Cubs Pound Reds With Patience; Move to 7-1 on the Season

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It really is becoming quite ridiculous, the Cubs refuse to give any at bats away and that has been the catalyst for one of the best starts in team History.  On this night the Cubs walked a total of ten times, process that for a second, ten base runners without swinging the bat.  Usually the Cubs reserve the panic inning until the mid innings but tonight they had it on full display in the first.  Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon couldn’t make it out of the first as the Cubs manufactured their way to five runs after John Lackey struggled in the top half of the innings.

Speaking of Lackey, he was sharp after the rough first as he worked 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven.  The performance pushed Lackey to 2-0 on the season despite a 5.68 ERA.  When the Cubs weren’t talking walks they were spraying the ball all over the field as they registered eight hits, none longer than a Kris Bryant home run, his first of the season.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 12, 2016

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

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Not enough offensive firepower for Iowa last night as they were only able to push across two runs on five hits in a 4-2 loss to New Orleans.  The loss drops the I-Cubs to a 1-5 record to start the season.

At the Plate:

  • Willson Contreras stayed hot last night; he went 2-for-4 with his third double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is struggling to find hits; he went 0-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
  • Kristopher Negron went 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams was much better in his second start; he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Scott Barnes picked up the loss in relief; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Jean Machi tossed 1.1 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • C.J. Riefenhauser had his bet appearance of 2016, he worked a scoreless ninth inning.

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After trailing 4-0 early the Smokies came all the way back to tie it only to see Birmingham push across a run in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4.

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On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had a rough go of it; he worked five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had another great outing; he worked three scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua took the loss in this one; he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.

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A late Pelican comeback came up short as Myrtle Beach could not battle back from a 4-0 deficit and fell to Winston Salem, 4-3.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford continued his hot start to 2016; he went 3-for-5 with a double, his first homer of the year, and RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ian Happ is putting things together; he went 3-for-5 with his third double of the year, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .292 on the season.
  • Jason Volser, Shawon Dunston Jr., Cael Brockmeyer, and Charcer Burks all finished the night with one hit.

On the Mound:

  • Tommy Thorpe got the start, and picked up the loss in this one. Thorpe tossed five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was brilliant out of the pen; he worked three scoreless/hitless innings while striking out four.
  • Jose Rosario worked a scoreless ninth to give the Pelicans a chance to tie it late.

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It took ten innings, but the South Bend Cubs took care of Bowling Green, 3-2.  A solid effort across the board as the Cubs trailed 2-0 after one half inning before shutting down the Hot Rods the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is a triples machine; he went 2-for-4 with his second triple of the year, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Eloy Jimenez was the thunder for the Cubs; he went 4-for-5 with a double, and an RBI.
  • P.J. Higgins, and Daniel Spingola each picked up an RBI in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Carson Sands was pretty solid; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier also chipped in with a scoreless inning.
  • Casey Bloomquist picked up the win in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out one.

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Prospect Files: Ian Happ Walk-Off Double (VIDEO)

Huge hit for Ian Happ last night, a walk-off double to the delight of the Myrtle Beach faithful.

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Prospect Files: Willson Contreras RBI Double (VIDEO)

More video!  This time we share with you an RBI double from Willson Contreras from last night, Contreras had a huge night.

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Prospect Files: Donnie Dewees RBI Double (VIDEO)

I try to get as much media onto this site as possible, and I’m going to make a really large effort to get as much minor league video up this year, hope you enjoy it.  Of course this all depends on milb.com and their ability to get said video, which is pretty good, so thanks milb.com.  Here is Cubs prospect Donnie Dewees ripping an RBI double last night.

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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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Addison Russell Puts the Exclamation Point on Opening Night

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There was a buzz all day around Wrigley, the renovations on display, the excitement of a team favored by many to win a World Series, celebrating an NLCS appearance from last year, there was no possible way the Cubs could match that buzz right? Wrong. For the majority of the night it seemed like the Cubs were destined to fall flat, in fact they were getting no-hit deep into the seventh inning before a David Ross single gave them some life. Brandon Finnegan kept the Cubs off balance all night but ran out of gas after 7 and 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball; it was a brilliant performance, but ultimately a no decision. After the David Ross single in the 7th, Matt Szczur followed with a walk, and two batters later Jayson Heyward had his first big moment in a Cubs uniform. Tony Cingrani left an 0-2 fastball out over the plate and Heyward laced it into right for a two-run single and the once flat Cubs seemed to have grabbed all the momentum heading to the 8th.

Ben Zobrist walked with one out in the 8th, and Jorge Soler was then hit by a pitch to set the stage for the youngest player of the group, Addison Russell. Russell wasted no time as he launched the first pitch he saw deep into the night to give the Cubs a 5-3 lead, and that’s how this one would end. A season that has exceeded even the highest of expectations so far just added another chapter. Lost in the late game heroics was the work of Jon Lester, he clearly didn’t have it last night, but was able to keep the Cubs within three through six innings as he picked up another quality start. No baseball today as we all recover from what was a long day of excitement yesterday; the Cubs are 6-1.

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Addison Russell Crushes a three-run Dinger to Put Cubs in Front! (VIDEO)

Russell Dinger 2016

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Eddy Julio Martinez Crushes a Dinger (VIDEO)


 

Thanks to Carl Deffenbaugh for capturing this homer, and sharing it.  Eddy Julio Martinez goes way back!  Go follow Carl on Twitter.

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Watch Ian Happ Hit a Triple (VIDEO)

Finally some minor league video, here is the triple that Ian Happ hit yesterday.  That was an absolute laser into the gap, excited to watch Happ all year.

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