Jake Arrieta made what could prove to be his final minor league rehab start yesterday, and though he was effective, it wasn’t his best work. Through 5.2 innings he gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. He also struck out seven. He left the game upon reaching his pitch count (although I’m not sure what that exact number was).
If Arrieta does head to Chicago soon, it will start a game of pitcher pinball that will quite possibly result in someone heading to Iowa. The Iowa pitching situation is fairly crowded, though. The Cubs could free up some innings if they had to, but it wouldn’t be easy. Pierce Johnson is also probably on the verge of debuting in the AA rotation, which is another organizational wrinkle.
Add it all up, and it isn’t impossible we’re on the doorstep of an early season roster move. Releasing someone from Iowa strikes me as a little more likely than a trade, but we are about at the point that early season trades crop up with more regularity.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa - The Iowa Cubs are back at .500 after this 5-1 win.
Tennessee - Tennessee is back at .500 after their 10-5 win.
Daytona - Daytona is a good week and a half away from .500, but they did win 6-5 in eleven innings.
Kane County - And Kane County falls to five games over .500 after this 5-3 loss.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Kyle Hendricks was back at it yesterday, and the results were again quite good. He finished with 6 shutout innings that contained 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
- [Iowa] Matt Szczur had a very nice game. He finished 3 for 4 with his first triple of the season. Javier Baez returned to shortstop, and was 1-3 with a single and a HBP (in the wrist, but he was checked out, and cleared to stay in the game).
- [Iowa] Arismendy Alcantara hit his first homer of the season and stole his 6th base as part of a 2 for 4 game.
- [Tennessee] Rubi Silva and Jae-Hoon Ha both homered for the Smokies yesterday, and in both cases it was the first of the season. Ha also doubled as part of a three hit night. Silva finished with two hits.
- [Tennessee] John Andreoli singled, tripled (his first) and stole his 8th base of the season.
- [Daytona] Jose Rosario also had a nice day on the mound for the High-A Cubs. He pitched 4 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4.
- [Daytona] Jeimer Candelario walked and doubled twice while hitting eighth. It is probably too early to say he’s warming up, but it is a good sign.
- [Daytona] Dan Vogelbach walked twice while hitting in the middle of the order. A patient hitter, like Vogelbach, can help his team by taking walks even when he isn’t hitting, and Vogelbach did just that by scoring twice.
- [Kane County] Jen-Ho Tseng struggled in this one. He stayed in for 5 innings, but he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out three. Tyler Bremer pitched two scoreless innings of relief in support of Tseng.
- [Kane County] Carlos Penalver continues to hit. He had two more singles in this game, scoring twice.
- Iowa was off the races yesterday. Josh Vitters picked up his first steal of the year, Logan Watkins stole his second, Szczur swiped his fifth, and Alcantara his sixth. Alcantara was also caught stealing once.
- Even though the Smokies won 10 to 5, they were actually out hit 10 to 9 by Birmingham. The difference? Part of it was that Tennessee committed one error to the Baron’s three. The Smokies also drew twelve walks to the Barons five.