The Iowa Cubs had a big night on the West Coast. Iowa beat the Fresno Grizzlies 17-2 behind two grand slams and another very good outing by Tsuyoshi Wada. Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez hit the slams and Lopez finished with a career-high seven RBI. Monday was the first time since 2006 (Micah Hoffpauir and Lou Montanez) the I-Cubs hit two grand slams in the same game.
Christian Villanueva (2-for-4 with a home run, five RBI and two walks) hit the first grand slam in the sixth inning, his sixth longball of the season. Rafael Lopez (2-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and seven RBI) launched the second slam in the ninth inning. Lopez has gotten off to a good start with Iowa and is 5-for-16 in his first five Triple-A games.
Javier Baez (3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored) collected three hits, including his ninth home run of the season. Baez ended up a double shy of the cycle. Arismendy Alcantara (3-for-6 with two runs scored), Logan Watkins (2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored) and Ryan Kalish (2-for-4 with a double, two walks, a RBI and three runs scored) also had multi-hit games. Lost in all of the scoring will be the 11 walks the I-Cubs earned and Logan Watkins played the entire game at first base.
Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one run on eight hits with one walks and two strikeouts over six innings.
Mike Olt has been sent to the bench and according to multiple reports he will not be sent to the minors. Olt is struggling and is not receiving playing time. Rick Renteria said Monday that Olt will continue his development in the majors, at least for now, and not in the minors.
Renteria said the team will try to find the right match-ups for Olt, like the team did early in the season.
Mike Olt said he’s not worried about his slump and told Carrie Muskat he’s had worse. Olt thinks “things are starting to come around.”
News and Notes
Ryan Sweeney hit second and played right field on Monday night in his first rehab game with Kane County. Sweeney went 0-for-2 with a walk in this three at bats. Sweeney is expected to increase his playing time during the Cougars series in Peoria (Tuesday-Thursday). There is no timetable for Sweeney’s return.
Neil Ramirez is proving he belongs with the Cubs according to a report from Comcast SportsNet. The Cubs will continue to monitor his innings and it doesn’t sound like the door is closed on him starting games again down the road.
Minor News and Notes
Rob Zastryzny had a good night. Zastryzny struck out a season-high nine batters Monday, a new high watermark for the D-Cubs as well. Zastryzny gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings. Unfortunately, Zastryzny was hung with the loss after Clearwater shut out the D-Cubs 2-0.
Maryland lost 11-2 to Virginia in the Super Regional on Monday and ended Jake Stinnett’s college career.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Javier Baez hit four home runs in a D-Cubs’ uniform and became the second player in Florida State League history to hit four longballs in the same game. Ryan Harvey, a former Cubs farmhand, accomplished the feat in 2006.
2005 – Cubs and Red Sox squared off at Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1918 World Series. Greg Maddux and the Cubs beat the Sox 14-6. Maddux, Jeremy Burnitz and Todd Hollandsworth homered, David Ortiz went deep twice.
2004 – Cubs beat the Cardinals 12-3 after scoring 10 runs in the fourth inning. Cubs tied a team record with 11 hits in the fourth, nine were consecutive
1984 – Cubs added a ninth inning insurance run in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on a triple steal. Leon Durham stole home, Jody Davis stole third and Larry Bowa swiped second base.
1978 – Cubs acquired Ken Holtzman from the Yankees for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Ron Davis to New York on June 12 to complete trade
1976 – Tigers purchased Milt Wilcox from the Cubs
1975 – Reds signed amateur free agent Larry Rothschild
1973 – Rick Monday, Pat Bourque and Ron Santo homered in the first inning and the Cubs hung on for a 9-7 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field
1970 – Cubs signed Bill Bonham
1963 – Cubs signed Len Church
1949 – Frank Frisch replaced Charlie Grimm as the manager of the Cubs. Grimm moved to the front office the following day as the Cubs’ Vice President
1911 – Cubs traded Hank Griffin, Al Kaiser, Johnny Kling and Orlie Weaver to Boston Rustlers for Bill Collins, Cliff Curtis, Wilbur Good and Peaches Graham