Freddy Sanchez Inspects Fitch Park as Cubs & Giants Split Twin-Bill

Rafael Disla roped a two-run triple into the RF corner to score the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the 7th, rallying the EXST Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the EXST Giants on Field #2, while over on Field #3, Cubs hitters could only muster three hits and two walks while striking out 11 times as the Giants blanked the Cubs 6-0, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played at Fitch Park in Mesa this morning. The games were played simultaneously

San Francisco Giants infielder Freddy Sanchez (at Extended Spring Training while rehabbing from shoulder and knee surgeries) played in the game on Field #2, getting five PA over the first five innings while playing 2B. Facing LHP Marcos Perez, Sanchez grounded out 4-3 on an 0-1 pitch in the top of the 1st inning, walked on a 3-2 pitch in the top of the 2nd, and struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch in the top of the 3rd, and then he walked twice against RHP Jose Rosario.

Marcos Perez continued his fine work at Extended Spring Training, working three more shutout innings. Through his first five games (covering 10.1 IP), Perez has allowed no runs on two hits, one walk, and one HBP, while striking out 10, with a 14/7 GO/FO.

Pin-Chieh Chen had two more hits today, raising his EXST BA to .435. He also scored the Cubs first run on Field #2, lining a lead-off single to CF in the bottom of the 4th, advancing to 2nd base on a Wild Pitch, and then scoring on a catcher’s E-2 overthrow when he stole 3rd base with one out.

With the Cubs trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the 7th, Arismendy Alcantara reached on a one-out infield single to 1st base (he just flat out-ran the pitcher to the bag), and Blair Springfield drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Rafael Disla then lined a triple into the RF corner, scoring Alcantara with the tying run and Springfield with the winning run. Disla later scored the third run of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Alvaro Ramirez.

On the injury front, speedy 18-year old Korean CF Kyung-Min Na left the game on Field #2 after suffering some type of injury while running the bases, and OF Manuel Pestana remains sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury while diving head-first into 3rd base in a game last week. .

In EXST Cubs roster news, catcher Luis Flores has been reinstated from the Suspended List and was in uniform today warming up pitchers in the bullpen, 1B Rebel Ridling (appendectomy) has completed his rehab at Fitch Park (where he hit .286 with a double and four K in 21 PA) and has moved up to Daytona (in a related transaction, the Cubs released 1B Ryne White, one of two players they acquired from Arizona in the Aaron Heilman deal), and finally supersub utility C-IF-OF Jonathan Mota (308/400/538 with three doubles and four RBI at EXST) has been moved up to Peoria after learning the basics of the catching trade at Fitch Park (and in a related transaction, C-1B-3B Jovan Rosa was released). 

Here are today’s abridged box scores (EXST Cubs players only):


1. Alvaro Ramirez, LF-CF: 1-4 (P-5, F-7, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
2. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH #1: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7, R, SB)
3. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, F-9)
5. Melvin Camarena, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, 6-3, K)
6. Arismendy Alcantara, DH-SS: 1-2 (6-3, BB, 1B, R)
7. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-2 (K, L-4 DP, BB, R)
8. Rafael Disla, SS-LF: 1-3 (F-7, F-7, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
9. Jose Guevara, C: 0-3 (6-3, F-9, K)
10a. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-1 (1B)

1. Marcos Perez – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 4/3 GO/FO, 41 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 6/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Carlos Rojas – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/FO, 30 pitches (19 strikes)

SS Rafael Disla E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach 1st base – did not score)
P Marcos Perez E-1 (throwing error on attempted pick-off at 2nd base allowed runner on 2nd to advance to 3rd base and runner on 1st base to advance to 2nd – neither runner scored)
2B Blair Springfield E-4 (throwing error allowed runner at 2nd base to advance to 3rd base – did not score)

Jose Guevara: 1 PB


1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 0-3 (4-3, P-3, 1-U)
2. Runey Davis, CF: 0-3 (K, K, F-9)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B)
4. Brandon May, 3B: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha, C-DH: 0-3 (K, F-9, K)
6. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 1-3, K)
7. Albert Hernandez, DH #1: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Carlos Romero, DH-C: 1-1 (BB, 2B)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-2 (3-U, F-9)
10. Cody Shields, LF: 0-2 (K, F-8)

1. Yao-Lin Wang – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/4 GO/FO, 48 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Rogelio Carmona – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jesse Ginley – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Danny Keefe – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (17 strikes)

2B Vismeldy Bieneme E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
SS Wes Darvill E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)

Jae-Hoon Ha: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
Carlos Romero: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and warm, with temperatures in the 90’s


Getting real excited about Marcos Perez. I see Jonathon Mota has been assigned to Peoria and Jovan Rosa has been released. What the hell happened to him?

HAGSAG: I was a bit surprised that Jovan Rosa was not sent to Extended Spring Training out of Minor League Camp so that he could work on his catching without having to worry about hitting. I'm not sure what happened with Rosa at Peoria (obviously he wasn't hitting), but I am VERY surprised that he was released.

How about Ping-Chieh Chen! He is tearing up EXST. Do you see him making a full season roster this year? Currently, I imagine seeing Chen, Alcantara, and Darvill going to Boise to start the year, and whoever takes off out there will take over at Peoria after the inevitable move ups of Lee to Daytona, Castro to AAA/Majors, and a middle infielder from Daytona moving to Tennessee. Anxious to see your thoughts on some of these guys, and what their future could hold this summer.

Also, do you follow the DSL at all? If you do, could you give me a name or two to follow this summer? I'm always up for learning more info. Thanks as always

Well, I picked the "L" earlier today. We rarely beat Hernandez. Slow, slower and slowest. Our power hitters can only hit ground balls and pop-ups.

Good day for him to pitch at Wrigley. We gave up another 8th inning run, right?

Alberto Alburquerque (Jeff Baker deal) designated for assignment by the Rockies.

...designated for assignment by the Rockies.
If I were the Isotopes GM, I'd be kickin' the tires.

I wouldn't mind bringing him back. We could use some upper level power arms.

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    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

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    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

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    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

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    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

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    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

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