Giant Relentless Attack Too Much for Cubs to Overcome

Shilo McCall drilled a two-run single and a solo home run and scored twice, Jonah Arenado ripped an RBI single and two doubles and scored a run, Carlos Valdez singled twice, doubled, and scored three runs, Tyler Hollick smacked an RBI double, singled, walked, and scored a run, Julio Pena doubled twice and singled, and John Riley hammered a solo HR, as the Giants pounded out 19 hits (including seven doubles and two home runs) en route to a 10-5 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day action on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.   

Jeffrey Baez and Varonex Cuevas belted solo home runs for the Cubs.

The EXST Cubs hit only three HR over their first 37 Cactus League games, but they have hit nine HR over their last nine Cactus League Extended Spring Training games.

2014 EXST CUBS HOME RUNS (thru 5/26 - 46 games): 12
Jeffrey Baez - 2
Erick Castillo - 2
Rashad Crawford - 2
Varonex Cuevas - 2
Tyler Alamo - 1
Zak Blair - 1
Kevin Brown - 1
Rony Rodriguez - 1 

RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL - 2013 TJS rehab) started the game for the Cubs and threw a 14-pitch 1-2-3 1st inning (F-8, 6-3, K-looking). Fujikawa has thrown three times in the last six days, working one inning each time (40 pitches total - 23 strikes - 58% K), and he has retired all nine men he has faced in those 3.0 IP (4-3, F-9, P-3, K, F-8, 3-1, F-8, 6-3, K).  

RHP Erick Leal had his second consecutive poor outing, allowing seven runs (all earned) on 11 hits (including four doubles and two HR) and a walk in 5.0 IP (71 pitches). Over his last two games (8.0 IP - 141 pitches) Leal has allowed 13 runs (12 ER), 15 hits, and five walks.

The game was pre-planned as a 12-inning contest so that all of the Giants and Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):  

1a. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-3 (HR, 5-3, P-6, R, RBI)
1b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (6-3 DP, K, K)
2a. Kevin Brown, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9)
2b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-3)
3a. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-3 (1B, 6-4-3 DP, 1B+E3)
3b. Oliver Zapata, RF: 1-3 (2B, 6-U FC, F-8, SB)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8, F-7)
4b. Rony Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, P-4)
5a. Justin Marra, 1B: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-7, R)
5b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (K, 3-U)
6a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 5-3)
6b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, 1-3, R, SB)
7a. Mark Malave, C: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, K, R, RBI)
7b. Antonio Valerio, C: 1-2 (F-8, 1B)
8a. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 1-2 (BB, P-5, 1B)
9a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI, CS)
9b. Roney Alcala, 3B: 1-3 (L-7, 1B, 3-1, RBI)

1. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Trey Masek: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 10/3 GO/FO, 71 pitches (48 strikes)
4. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
5. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (20 strikes)

3B Roney Alcala - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Mark Malave: 1 PB 


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's  



Several weeks ago I said I thought it was terrible that the Cubs were spending so little on player payroll...

Report: Players’ Union Monitoring Cubs’ Lack Of Spending

so the people in charge of protecting the people that would benefit from the Cubs spending more money are upset that the Cubs aren't spending money.


They did this was Marlins in 2010

There is precedent for the league and union pushing teams to increase spending, as the Marlins were forced to do so several years ago. The difference in that situation and the Cubs’ is that the Marlins were receiving money from the revenue sharing system, while the Cubs pay into it. So it remains to be seen what, if any, action the Cubs could be forced to take.

think they looked into Pirates, Padres and Rays as well

Meh. I get wanting the Cubs to spens more $$...but I'd rather wait until some of the prospects get their shot, and see what they have before chasing big money/high priced talent, most of which would be over age 30.

Law's Mock Draft 2.0 (ESPN Insider)
If Brady Aiken and Carlos Rodon are gone at this pick, the Cubs go off the board, looking at a deal with one of a handful of players they like here -- Conforto, Kyle Freeland, or maybe the injured Jeff Hoffman.

Both GM Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein saw Max Pentecost within the past week, although I think he's less likely than the names above; Hoyer also saw Aaron Nola at the SEC tourney and left right afterward.

Wrigley-land new renderings

bullpen under RF bleachers, 2nd videoboard in RF, new locker room under Triangle building, a lot more signage, prety much all rooftop views will be blocked.

said they intend to start clubhouse construction in July and shouldn't require any further approval, Ricketts says if all this happens, could add $30-$40M in revenue per year.

Cubs now say the Wrigley renovation and redevelopment project will take 4 years and cost $575M, up from $500M b/c of new clubhouse plans.

I like the new clubhouse. That's kind of important in recruiting talent. Nobody wants to spend 81 days in that shit hole they currently use, it's gross.

said they intend to start clubhouse construction in July
digging a sinkhole? Items found...Zambrano's shoe, Tom Treblehorn, Wavin' Wendell and a Santo gamer hairpiece

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  • CUBSTER: I would think a cab or a limo would get Motte to the airport faster than a golf cart. The maximum speed of a golf cart is (what?) maybe 15 MPH, which could actually be dangerous on an expressway. 

  • from the Sunday Trib...

    Reliever Jason Motte waved as he left the visitor’s clubhouse at Miller Park on a golf cart en route to the airport to catch a flight to Arizona to start a rehab assignment.
    Motte has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a right shoulder strain, but there’s a possibility he could rejoin the Cubs if they advance deep in the playoffs.
    Motte is scheduled to pitch in simulated games and in Instructional League games in Arizona.

  • 8 in a row to end the year...let's do this playoffs thing.

  • shelby miller (ATL) finishes the season with a win, snapping his 24-game winless streak...because ATL bats are non-existent.

    3.02 era, 1.25 whip, 205.1ip, 171K

    6-17 w/l...ugg.

  • Totally independent of the Cubs winning or losing today, Dan Haren came into today's game having earned $2M of his potential $3M in performance bonuses for 2015. 

    By making the start (his 32nd start of the season) he picked up $500K, and he'll get the remaining $500K if he can throw at least 8.2 IP in the game (he was at 181.1 IP coming into the game, and he needs to reach 190 IP to get the remaining $500K), 

    It's a bit like the old "Bowling for Dollars" TV show, but of course Haren is actually "Pitching for Dollars."

  • holy crap, MIL is just...awful.

  • i think he's currently playing for the Santo Domingo Meths. he's an Adderall-Star player there.

  • I'm longing for a Neifi sighting.

  • if you have stable/fast internet you can stream with and you don't mind giving up $20 a month check out "sling tv".

    TBS, TNT, ESPN 1+2, etc...100% legal.


  • 68 pitches (50 strikes)

    love seeing that...especially with the batters doing very little with it.

  • Yeah, keep him off the playoff roster.

  • Or, he's looked exactly like Ted Williams.

  • Lately he hasn't looked like Ted Williams...

  • Reading between the lines on some of his comments he seems to know his longish swing doesn't play well with a man on third and two outs, and two strikes on him. I doubt a playoff adjustment is happening, just something he'll need to figure out next year. I have this odd feeling he will.

  • Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Bryant leads NL rookies in HRs (26), RBIs (99), 2B (31) and runs (86). Last rookie to reach 26 HR, 99 RBI, 31 2bs, 86 runs and 74 BBs?

    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Boston’s Ted Williams in 1939