Addison Russell Hit Second Grand Slam, C.J. Edwards Turned In Five Shutout Innings

Addison Russell put together another good game Tuesday. Russell hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, his second of the season, as part of a 2-for-5 night at the plate that included a home run, a double, five RBI and two runs scored.

Addison Russell, C.J. Edwards and Albert Almora turned in good performances Tuesday before Montgomery started chipping away at Tennessee’s 6-0 lead in the seventh inning. The Smokies ended up losing Tuesday’s game 7-6 after two errors in the bottom of the ninth opened the door for Montgomery’s four-run inning.

Addison Russell has hit home runs in back-to-back games and has driven in 10 runs in the last five games. Russell is 20-for-66 in his last 17 games with six doubles and four home runs for a .303/.361/.576 slash line with a .937 OPS.

In his 39 games in the Cubs system, Addison Russell has hit .301/.348/.556 with eight doubles and 10 home runs for a .903 OPS.


C.J. Edwards

PrintC.J. Edwards made his fourth start Tuesday since returning from the disabled list, and he was very effective for five innings after not allowing a hit for the first four innings. Edwards tossed five innings of shutout ball and gave up two hits, both in the fifth inning, with two walks. Edwards struck out seven and threw 80 pitches, 41 for strikes.

C.J. Edwards is 0-1 in his last four starts with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Edwards has allowed four runs on 11 hits with seven walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

Albert Almora

Albert Almora is looking for a strong finish to his season. After a slow start following his promotion to Double-A Tennessee, Almora has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and is 11-for-36 in his last 10 games. Almora has multi-hit games in three of his last six and went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored Tuesday night.


Even with his struggles this season at the plate, Albert Almora has been consistent in the field … and reportedly has turned in several web gems this year.

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  • triple

    Wow… What a catch by Almora! If I’m not mistaken, he looked to be positioned about 10 feet towards LF too. He sure can cover some ground.

    So I remember reading that the Cubs are pushing for CJ Edwards to play in the Fall League to make up for some missed time. I imagine they will try to do the same with Addison Russell? But what about Albert Almora? I’d love to see him get more time again in the fall league, especially if it means it could speed up his development a little bit more and possibly give him a chance of being a September call up in 2015.

    • Theboardrider

      I think that’s a good idea…all 3. Because they are all fairly close, and if could play in fall ball, in theory we could see them all in September 2015.

    • daverj

      For better or worse, unless a team is in a pennant race, they don’t call-up top prospects in September anymore (most likely due to service time issues although the team would probably publicly state another reason). Russell could be up next summer. I don’t think we will see Edwards or Almora in Wrigley until mid 2016.

  • GaryLeeT

    Those Smokies’ unis need some serious help.

  • Jeff Wilson

    The Mets scouts must be drooling after watching Russell hit that Grand Slam.

    • Tony_H

      At least the NY media :)

      • Theboardrider

        Don’t they speak for the Mets FO? Could have fooled me…

      • daverj

        And then they’ll go on and on about how Snydergaard for Russell is a fair deal …

        • Buck Wargo

          They won’t trade Russell. Mets need to focus on developing their own prospects.

    • Buck Wargo

      Why are they drooling over him. Cubs aren’t trading him. And if they want Castro, he’s not going to be cheap.

  • daverj

    Russell is hitting for power and average with a strikeout rate of only 17%. He is an elite prospect and much less likely to bust than some of our strikeout prone prospects.

    • paulcatanese

      I haven’t seen much of Russell except small sample bits and piece’s, but what I have seen looks like he is the real deal, very smooth with the glove and extremely quick hands and good arm. He will play SS at the big league level and play it well. If not with the Cubs, somewhere else, but he will be a force when he arrives. I compare him to a young Omar
      Vizquel. (spelling?).