Spring Training AC; Big Ninth Pushes Cubs to Victory

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On the Mound:

  • Eddie Butler was solid in his Cubs debut, he worked two innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.
  • Ryan Williams was outstanding in relief, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
  • Jon Martinez struggled with command, he worked a scoreless inning while walking THREE, and striking out one.
  • Mario Meza worked two-thirds of an inning, he walked one and that was it.
  • Tommy Nance had a bounce back effort, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was touched up a bit, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua also struggled with his command, he worked one inning, giving up one run while walking THREE.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the spring.
  • Ian Happ was 1-for-2 in the win, he stole a base, and scored a run.
  • John Andreoli, Jacob Hannemann, Jeimer Candelario, Chesny Young, Albert Almora Jr., Eloy Jimenez, and Chris Dominguez all registered one hit, Jimenez with a double, and Andreoli with a triple.
  • Victor Caratini was strong once again, he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

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Cubs Roll Behind Stellar Hendricks

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  Early on in this one it looked like the Cubs were going to fall back into their familiar, troubling ways as they put two guys in scoring position with one out in the first only to see Javier Baez foul out.  Then Addison Russell, as he has done for the better part of the last two months, came up with a huge two run single to give Kyle Hendricks more than enough in this one.  Hendricks was dominate as he went the distance against the Marlins for his tenth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.22, that’s an elite level right there.  Joe Maddon needed a big effort from his starter, and allowed him to get there as Hendricks tossed 123 pitches which is a career high by quite a bit.

   The Cubs had hits up and down the lineup but once again struggled to cash in as they left nine guys on base in the first four innings which is almost impossible.  Hendricks came up big this time with the bat as he laced a one out RBI single in the fifth to push the Cubs lead to three, and they never looked back.  Anthony Rizzo also had a huge night at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk, and a run scored.  The win is the Cubs’ second straight and fifth in their last six on this home-stand which continues tonight against the Marlins.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 14, 2016

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs got some solid pitching, and were able to push across a couple runs late to beat New Orleans 4-2, and move to 3-5 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez finished off his rehab with Iowa by going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach has been red hot to start the year; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .407 on the season.
  • Albert Almora is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
  • Kristopher Negron is also swinging it well; he went 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Ihrig got the start and was solid; he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was tremendous out of the pen, and picked up the win. Gomes worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Jean Machi picked up a hold; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while walking one.
  • Felix Pena was roughed up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton picked up his first save of the season; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.

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An early 3-0 faded away in this one as the Smokies watch the Barons score five unanswered runs en route to a 5-3 victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey was pretty solid once again; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black pitched relatively well but gave up the lead late; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Josh Conway picked up the loss in relief; he worked one innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out three.

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The Pelican defense was not up to par in this one as they committed three errors which played a huge roll in a 3-2 loss to Carolina last night.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford has a relatively tame game by his standards; he went 1-for-5 with his third double of the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is starting to trend in the right direction; he went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Jason Volser had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez was hit and miss in this one; he made one of the costly errors, but finished the night going 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges was really good in this one; unfortunately he was still hung with the loss. Hedges worked 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Daury Torrez kept things close out of the pen; he worked 1.1 scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two.

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Not a whole lot went right for South Bend last night as they were down 8-1 after two innings, and could only manage two runs on five hits in the 10-2 loss.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is Mr. Triples; he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples which brings his season total up to FOUR, and had two runs scored.
  • Tyler Alamo was 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Justin Steele didn’t have it, which is probably an understatement. Steele worked just two innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Scott Effross was effective out of the pen; he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Craig Brooks also got some solid work in; he tossed two innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 11, 2016

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

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Finally!  Nice to see Iowa finally get into the win column, and they did so by mashing the baseball all over the field in a 9-1 victory over New Orleans.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli was productive out of the lead-off spot; he went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base.
  • Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in the win.
  • Javier Baez had a solid rehab appearance; he went 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his scorching start; he went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, his second double of the season, and a run scored. He is now hitting .421 on the season.
  • Willson Contreras is just as hot; he went 4-for-5 with his second double of the season, and four RBI’s.
  • Albert Almora continues to show a better approach at the plate, he went 0-for-3 but walked twice, and scored a run.

