Giants Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Dos Victorias at Fitch Park

The Giants swept the Cubs by scores of 3-1 and 2-1 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training Cinco de Mayo doubleheader this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Both games were pre-scheduled as seven-inning contests, but the game on Field #2 was extended an extra half-inning so that Alvido Jimenez could throw a second inning.

Cubs 2011 1st round draft pick SS Javier Baez left the game on Field #3 after being hit on the left arm by a pitch in the bottom of the 1st inning.

In EXST Cubs roster news, SS Junior Lake (back strain) completed his rehab assignment yesterday and has left Arizona, (presumably) en route to join the Tennessee Smokies in Sevierville.

Also, INF Luis Acosta, 3B (ex-C) Mark Malave, LF-RF Delbis Arcila, and catcher Antonio Valerio have been sent back to the Cubs Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, DR.

Acosta and Malave are just 17-years old, and both received $1M+ signing bonuses during the International Signing Period last summer. Acosta murders fastballs but needs to learn how to hit a breaking ball (totally clueless), and the beefy switch-hitting Malave (the more-advanced hitter of the two) needs lots of reps at 3B.

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


1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, RBI)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (6-3 DP, 5-3, F-7)
3. Wilson Contreras, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, F-9, E-5)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (BB, P-4, K)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-2 (3-1, 5-3)
6. Trevor Gretzky, DH #2: 0-2 (3-1, 3-1)
7. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
8. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
9. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, R)
10. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-2 (P-5, 6-3)

1. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 B, 1 K, 25 pitches (19 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Jorge Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 31 pitches (21 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Felix Pena: 2.0, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO

1. P Alvido Jimenez - E-1 (throwing error on sacrifice bunt attempt allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Jair Bogaerts - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Wilfredo Petit: 1-3 CS


1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, L-4)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, F-8, 3B)
3a. Javier Baez, SS: 0-0 (HBP)
3b. Kevin Encarnacion, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 2B, K)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (BB, P-5, F-8, SB)
6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (P-3, F-8, 2B)
7. Anthony Giansanti, DH-C: 1-3 (K, 3B, F-7, R)
8. Neftali Rosario, C-DH: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, HBP, RBI)
9. Brian Inoa, DH-2B: 1-3 (1B, 5-4 FC, L-6, CS)
10. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K)

1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (21 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 21 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
3. Luis Villalba: 1.2 IP, 2 H , 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 20 pitches (16 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Roderik Pichardo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO


1. Neftali Rosario: 1-2 CS
2. Anthony Giansanti: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s


The Cubs also played a six-inning intrasquad game at Fitch Park yesterday morning at 9 AM.

Junior Lake played shorstop and batted five times. It was his final EXST rehab game.

Here is the abridged box score from that game:


X. Junior Lake, SS: 2-5 (2B, 5-3, 1B, F-9, F-8)
NOTE: Lake batted five times, once each in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings
1. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 0-2 (F-9 DP, 5-3)
2. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K)
3. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-2 (F-7, F-8)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 1-2 (6-3, 3B, R)
5. Xavier Batista, LF 0-1 (BB, K, SB)
6. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
7. Carlos Penalver, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, L-7)
8. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (BB, F-9)
9. Eduardo Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-0 (BB)
10. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)

1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-2 (L-7, K, HBP, RBI)
2. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 0-2 (L-9, 6-3, BB)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 3-6 FC, CS)
4. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, F-8)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-1 (1B, BB, R)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 2-2 (3B, 1B, R, RBI)
7. Brian Inoa, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Rock Shoulders, DH #2: 1-2 (K, 2B, R)
9. Ryan Durrence, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-2 (3-U, 1B)
11. Anthony Giansanti, DH #3: 0-1 (E1, BB, SB)

1. Ian Dickson: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 50 pitches (37 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Augusto Colina: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 20 pitches (13 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Daniel Adrian: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 33 pitches (15 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

1. Javier Castro: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 30 pitches (18 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Su-Min Jung: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 36 pitches (16 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Charles Thomas: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO

P Ian Dickson E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely


Justin Marra: 0-1 CS

Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS

As much as I admire your attention to detail, you let us down a bit with no attendance figures for the sixer.

Must be a typo- Vogelbach with a triple. That must have been fun to see...

It'll be interesting to see how Concepcion does tonight. A lot of people are freaking out about his first two outings, without considering what a culture shock it is to be signed to a multimillion dollar contract and play in minor league shanty towns, which are not in much better shape than many third world country towns are, with very few guys on his team with his experiences from a political standpoint.

I'm thinking his third time out is the charm. But, as often happens, I may need to hit the strike button. Oh, look. I would have to do some html editing in the post to do that. So never mind.

minor league shanty towns, which are not in much better shape than many third world country towns are

Seriously? I'm not sure you have been to many (any?) third world countries...

~sarcasm font~ Personally, I've often thought of Peoria as a third world country shanty town. ~/sarcasm font~

and Rizzo doubles in the bottom of the 3rd for a 1-0 Iowa lead, scoring Randy Wells who had walked. BJax also had a double to lead off in the 1st.

so far Wells has 3 shutout innings with 4 hits, 2 BB, 3K's. Still playing with fire.

Daniel Berlind now pitching for the I-Cubs

who dat?

walks his first batter...

(I get it, it's secret encoding for Carlos Marmol, no?)

Am I reading right that Concepcion gave up 7 runs in the first inning? His numbers are almost impossibly bad. Like you couldn't give up as many runs as he does if the ball was literally on a tee. Wow.

And I still want a Concepcion jersey ... Damn

Hey Phil- was wondering if you could comment on the hitters at extended spring training regarding their propensity to strikeout. Looking back at the stats you posted the other day plus those above and it really seems like these guys are all a bunch of hackers. I guess I was expecting the new "Cubs way" to be forcing guys to take more pitches and walk more but that does not seem to be the case. Do you think they are pushing patience or are these players just really aggressive in the box? I guess it is an age old debate- patience is something you have and do not. It is really hard to be taught it.

CACUBFAN: There are a few patient hitters at EXST like Anthony Giansanti, Garrett Schlecht, Gioskar Amaya, Trevor Gretzky, and Dan Vogelbach, but even Vogelbach seems to be a bit over-anxious lately, although that's probably because he has been struggling.

I really haven't noticed any change in general hitting philosophy related to Cubs hitters at EXST trying to be more selective or patient. Most of them are aggressive hackers, just like every year.

And the most extreme example is Javier Baez.

In 97 Plate Appearances between AZL Cubs, Boise, and AZ Instructs last season, and Extended Spring Training this year, Javier Baez has NO WALKS, and 29 strikeouts. The strikeouts are somewhat understandable because he is a big-time power hitter with extraordinary bat speed, but NO WALKS? In 97 Plate Appearances? In other words, his next walk will be his first walk.

Phil; can you update us with any player reassignments? Looks like there's been some moves other than Junior Lake. Thanks

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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