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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  • So many memories from this game -- Javy's HR, Grimm's Ks, Soler's throw, Schwarber's ridiculous bomb, Strop overcoming his demons, Lackey screaming at himself after giving up the hit to Hammel....just awesome stuff.

  • dodgers win...1 more game of pitcher use on the mets and dodgers (degrom + greenkey)

  • maddon is easily one of the best managers out there, that's why he's getting paid huge for someone that doesn't have to rent/own in NYC/LA.

    for the most part there's 2-3-5 of guys on that level, and 25-28 other teams trying to find a guy who's capable. they can also go out of favor rather quickly (m.sciossa recently). last year's NL MOY didn't make it a full year into 2015 before getting fired.

    no matter how one feels about how it could have been done cheaper with less commitment, we only know how this way is working out. it's been awesome so far.

  • Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.

  • I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.

  • Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.

  • Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.

    Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.

    This team is just so much damn fun.

  • Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.

    Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.

  • pretty much this. also, a magician.

  • Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people

  • What did I miss?

  • I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.

  • How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.

  • I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.

  • With today's victory,  the Cubs are just 1/2 game behind (0.5 GB) the Cardinals for the best record in MLB in 2015. 

    If they win the LCS and the World Series and go no worse than 8-4 in the process, the Cubs will be World Champions AND they will have the best record in MLB in 2015 (CUBS 109-70 .6089 versus STL 101-65 .6084). 

  • Well, I can say this...Cardinals fans certainly hate the Cubs right now...about as much as Pirates fans.

    Our bullpen was friggin brilliant this series...even if their ERA doesn't look good.