Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports); April 7, 2016

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Iowa 4-7-16

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The Iowa Cubs kicked off the 2016 minor league season for the Cubs organization today, and they walked way too many guys en route to a 7-3 loss.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams got the start and was knocked around, he worked three innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Barnes (2 IP), Brandon Gomes (2 IP), Carl Edwards Jr. (1 IP), and Spencer Patton (1 IP) combined to work six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking five, and striking out six.

Tenn 4-7-16

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A quick start for the Smokies tonight as they put up three runs in the first on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Mobile Bay Bears.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann was productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
  • Chesny Young had a huge game, he went 2-for-2 with a home run, RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Victor Caratini, and Bijan Rademacher each registered their first homers of the year.
  • Mark Zagunis was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had some early trouble, but settled in to pick up his first win of the season. Z worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out five.
  • Starling Peralta was solid out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • David Garner worked 1.1 innings to shut the door, he gave up one unearned run while walking one, and striking out one.

MB 4-7-16

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Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite rosters right now in the Cubs system, and they got things off to a good start tonight by dispatching Frederick 5-2.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez was outstanding tonight in picking up his first win of the season. Martinez worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was lights out coming out of the pen, he worked two innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit while striking out one.
  • James Pugliese worked a scoreless inning to pick up his first hold of the season.
  • David Berg shut down things tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

SB 4-7-16

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This was on was basically over before it started as West Michigan spread right runs across the first three innings en route to a 9-4 victory over the South Bend Cubs

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees 2-for-5 out of the lead-off spot, both hits were singles.
  • Eloy Jimenez was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison got beat up pretty bad as he took his first loss of the season. Morrison worked four innings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen, he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out seven.
  • Scott Frazier put this one to bed by working a scoreless inning.

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Kyle Schwarber Injured in Bad Collision (VIDEO)

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Thanks to Aldo Soto for grabbing a gif of the play…  That looked horrible.  No point in speculating, so we will all await word on Schwarber.(/big>

 

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A Trio of Long Balls Power Cubs to 2-0 on the Season (VIDEOS)

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The Cubs flashed some power last night to go along with yet another solid performance from one of their starters.  This time it was Jon Lester benefiting from three Cubs dingers as he breezed through the Angels lineup en route to picking up his first win of the season.  Dexter Fowler, Matt Szczur, and Anthony Rizzo all found the seats as the Cubs torched the Angels 6-1 to move their record to 2-0 for the first time since 1995.

 

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Video Highlights from Last Night; Cubs Win 9-0

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That was about as enjoyable of an opening day that you could have.  The Cubs were unrelenting at the plate as they routinely pushed Richards off his game by working deep counts and not getting themselves out.  They also had Jake Arrieta on the mound, so they only needed one, enjoy the highlights from last night.

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Arrieta’s Strong Start

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Jorge Soler Rips a two-run Dinger (VIDEO)

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That sound off the bat is so very sweet.  Jorge Soler has been bringing the power this spring, not many other balls are falling right now, but he’s got the power stroke down.

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Javy Baez Destroys a Baseball (VIDEO)

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Javier Baez injured a baseball just now, it made a loud noise, it was fun.

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Jorge Soler Crushes First Dinger of the Spring (VIDEO)

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Love that Jorge Soler opposite field power.  Boom!

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Ka-BOOM; Dexter Fowler Gets All of One (VIDEO)

It’s so nice to see Dexter Fowler in the lineup for the Cubs, Randall Delgado might disagree.  Hot sauce!

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Addison Russell Destroys Two-Run Bomb (VIDEO)

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Addison Russell came up with a huge two-out, two-run dinger into propel the Cubs to a 3-0 win against the Angels today.  Not much doubt about this one, enjoy.

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Grandpa Ross Turns Ridiculous Double Play (VIDEO)

Oh my!  David Ross isn’t in mid-season form, he’s in 2008 season form.  Check out the ridiculous catch and throw he made today during the Cubs 3-0 win over the Angels.

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