The Wright Stuff Not Enough to Prevent Giant Sweep

Tennessee Smokies OF Ty Wright (DL rehab assignment) had three hits (two singles and a double) in his first game action since suffering a sprained ankle in a Southern League game on April 17th, but the EXST Giants swept a doubleheader from the EXST Cubs by scores of 7-5 and 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

The games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields, and both games were seven-inning affairs.

20-year old Dominican LHP Willengton Cruz had the best outing among the six Cub pitchers who threw at Fitch Park today, tossing three innings of one-hit shutout ball with no walks and six strikeouts (five swinging) on Field #2, and 2B Gregori Gonzalez reached base four times on a double, a single, and two walks, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, also on Field #2.

On the negative side, the Cubs committed six errors (resulting in four unearned runs) in the combined 14 innings of play, including five errors in the game played on Field #3.

For those of you who were Cub fans back in the day, you may be interested to know that ex-Cub Manager Tom Trebelhorn is the EXST Giants skipper (as he has been for the past four seasons), and ex-Cub manager Joey Amalfitano (who is now 77 years old) is an infield and bunting instructor with the EXST Giants. Both are looking well.

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):


1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 1-3 (F-8, P-1, BB, 1B, R)
2. Gregori Gonzalez, 2B: 2-2 (BB, BB, 2B, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-3 (1B, HBP, K, 3-1, R)
4. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-2 (F-9 SF, 2B, BB, F-7, 2 RBI)
5. Jesus Morelli, DH: 1-3 (F-8, F-8 SF, 1B, F-8, RBI)
6. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-4 (5-3, K, F-8, 1B)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (P-4, BB, 4-6 FC, 2B, R, SB)
8. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-3 (BB, P-4, L-3, L-9)
9. Max Kwan, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, P-6, K)

1. Willengton Cruz: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 39 pitches (28 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Jeffry Antigua: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

3B Wilson Contreras - E5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)

Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS



NOTE: Ty Wright was a DH and batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, and second in the bottom of the 5th inning.

X. Ty Wright, DH #1: 3-5 (5-4 FC, 1B, 2B, F-8, 1B, RBI)
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 1-3, K)
2. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-2 (6-4 FC, HBP, 1B, R, CS)
3. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (4-6 FC, F-8, 1B, R)
4. Dong-Yub Kim, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, K, R, SB)
5a. Brian Inoa, C: 0-2 (6-3, FC)
6b. Rafael Valdes, DH #2: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
7. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 1-3 (6-3 DP, K, 1B, RBI)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (F-9, F-7, K)
9. Carlos Romero, DH #3: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, 1-3)
10. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (1B, 4-6 FC)

1. Joe Zeller: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 40 pitches (30 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
2. Dustin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 27 pitches (15 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
3. Manolin DeLeon: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 37 pitches (24 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

1. 1B Dong-Yub Kim - E3 (errant throw attempting to throw-out runner at plate allowed another runner to score and batter to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Dustin Geiger - E5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Vismeldy Bieneme - E4 (fielding error allowed batter reach base safely)
4. LF Eduardo Gonzalez - E7 (dropped pop fly in LF allowed batter reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
5. 1B Dong-Yub Kim - E3 (missed catch at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

Brian Inoa: 0-2 CS



WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s



Randy Wells back either next Friday or Saturday vs. Pirates

Cashner getting second opinion on shoulder from Dr. Lewis Yocum

not cool...

heading into the game, Pena 10/34 with a 1.160 OPS and 5 HR's off Lester

who's this mumbling bob brenley replacement that barely knows how to do a color man's job?

Bill Buckner.

I think it's WGN's new policy of finding a replacement broadcaster that lives in the area so they don't have to pay for a plane ticket. That should make for some fascinating substitutions as the summer rolls on and Brenly takes more weekends off to watch his son play.

I prefer him to Moreland - not that I hate Zonk

Koyie Defense strikes again.

I hope Koyie is a Christian and Jesus does return tomorrow just so we don't have to watch anymore of his shit.

We will have to find his house, I bet he has some cool shit we could steal. He won't need stuff in heaven.

Think he still has the offending saw?

Sold it on eBay.

this is embarrassing...again.

Can you say "blow out" boys and girls?

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day, would you be mine, could you be my pitcher.

it's amazing that 1/2 inning was only 2 runs.

Hi Arizona Phil,

I know you haven't watched all the extended spring training games but I was wondering who you think are the 5 best prospects at extended this spring.


I'm starting to understand why Doug Davis didn't have a job.

The Cubs best players would only be bench players on the Bosox.

Geovany Soto is gonna kick your ass.

he brought in Scott Maine to face Youkilis?

shouldn't that have happened a batter earlier?

I'm also starting to understand why Scott Maine was in the minors.

Q-Ball apparently didn't realize that an 8-5 game is the same as a 3-0 game when it comes to the pen.

Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!

I'm starting to understand why Mike Quade bounced from minor league organization to minor league organization.

damnit, that was my next one.

only 4 errors tonight...neat.

14 runs far.

But only one unearned, so that's a step in the right direction, right?

5 runs off of Lester, you think you would at least make the game close. In the pitcher's defense, that umpire clearly had some money on the over. Will check again tomorrow when the box score is updated with his name, but I strongly suspect he's going to be one of the hitting friendliest guys in MLB.

Only 1 unearned run and we had what, 4 errors or 5, plus Hill's passed ball. Amazing.

Earlier Crane Kenney caught a hr on a bounce by I think Saltalamacchia while sitting above the Green Monster. I wish the ball threw Kenney back.

Eight minor-league wins in two days, but the best was Iowa, tonight, scoring the last 7 runs in an 11-10 win at home. Down two runs in the 9th, Colvin led off with a double. Two outs later, Scales singled, Moore tripled, Clevenger hit a walk-off single, his fourth hit of the night including a homer.

and evidently rafael dolis is now being molded into a reliever/closer

the expectation was always that Dolis was going to end up in the pen. They moved him earlier than I anticipated (when Whitenack got the bump up), but it wasn't a surprise. He's still a bit inconsistent on the slider.

Whitenack is having a great year. I wonder about his stuff/projection? He was kicking ass at Daytona and has just kept it up at Tennessee

Someone was right when they said Davis would have a era over 5 after game,

try 8.31
Zambrano has to be pissed he cant hit tonite.

Can Zambrano DH?

K Hill throws intentional ball one to Z from the mound, then Hill catches.

Can Q please let Soriano DH. Bozo in LF, nuff said...

1918 uniforms for both clubs tonight. Zambrano to do his best Babe Ruth impersonation (if my first idea is followed)

Soriano will be out in left field where AL teams can see him. Unless the ball is hit to him, he looks like a ballplayer. If you noticed, he was wearing a lot of lipstick.

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  • I know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.

    With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.

    I'll take that omen instead...

  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat