the count repeatedly, hit a batter, and gave up a two run shot to Brandon Belt.  At this point the results mean little for Chatwood, it’s more about finding the strike zone, and today would have to be summed up as… meh.  Two intriguing arms that could factor into the Cubs 2019 bullpen tossed scoreless innings today.  James Norwood worked his way out of some trouble after giving up two hits, and walking one in his inning of work.  Meanwhile, Dillon Maples was spitting hot fire, he struck out two without allowing a base-runner in the victory.

Next up for the Cubs, split squad action in the desert.  Christian Bergman will get the start against the Dodgers while Jon Lester gets his first crack at spring action against Manny Machado’s Padres.

Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 19, 2016

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TUESDAY APRIL 19, 2016

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Things started horribly for the Iowa Cubs as they trailed 6-0 after four innings before making a furious comeback that fell just short.  With the loss the Cubs fall to 4-7 on the season while New Orleans moves to 5-8.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara continues to have a bounce back 2016; he went 3-for-5 with his first triple of the season, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Willson Contreras actually made a couple of outs last night; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach had another solid game; he went 1-for-3 with his fourth double of the season, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Albert Almora had a huge game; he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored. Almora is now hitting .324 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Scott Barnes got the start, and was torched. He worked two innings, giving up five runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Stephen Perakslis was solid out of the pen; he worked three innings, giving up two runs, both unearned while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Giovanni Soto worked a solid scoreless inning in his Cubs organizational debut.
  • Felix Pena was strong as he kept the Cubs in it; he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out three.

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It was all Smokies in this one as they smacked three dingers en route to a 9-3 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann ripped his first homer of the season; he went 1-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young was all over the place last night; he went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario snapped out of an early season funk; he went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had a huge game, what else is new? He went 2-for-4 with two homers (Four on the season now), four RBI’s, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey struggled a bit with his command but did enough to pick up his first win of the season. Markey worked five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while walking four, and striking out three.
  • Michael Jensen was decent in relief; he worked two innings, giving up one runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • James Pugliese and Josh Conway each worked a scoreless inning to shut the door on this one.

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It was a rough night for the Pelicans as they blew two different leads before eventually falling to Winston-Salem by a score of 6-5.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres has been really struggling so far this year; last night he went 1-for-4 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Yasiel Balaguert had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jason Vosler continued his solid start to the year; he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .341 on the season.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a solid game; he went 1-for-3 with his third double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez turned in a solid outing; unfortunately he had to settle for a no decision. He worked six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was hung with the loss in this one; he worked 2.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.

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At the Plate:

  • P.J. Higgins had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Spingola has been red hot so far this year; he went 3-for-5, and is now hitting .394 on the season.
  • Andrew Ely went 3-for-4 with a double in the loss.
  • Ian Rice went 2-for-4, but the Cubs could not do anything as they were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, oof.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison got the start and was hung with his second loss of the season. Morrison worked 2.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Casey Bloomquist poured a fair bit of gasoline on the fire; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up six runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier was also roughed up in relief; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up two runs on one hit while walking three, and striking out three.
  • James Norwood was the lone bright spot; he worked 1.2 scoreless/hitless innings while striking out one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 13, 2016

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs finally found the offensive explosion that they have been searching for as they scored eight times over the first five innings en route to a 9-5 victory over New Orleans.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara ripped his first home run of the season; he went 1-for-4 with a walk, said homer, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach has had a great start; he went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and is now hitting .391 on the season.
  • Albert Almora is getting on base quite a bit; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and three runs scored.
  • Juan Perez had a huge day; he went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI’s, and one run scored.
  • Logan Watkins couldn’t make an out yesterday; he went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Stephen Fife got the start and was brilliant; he worked 4.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Miguel Mejia was torched, but picked up the win (the win stat is horrible); he worked an inning, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero turned in another solid outing; he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.
  • Carl Edwards Jr. was roughed up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton finished this one off by working a scoreless ninth inning.

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All Smokies in this one, Tennessee jumped out to a 7-0 lead en route to a 7-3 victory over Birmingham.  The Smokies pounded out 13 hits, and walked six times, nice to see the “Cubs Way” permeating the organization.

At the Plate:

  • Big night for Jeimer Candelario; he went 3-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Taylor Davis has been solid this year; he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and two runs scored to bring his average to .333 on the season.
  • Bijan Rademacher doesn’t appear to be bothered by AA pitching; he went 3-for-5 with his second dinger of the year, four RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Anthony Giansanti went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
  • Carlos Penalver also chipped in; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn got the start and was brilliant in picking up his first win of the season. Pauly worked six scoreless innings, giving up four hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • David Garner was solid in relief; he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Andury Acevedo had a weird, horrible outing; he worked 1.1 innings giving up three runs, on NO HITS while walking FIVE, and striking out two, okay then.
  • Starling Peralta closed the door on this one by recording the final out to get out of Acevedo’s trouble, Peralta picked up his first save of the year.

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Myrtle Beach came out on the wrong end of a pretty solid game between two teams.  After falling behind 2-0 early the Pelicans tied things up in the third and it stayed that way until Winston-Salem scored twice in the ninth.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford has been awesome so far this year; he went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. He is now hitting .381 on the season from the lead-off spot.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. continues to produce; he went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.
  • I love Ian Happ, deal with it. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the loss.
  • Yasiel Balaguert, Jason Volser, and Jeffrey Baez each finished the night with one hit a piece.

On the Mound:

  • Great effort from Jonathan Martinez after a shaky first; he worked seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • James Pugliese picked up the loss in relief; he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three.

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A huge fourth inning propelled South Bend to a 6-5 victory over Bowling Green.  Things got a little uneasy late in this one as the Hot Rods pulled to within one before their rally fizzled out.

At the Plate:

  • Remember how much I love Ian Happ? I love Donnie Dewees just as much; he went 3-for-4 with his second double of the year, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  He is now hitting .440 on the season, that’s basically unpossible.
  • Sutton Whiting had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Bryant Flete has been very good this year as well; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .429 on the season.
  • Tyler Alamo chipped in from the nine spot in the order; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison struggled a bit with command but was good enough to pick up his first win of the season. Morrison worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out six.
  • James Norwood had a rough go of it out of the pen; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out three.
  • Greyfer Eregura was solid in picking up his first save of the year; he worked 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 8, 2016

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016

Iowa 4-8-16

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After falling behind 4-0 early the Iowa Cubs fell just short in their comeback attempt as they dropped a nail biter to Round Rock, 4-3.

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On the Mound:

  • Stephen Fife was roughed up in this one, he worked three innings, giving up four runs on five hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Jean Machi was brilliant, he worked two scoreless innings while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Felix Pena was just as good, he worked two scoreless innings, walking one, and striking out two.
  • J. Riefenhauser, and Miguel Mejia each worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

Tenn 4-8-16

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The Smokies couldn’t muster much offense in their quest to move to 2-0 on the season as they could only scratch across one run in a 2-1 loss to Mobile.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn struggled early, giving up five hits over the first two innings, but that was it for the night. Blackburn worked five innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out two.
  • Michael Jensen was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black picked up the loss in this one, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Andury Acevedo worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.

MB 4-8-16

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The Pelicans came up just short in their attempt at coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the sixth inning.  Myrtle Beach pulled to within one before falling to Frederick 7-5.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford had another good night, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, but was also picked off twice, oops.
  • David Bote was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Cael Brockmeyer showed off his power, he was 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Charcer Burks had a huge night, he was 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start tonight, and picked up the loss. He worked 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Dillon Maples struggled, he worked just 1/3 of an inning, he gave up an unearned run on one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch worked one innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one.

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A messy game for the South Bend Cubs as they made six (SIX) errors on their way to a snow shortened 6-3 loss to West Michigan.

At the Plate:

  • Matt Rose went 1-for-2 with a walk, one of four for the Cubs in this one.
  • Ian Rice was 1-for-2 with a run scored, and a walk in the loss.
  • Bryant Flete was the offensive star tonight, he went 2-for-3 with a triple, and two RBI’s.

 

On the Mound:

  • A weird night for the Cubs start Justin Steele. Steele worked 3.2 innings, giving up four runs, all unearned, he made three (!) errors while walking three, and striking out three.
  • Casey Bloomquist worked two innings out of the pen, giving up two runs, both unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • James Norwood was tremendous, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, he walked one, and struck out three.

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Riding the Bus: April 12, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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SUNDAY • APRIL 12, 2015

South Bend 4-12 Final

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An odd scheduling quirk as the SB Cubs open a series with Dayton on a Sunday, minor league baseball at it’s finest.  The Cubs jumped out to a quick three run lead in the third, and by the time the inning was over the game was tied at three.  The SB Cubs pitching held Dayton down the rest of the game allowing the bats to wake up and score five times en route to a 8-3 win.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is hitting his stride, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Jason Volser was all over the place, he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and a stolen base.
  • Rashad Crawford had a solid game from the nine spot, he went 2-for-2 with two walks, three RBI’s, and three runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start and picked up the win, he worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Jasvir Rakkar was good once again, he worked two scoreless innings, surrendering zero hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • James Norwood was outstanding as well, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Tommy Thorpe closed things out, he worked a scoreless inning, surrendering zero hits, while walking one, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-12 Final

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One night after a thrilling comeback win, the Pelicans couldn’t find any offense as they could only muster three hits in a shutout loss.  The Pelican pitching was solid, but that doesn’t mean much if you can’t score.

At the Plate:

  • Chris Denorfia, who is rehabbing from an injury, went 1-for-2 with a double.
  • Mark Zagunis was out in right field today, he went 1-for-4 in the loss.
  • Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 tonight, he’s now hitting .250 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start, and was outstanding, he worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • James Pugliese had a rough go of it, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out one.
  • Matt Brazis had a similar effort, he worked two innings, giving up two run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.

Tennessee Smokies 4-12 Final

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The Smokies made some noise early on, then couldn’t push anymore runs across the plate the rest of the game.  By the second inning it was 6-1 Smokies then that was it as far as scoring runs goes.  The Braves were able to score once in the 4th, and once in the 9th to make it close but they still fell to the Smokies 6-3.

At the Plate:

  • Elliot Soto got things done at the top of the order tonight, he was 2-for-6 with a run scored.
  • Albert Almora had another solid game, he was 2-for-5 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.
  • Christian Villanueva had a productive day, he was 2-for-5 with three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his hot start today, he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny got the start, he worked 3.1 innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits while walking three, and striking out five.  Unfortunately he was hit by a batted ball in the foot and had to leave the game.
  • Stephen Perakslis was outstanding, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one.
  • Michael Jensen was solid today, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and sriking out one.
  • Hunter Cervenka struggled in this one, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago earned the save by retiring one hitter, he worked a third of an inning, while walking one.

Iowa Cubs 4-12 Final

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Another outstanding effort from the Iowa Cubs today as they pounded Memphis 7-2 to earn a series split.  The long ball was on display all day as Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Jonathan Mota all went deep, dingers!  The Cubs pitching held their own and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli did his job at the top of the order today, he went 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, and a run scored.
  • Addison Russell is on fire right now, he hit 3-for-5 with a dinger, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  He’s now hitting .389 on the season.
  • Kris Bryant did it again, he was 1-for-4 with his second homer in as many days, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jonathan Mota had a huge day, he went 3-for-4 with a homer, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Adron Chambers had another solid game, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a double.

On the Mound:

  • Barret Loux got the start for Iowa and was erratic for the most part, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking three, and striking out three.
  • Drake Britton was brilliant today, and picked up the win, he worked 2.1 scoreless innings, surrendering zero hits while walking one.
  • Zac Rosscup, Armando Rivero, and Blake Parker all worked a scoreless inning in relief to close out the Redbirds.

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South Bend Cubs Roster Set

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An exciting time for South Bend as they will open their inaugural season as the Cubs Class-A affiliate on Thursday.  South Bend released their schedule this morning, this could change before Thursday, but it’s official as of now.

Pitchers:

Francisco Carillo (RHP)
Trevor Clifton (RHP)
James Farris (RHP)
Zach Hedges (RHP)
Tyler Ihrig (LHP)
Erick Leal (RHP)
Ryan McNeil (RHP)
Jordan Minch (LHP)
James Norwood (RHP)
Jeremy Null (RHP)
Jasvir Rakkar (RHP)
Jake Stinnett (RHP)
Tommy Thorpe (LHP)
Ryan Williams (RHP)

Catchers:

Gioskar Amaya (R)
Cael Brockmeyer (R)
Justin Marra (L)

Infielders:

David Bote (R)
Jesse Hodges (R)
Gleyber Torres (R)
Jason Vosler (L)
Chesny Young (R)

Outfielders:

Jeffrey Baez (R)
Yasiel Balaguert (R)
Kevin Brown (L)
Charcer Burks (R)
Rashad Crawford (S)
Trey Martin (R)

Players to watch?  James Norwood, Jake Stinnett, and Gleyber Torres, all three of these guys should bring some real excitement to South Bend.

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