Cubs and Giants Play Two at Fitch Park

Sergio Burruel ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to tie one game, while LHP Marcos Perez allowed his first runs in 17+ innings in the other, as one squad of EXST Cubs and one squad of EXST Giants played to a 1-1 tie on Field #1 and the other squad of EXST Giants defeated the other squad of EXST Cubs 4-1 on Field #3 in a split squad Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played at Fitch Park in Mesa this morning. Both games were pre-scheduled to go seven innings, although the game on Field #1 was extended an extra half-inning to allow Rogelio Carmona to get an additional inning of work.

Iowa 1B-OF Jason Dubois (on the I-Cubs DL since April 21st with a lower back strain) played LF again today and got four Plate Appearances in the game on Field #3, batting third in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings. He was called out on strikes in his first AB, and then grounded out 6-3, 5-3, and 5-3 in his other three PA. So far in four EXST games, Dubois is hitting 215/267/357, with two doubles, a walk, and four strikeouts. He is expected to rejoin the Iowa Cubs in Reno this weekend.

Cubs pitchers retired the first 15 Giants in the game on Field #1. RHP (ex-C) Alvaro Sosa made his EXST game debut by retiring the side 1-2-3 (Ks, 4-3, Ks) in the top of the 1st, and then 19-year old Taiwanese RHP Yao-Lin Wang retired all 12 men he faced (including five strikeouts).

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Yohan Gonzalez and 3B-1B Charles Thomas have been promoted to Peoria, while INF George Matheus (160/208/220 in 16 games) and RHP (and ex-OF) Andres Quezada (5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with 17 hits allowed and 10/13 BB/K in 15.0 IP) have been sent to Extended Spring Training from Peoria.

In seven EXST games (all in relief) over the past month, Gonzalez had a 0.82 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and .200 OBA in 11.0 IP, allowing just one run on eight hits, with 2 BB and 14 K, 1 GIDP, and a 9/10 GO/FO. The 20-year old 6’4 200 Gonzalez pitched at Boise in 2009, going 3-3 with a 4.21 ERA, allowing 44 hits (3 HR), and 7/31 BB/K in 23 games and 47 IP (all in relief) for the Hawks.

The Cubs 2009 10th round draft pick out of Edward Waters College, the 21-year old 6-4 225 Thomas hit 303/367/348 with three doubles, 5/8 BB/K, 13 runs scored, eight RBI, and four SB in 19 EXST games and 68 PA. Thomas has a cannon for an arm, and could eventually move to the mound if things don’t work out as a position player. He led the AZL Cubs (Mesa) in hits, doubles, and RBI in 2009. He can play both 1B and 3B, but his arm is wasted at 1B. For a big guy, Thomas has shown virtually no HR power so far in his career.

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


1. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3, 5-4 SH)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 2-3 (F-9, 1B, 1B, CS)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
4. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 0-3 (P-6, F-8, K-DP)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, LF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Rafael Disla, 3B: 0-2 (3-1, 2-3)
8. Kyung-Min Na, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, L-7)
9. Jose Guevara, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, K)
10. Blair Springfield, DH #2: 0-1 (5-3, BB, CS)
11b. Cody Shields, CF: 1-1 (1B, R)

1. Alvaro Sosa – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/3 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)


Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS


NOTE: LF Jason Dubois batted 3rd in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings, getting four Plate Appearances total in the game

X. Jason Dubois, LF: 0-4 (K, 6-3, 5-3, 5-3)
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R)
2. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 5-3, 2B)
3. Brandon May, 3B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3, RBI)
4. Runey Davis, CF: 0-3 (F-8, K, 5-3)
5. Luis Flores, DH: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B)
6. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 1-3 (F-9, 3B, 5-4-3 GIDP)
7. Carlos Romero, C: 0-1 (HBP, 4-3)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-1 (5-3 SH, K)

1. Marcos Perez – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 5/6 GO/FO, 49 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Danny Keefe – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)

C Carlos Romero E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)

Carlos Romero: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80’s



Why so many? Did a tour bus break down?

Thanks, as always, Arizona Phil.

Do you have any idea what injury Justin Bristow has?

PHIL: What do you think will be the career path of Dubois? Will he finally just give up? Will he get another MLB shot somewhere? Does he have ANY value in a trade for the Cubs?

Thanks, as always.

I swear they're just keeping him around so he can set the Iowa Cubs HR record

Iwamura, LaRoche, McCutchen, Jones, Church, Doumit, Clement, Cedeno, Maholm


Theriot, Byrd, Lee, Ramirez, Soto, Soriano, Castro, Colvin, Dempster

CarrieMuskat: #Cubs tweak Sat lineup. Xavier Nady now batting 7th and starting in RF. Castro hitting 8th

who is this Colvin guy?

I figured Colvin would hit a home run today so he could
disappear for another 2 weeks.

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  • Hah which reminds me this is a good article about Ross:

  • Gordo tweeted:

    "I'm pretty comfortable moving all over. I like it that way, too. It keeps me on my toes and ready each and every game.”--Bryant last week.

    So it could be he's just saying the right things, but I believe him.

  • Which means if you shut this place down, and the Cubs go back to their old ways, we will all have to hunt you down, kidnap you, and strap you to a chair to listen to Tim McCarver and Joe Buck repeatedly, with dollops of Hawk Harrelson thrown in for good measure.

  • You got a problem with David Ross?

  • La Stella (3B) batting fifth. Could be the La Stella game.

  • [Drafts plans for CTSteve idol.]

  • Pitcher batting 9th. Bryant in left, Schwarber in right.

  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.