Minor League Opening Day Reports: Tough Start for Baez in Iowa, Bryant Homers for Smokies

Iowa Cubs Fall in Chilly Home Opener

The Iowa Cubs lost their home opener last night 10-2. Cubs’ starting pitcher Chris Rusin, a candidate for the 5th starter job in Chicago at the outset of spring training, continued his spring struggles allowing 4 walks, 2 homers, and 5 runs in 3.2 innings of work. Rusin threw only 45 strikes in his 81 pitches. That won’t get it done at any level. Casey Coleman also struggled, allowing 5 runs in the ninth inning. Cubs’ top prospect Javier Baez went 0-3 with 2 Ks and a walk. Baez also made a throwing error. Brett Jackson whiffed 3 times in 4 at bats. A couple of positive notes: Josh Vitters went 2-4 from the cleanup spot and hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning. Christian Villanueva also had 2 hits, including a double, from the 6 hole.

Iowa Cubs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Matt Szczur CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000
Arismendy Alcantara 2B 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Javier Baez SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Josh Vitters LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .500
Chris Coghlan 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Marcus Hatley P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Christian Villanueva 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Brett Jackson RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
Eli Whiteside C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000
Chris Rusin P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Yoanner Negrin P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    a- Chris Valaika PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
    Casey Coleman P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Lars Anderson 1B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Totals 32 2 6 2 0 1 2 5 8 .188

a-Walked for Negrin in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Alcantara (1, Whiting), Villanueva (1, Whiting).
HR: Vitters (1, 3rd inning off Whiting, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Anderson, La; Alcantara 2; Vitters 5; Villanueva 3.
RBI: Vitters (1), Szczur (1).
2-out RBI: Vitters.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Coghlan; Szczur 2; Jackson, B; Alcantara.
SAC: Rusin.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Baez, J (1, throw).

Iowa Cubs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chris Rusin (L, 0-1) 3.2 6 5 5 4 2 2 12.27
Yoanner Negrin 3.1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0.00
Casey Coleman 1.0 4 5 4 2 1 0 36.00
Marcus Hatley 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 11 10 9 6 9 2 9.00

Complete Box Score

Tennessee Smokies Win in Pensacola Behind Bryant Homer

Kris Bryant started off 2014 right where he left off in 2013 — hitting home runs. Bryant hit a 2-run bomb in his debut at bat for the Tennessee Smokies, who beat the Reds’ Double A affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6-5 last night. Certainly, the hitting conditions were much better in Pensacola, where the Smokies opened, than they were in Iowa last night. Of note, Bryant his his home run off of rehabbing major leaguer Mat Latos. Bryant also stole a base. Jorge Soler hit a double in his first at bat last night – but was removed for a pinch hitter prior to his 2nd at bat. I am not sure why he was removed – hopefully not an injury.

Tennessee Smokies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Zeke DeVoss CF 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .400
Stephen Bruno 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Rubi Silva LF-RF 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .200
Kris Bryant 3B 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 .333
Jorge Soler RF 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
    a- John Andreoli PH-LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Dustin Geiger 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Rafael Lopez C 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .250
Jeudy Valdez SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
    Ryan Searle P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    b- Anthony Giansanti PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    Tony Zych P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dae-Eun Rhee P 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500
    Wes Darvill SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Totals 37 5 9 3 1 1 4 2 13 .243

a-Grounded out for Soler in the 3rd. b-Struck out for Searle in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Silva (1, Latos), Soler (1, Latos), Lopez, R (1, Latos).
3B: DeVoss (1, Latos).
HR: Bryant (1, 1st inning off Latos, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Soler 2; DeVoss 4; Bruno; Lopez, R 2; Andreoli; Bryant 4; Silva 2; Rhee.
RBI: Bryant 2 (2), DeVoss (1), Lopez, R (1).
2-out RBI: Bryant 2; DeVoss; Lopez, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Geiger; Bruno; Rhee; Andreoli; Lopez, R.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bryant (1, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco), Bruno (1, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco), Andreoli (1, 2nd base off Contreras/Anderson, B).

FIELDING
E: Valdez, J (1, missed catch).
DP: (Geiger).

Tennessee Smokies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dae-Eun Rhee 4.0 2 3 2 4 4 0 4.50
Ryan Searle 3.0 1 1 1 3 5 0 3.00
Tony Zych (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 1.0 5 2 2 0 0 0 18.00
Totals 8.0 8 6 5 7 9 0 5.63

Complete Box Score

 

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