Addison Russell had a good Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League and he helped Mesa beat Surprise 11-6. Russell was the Solar Sox’s DH and went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, his first longball in the fall league. Russell smacked a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Russell is 7-for-36 in nine AFL games with a double, a home run, six RBI, three walks and 11 strikeouts (.194/.275/.306).
C.J. Edwards made his third appearance in the AFL and allowed one run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Zach Cates was hit rather hard. Cates surrendered five runs on seven hits without a walk and he struck out a batter in 1 1/3 innings. Gerardo Concepcion picked up the win after tossing 2 1/3 scoreless ball. Concepcion gave up a hit, did not walk a batter and struck out two.
Jacob Hannemann led off for Mesa and started in left field. Hannemann went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
Nick Cafardo reported 10 days ago that Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang would be posted in November. At the time it was unknown if the Cubs were interested in him or not. According to a report from the Korea Times Los Angeles, the Cubs are one of eight teams that scouted Kang (Tigers, Rangers, Padres, Royals, Red Sox, Nationals and Diamondbacks).
Kang hit .365 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI during the 2014 Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) season.
There are questions and concerns as to how Kang would perform in the majors both offensively and defensively, with many thinking he would have to move to second or third base. The Korea Times report indicated he’s been dubbed ‘The Korean A-Rod’ and good friend, Hyun-Jin Ryu said the “Dodgers would win many more games” with Kang on the team.
Even with scouting Kang, the level of interest the Cubs may have in him at this point is unknown.
Wrigley Field Restoration Update
Work continued on the left and right field bleachers and on the triangle property in the parking lot to the west of the park on Monday and Tuesday.
The World Series
The Giants won game one in convincing fashion behind Madison Bumgarner. Hunter Pence delivered a two-run homer in the first inning and San Francisco knocked James Shields out of the game in the fourth inning. And Bruce Bochy’s team cruised to a 7-1 victory.
News, Notes and Rumors
Bruce Levine is convinced there is a reason for the Cubs, and White Sox, to keep an eye on Pablo Sandoval during the World Series.
Manny Ramirez smacked a two-run homer Tuesday night, his first longball of the winter.
The Cubs are diving back into free agency after Edwin Jackson deal according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
The new surface at Four Winds Field is progressing nicely.
This Day In Cubstory
1988 – Cubs granted free agency to Jeff Schwarz
1986 – Chris Rusin, born
1985 – Cubs granted free agency to Dave Hostetler
1981 – Lee Elia was named manager of the Cubs. Elia replaced Joey Amalfitano.
1979 – Eli Whiteside, born
1976 – Michael Barrett, born
1956 – Frank DiPino, born
1954 – Jamie Quirk, born
1910 – The Cubs won their only game of the World Series against Philadelphia behind Mordecai Brown at West Side Grounds. The Cubs tied the game in the ninth and won it 4-3 in the 10th after a Jimmy Archer double and a Jimmy Sheckard single.
1907 – Jimmie Foxx, born
1886 – The Browns took a 3-2 lead in the Championship Series with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago National League Ball Club.
1885 – After a five day delay to allow the Browns to play the City Series against the Maroons, St. Louis’ NL team at the time, the fifth game of the Championship Series was played in Pittsburgh with Chicago winning 9-2 behind three hits each by Jack McCormick, Abner Dalrymple and Cap Anson.