An Iowa infielder put on a slugging display in Salt Lake City last night, finishing 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs. It wasn’t Jeimer Candelario (who was in St. Louis), and it wasn’t Ian Happ (who also had a nice game).
The fireworks in this one was provided by Stephen Bruno, a small utility infielder type who has put up some pretty good offensive numbers throughout his minor league career. The 26-year-old is now within one long ball of matching his career high for homers.
- Alec Mills: 3 IP, 5 R (1 ER), 3 H, 2 BB (had been on the DL)
- Zac Rosscup: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 5 K
- John Andreoli: 1 for 5, 2B
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 4, BB
- Mark Zagunis: 2 for 4, 2B, HR, BB
- Ian Happ: 3 for 5, 2B
- Victor Caratini: 1 for 4, 3B, BB
- Chris Dominguez: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB
- Taylor Davis: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB
- Stephen Bruno: 2 for 4, 2 HR
- Zach Hedges: 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Justin Hancock: 1 IP, 2 K
- Ian Rice: 2 for 5
- Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Jeffrey Baez: 3 for 4, 2B, SB
- Carlos Penalver: 1 for 3, BB
- Cael Brockmeyer: 1 for 1, 2B
- Justin Steele: 5 IP, 3 R (0 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Tommy Thorpe: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 3, 2B, and two outfield assists
- Matt Rose: 1 for 3, 2B
- Dylan Cease: 3.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Matt Swarmer: 3.2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Zack Short: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB
- Alberto Mineo: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Given the sheer depth at the top of the Cubs’ organization, I don’t see Bruno getting a shot in Wrigley this year or next. With some thinner organizations, though, he could be viable as a 25th man type. I could also imagine a few seasons in Asia in his future.
- Rosscup has recorded 35 outs, and 20 of them have been strikeouts.
- His hitless inning yesterday marked the Cubs’ debut for Justin Hancock. He was the return in the Matt Szczur deal.
- Cease was pulled at 89 pitches yesterday. So, despite tossing under four innings, he still hit his usual pitch count. It was the fourth inning that bogged him down:
Dylan Cease has 7 strikeouts and no walks through 3 innings in Peoria. pic.twitter.com/F58twzEham
— Ryan Davis (@RyanQDavis) May 13, 2017
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