On the Mound:

  • Pierce Johnson got the start and struggled a bit with his command, but worked around trouble. Johnson tossed three scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Felix Pena picked up the win out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was good once again; he worked two scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • Armando Rivero bounced back from a rough start to 2016; he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Miguel Mejia was touched up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.

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Missed opportunities were the name of the game for Tennessee as they went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position en route to a 5-4 loss to Mobile.

At the Plate:

  • Bijan Rademacher is red hot in 2016; he went 2-for-5 and is now hitting .500 on the season.
  • Chesny Young is opening some eyes in the early going; he went 2-for-4 with his second dinger of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a walk.
  • Victor Caratini was 2-for-3 with his first double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Mark Zagunis was productive near the bottom of the order; he went 3-for-4 with his second double of the season.

On the Mound:

  • Tough day for Jen-Ho Tseng, and he was awesome. Tseng had to leave early after being hit by a comebacker, before that he worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out four, no update on his condition.
  • Michael Jensen struggled in relief; he worked 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on two hits while walking two.
  • Corey Black was much better out of the pen yesterday, but he picked up the loss. Black worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Andury Acevedo worked 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking two.
  • Josh Conway worked a scoreless inning while walking one, and striking out one in the loss.

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A thriller in Myrtle Beach last night as Ian Happ ripped a game winning walk-off double for the Pelicans, they scored three times in the ninth to beat Winston Salem 5-4.

At the Plate:

  • The Pelicans walked 11 (!) times last night, so that will be a common stat mentioned here. Rashad Crawford went 1-for-4 with a walk (see?), his first stolen base of the year, and a run scored.
  • Gleyber Torres has struggled in the early going, he was 0-for-4 in this one but walked once, and had two RBI’s.
  • Ian Happ as mentioned above was the hero; he went 1-for-5 with his second double of the year, and two RBI’s.
  • Yasiel Balaguert has been great this year; he went 1-for-2 with two walks in the win, he is now hitting .389 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Stinnett got the start and picked up a no decision; he worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Ryan McNeil was awesome out of the pen; he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • David Berg picked up his first win of the season by working a scoreless ninth inning.

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More walk-off drama in South Bend as Eloy Jimenez launched a walk-off homer to end a wild one with South Bend beating Bowling Green 7-6.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is red hot to start 2016; he went 2-for-5 with his first double of the year, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .353 on the season.
  • Eloy Jimenez walked off as mentioned above; he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Julio Martinez had another good night; he went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ian Rice had a solid game; he went 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI, two walks, and a run scored.
  • Bryant Flete has been amazing so far this year; he went 2-for-3 with a double, and two runs scored. He is now hitting .625 on the season, wow.

On the Mound:

  • Adbert Alzolay got the start and was roughed up a bit; he worked five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out five.
  • Craig Brooks provided some much needed relief; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Wagner picked up the win out of the pen; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.

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Spring Gameday; March 4, 2016 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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Baseball during the day is so very nice, even if it doesn’t count yet.  Pierce Johnson takes the mound for the Cubs today as they open their home portion of the spring schedule.  Here is how they will line up, I believe the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and Cubs.com has the audio.

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Zobrist 2B
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Baez 1B
  5. Victorino DH
  6. Russell SS
  7. La Stella 3B
  8. Ross C
  9. Perez LF

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On a personal note, Pierce Johnson is one of my favorite players, rooting hard for him.  Go Cubs!

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Spring Training 2016; Arms Impress in Opener

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It wasn’t the desired result for the Cubs but there were plenty of things to like in the Cubs spring training opener today against the Brewers.  Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser, and Spencer Patton combined to four hit the Brewers while walking one, and striking out thirteen.  The bats were slow to get going in this one as the Cubs group of hitters could only push across one run on seven hits.  Javier Baez got the start in center today, and struggled in the early going.  He played an out (maybe a double) into a triple right off the bat, then one hitter later he dropped a fly ball, it’ll get better.

Some of today’s standouts:

Kyle Schwarber:  1-for-3
Kris Bryant: 1-for-2
Miguel Montero: 2-for-2 with a double
Dan Vogelbach: 1-for-3 with a double, and an RBI

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