#Cubs Minor League report

Friday’s games

Brian Matusz gave up three runs over two innings in Iowa’s 8-4 loss to Fresno. Tim Federowicz had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI. Juan Perez had three hits.

Tennessee lost a doubleheader to Pensacola. In the first game, Kelly Dugan and Victor Caratini both homered. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in the second game.

Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 7-5. Jonathan Martinez gave up four runs over five innings and struck out six. Donnie Dewees had three hits, including a solo home run. Ian Rice had two hits.

South Bend won its sixth straight, beating Dayton, 10-1. Adbert Alzolay threw five shutout innings, striking out six. Alberto Mineo hit a three-run homer. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and four RBI.

Manuel Rondon gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Eugene’s 1-0 win over Spokane. Wladimir Galindo drove in the only run with a single.

Mesas lost, 5-0, to the Rangers. Pablo Ochoa gave up five runs over three innings. The Cubs totaled two hits — singles by Luis Ayala and Isaac Paredes.


Jonathon Papelbon was released by the Nationals today. That means the controversial pitcher will be looking for another club to land. I want to go on record as stating I hope it`s not the Cubs. We`ve discussed this dude in the past and how he can be a cancer in the clubhouse. In 2015, a week before the season ended, there was an incident betwixt Bryce Harper and him in which Papelbon choked the self-absorbed outfielder in the dugout, an incident which the then Nats`s manager, Matt Williams, claims he had no knowledge of even though he was in the same dugout at the time. { I suggest that is a big part of why Matt is no longer the Washington skipper, but I digress.} With Strop on the DL for an extended period, and Rondon experiencing an issue with his triceps, it must be tempting fpr the FO to look for at least one reliever to bring aboard. Could the surly Paps be that guy? Theo brought Jonathon to the majors for the first time with the Red Sox back in the day, and therefore knows the hurler as well as anyone. I`ve already seen unfortunate comments by both Lester and Bosio praising Papelbon. They seem to think he could be a positive addition. Did I mention Paps was not effective with the Nats and was recently replaced by the former Pirate Melancon as closer? With a 13 game lead in our division, there is no reason to panic. If your counter argument is that Cubs are looking ahead to the playoffs, I remind you Papelbon is no longer an effective reliever, and he`s been a closer for so many consecutive years, he will have much difficulty accepting a subordinate role to Aroldis Chapman. {I also hope the Cubs are not a club which will be willing to take Tim Tebow seriously in his quest to one day play in the majors. Tim was an outstanding college football player, and is now 29, and it`s a pipedream that he can transform himself into a major league baseball player in this life.}

Aloha jhosk- thank you for this update. I agree with you about Jonathon, not worth it. I just do not see him as a team player and after so much work went into this rebuild, then bringing on Maddon and allowing him and his coaches to shape and mold this team into what it is today; would not make sense. I gave kudo’s to Rondon when the trade for Chapman was made because at least for the rest of the season, you knew what that meant for Rondon. Hector has a completely different demeanor than Papelbon and the team chemistry could be negatively changed. I also feel it is not time to panic with Strop and Rondon out, if anything maybe they give Joe Nathan another look. Take care now. Mahalo!

Aloha again jhosk- something else I just thought of that concerns me is with Joe Smith. In his 3innings of work with Chicago he has given up 3hrs. Now, if this were not the case and he was doing well, I do not think the media or other “voices” even entertain the idea of Papelbon coming to the team. I hope this goes no where and the organization works with what it has from within with the possibility of Nathan who I thought was all right for the time he had spent with the team. Take care now. Mahalo!

Yes, k.g. Perhaps Smith needs more time to become acclimated to his new team. I`ve heard the Red Sox may be interested in Pap, and he in them. Let`s hope he goes there with his reduced velocity and dearth of wipe-out pitches these days. It will represent a homecoming for the pitcher whom the Nationals no longer had any need for. {Btw, the Japanese entry at Williamsport this season is from Tokyo.}

Aloha jhosk! I was about to look at the participants of the LLWS, thanks for the info. I hope for a great series! Mahalo!

Aloha k.g. Lookins on the Sox / Marlins game made me think of you watching Ichiro play his normal game,great outfield play, just pure integrity of the game. You said it before and I wanted to call you out on it, he sure would look good playing right field for the Cubs, could possibly move the batting order down one and provide a leadership role too, not to mention the salary. Little League world series time also, what a good time to be a baseball fan. Our local team the Mudcats won 8 straight to make the playoffs but fell short of playing for the Pettit Cup with a loss Friday night. Take care now and as always Go Cubs!

Aloha Kenly, very cool about your Mudcats! Thank you for your comment about Ichiro. Not to disparage Heyward at all but if Jason had not worked out and the FO picked up Suzuki-san for the past couple of years, thatay not have been bad as a Soler and others would get to watch a proven player (years of service) in Right as well as his approach at the plate. He would not have been an everyday player but team him up with Soler would have done wonders for Jorge, for example his work ethic. Suzuki-san takes things very seriously, including his conditioning. The young guys also would get to see how to run the bases and so forth. Take care now and go Cubs! Mahalo!

Aloha k.g. I must correct myself, the local team being the Wilson Tobs, the Mudcats have been playing the Cubs Myrtle Beach team. Mahalo!

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