Giants Sweep Cubs in Split Squad Double-Bill at Fitch Park

The EXST Giants swept the EXST Cubs by the scores of 7-0 and 9-2 in a “Split Squad” doubleheader played at Fitch Park in Mesa this morning. The EXST Cubs are now 2-3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training games.

The games were played simultaneously, one game on Field #2 and the other on Field #3. Both games were abbreviated due to the squads having a limited number of pitchers available to throw in a game.

Rebel Ridling (appendectomy with complications) saw his first game action of the 2010 season today, getting four Plate Appearances in the game on Field #2. He hit the ball hard all four times, grounding out sharply 5-3 his first time up, flying out twice (F-8 and F-9) in his next two ABs, and then crushing a double off the fence in right-center in his 4th and final PA. The 23-year old 6'4 235+ Ridling (310/357/466 with 16 HR & 97 RBI, 34 doubles, and a league-leading 166 hits in 136 games at Peoria in 2009) will probably be at Fitch Park for about another week before joining the Daytona Cubs.

Ridling replaces Matt Spencer as the newest EXST “AB Hog,” as Spencer (broken toe) has completed his rehab and is en route to Daytona, where he will play until the Cubs can open up a roster slot for him at AA Tennessee. 

Francisco Guzman had the best day offensively, ripping an RBI triple to CF and beating out a routine ground ball to 2nd base for an infield single, while also scoring two runs. Otherwise, Cubs bats were quiet on both fields.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (EXST Cubs players only):


NOTE: DH #1 Rebel Ridling batted in each of the first four innings, getting four Plate Appearances total in the game.

X. Rebel Ridling, DH #1: 1-4 (5-3, F-8, F-9, 2B)
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, SS: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, DH #2: 0-3 (6-3, F-7, K)
3. Charles Thomas, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, L-7)
4a. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-0 (HBP)
4b. Kyung-Min Na, RF: 0-1 (P-5)
5. Melvin Camarena, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
6. Manuel Pestana, CF: 0-2 (4-6 FC, K)
7. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
8a. Jose Guevara, C: 0-1 (K)
8b. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-1 (3-1)
9. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)

1. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 1/4 GO/FO, 39 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/FO, 36 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Cody Hams – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Gian Guzman – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)

3B Vismeldy Bieneme E-5 (two base throwing error allowed batter to reach base and runner at 2nd base to score unearned run with one out in the top of the 2nd inning)
3B Vismeldy Bieneme E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base with no outs in the top of the 4th inning – eventually scored unearned run)
RF Xavier Batista E-9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 2nd base, runner at 2nd base to score, and runner at 1st base to advance to 3rd base, with no outs in the top of the 4th inning – X. Batista was then immediately pulled from the game)


1. Francisco Guzman, CF: 2-3 (1-3, 3B, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
2. D. J. Fitzgerald, LF: 0-3 (4-3, K+WP, E-6)
3. Bobby Wagner, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, K, HBP)
4. Brandon May, 1B: 0-1 (5-3, BB, BB)
5. Albert Hernandez, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 4-6-4 GIDP, K, CS)
6. Runey Davis, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
7. Carlos Romero, C: 0-3 (4-3, F-8, 6-4-3 GIDP)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (K, P-1, 6-3)
9. Cody Shields, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
10. Rafael Disla, 2B: 1-2 (2B, K, R)

1. Frank Batista – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 3/5 GO/FO, 48 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Larry Suarez – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Jesse Ginley – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Danny Keefe – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 21 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Rogelio Carmona – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 3 pitches (2 strikes)

2B Rafael Disla E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base leading off the top of the 2nd inning – eventually scored unearned run)
P Eduardo Figueroa E-1 (throwing error attempting to pick runner off 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base in the top of the 2nd)

Carlos Romero: – 2-2 CS


WEATHER: Partly cloudy and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s


how soon before Cashner or Diamond are up?

Not soon enough. I'd take somebody that doesn't give up two hits before making an out.....

That's not how you play baseball.

Shark showing a spine made of cartilage. Hopefully Diamond will have a spine made of harder material

Russell probably has pitched his way on to the I-Cubs. Nice to see such over-achieving.

rbi's we don't need no stinkin' rbis.

that game was dildos.

Felix Pie out 3 months, strained latissimus dorsi (mid-upper back muscle), Cubbery. Twisted testicle is not associated with this injury as far as I know.

This is like 2009 all over again.

What scares me is that at some point the starting pitching is surely going to struggle for a stretch this season. The lack of offense and terrible bullpen has already led to losing FIVE quality starts. They could realistically be 11-2 or 10-3 right now. 5-8 is pathetic.

1) Zambrano sucked (L)
2) Dempster - QS - 6 IP 1 ER (L)
3) Wells - QS - 6 IP 0 ER (W)
4) Silva - QS - 6 IP 1 ER (L)
5) Zambrano - QS - 7 IP 3 ER (W)
6) Gorzelanny - QS - 6.1 IP 0 ER (L)
7) Dempster - 6.1 IP 5 ER (W)
8) Wells - 6.1 IP 4 ER (W)
9) Zambrano - 5 IP 3 ER (L)
10) Silva - QS - 7 IP 0 ER (W)
11) Gorzelanny - Left Early (L)
12) Dempster - QS - 7.2 IP 1 ER (L)
13) Wells - QS - 6 IP 1 ER (L)

This is like 2009 all over again.
Yeah, just like 2009, this lineup does miss Aramis Ramirez big rbi bat.

AZ Phil: Any sign of Esmalin Caridad? I heard he was going to EXST for his strained forearm rehab.

The hitting will start about the time the pitching stops

I predict the Cubs will trade Theriot.

I also think there will be at least 3-4 major league trades before June 1st.

I was thinking the exact same thing. If it continues like this, window is closed and there will be a fire sale.

Who would be the most realistic trade candidates?

More likely...
Lee (NTC)
Lilly (NTC?)
Fukudome (NTC)


YEs to all

IMO, if the Cubs are out of it in June, I would try and trade everyone but Wells, Marmol and Soto.

I don't think either Lee or Lilly will hold the Cubs hostage if they have the chance to be traded to a contender to finish a contract year.

Marshall would probably be very attractive to other teams, and he's reaching the point where an extremely low price tag will no longer be part of his appeal to the Cubs.

Theriot seems like a trade candidate if the Cubs are out of it and Castro is still tearing up AA (or AAA), especially if Darwin Barney comes around a little as insurance. Matt Camp has also been playing a lot of SS and hitting well at AAA.

imagine the bounty for the 222/271/241 512 OPS shortstop with a rag arm

If I were the Cubs, I'd hold out for TWO bags of balls.

This is a prime example of Cub fans over-valuing their own players. Not many teams would be lining up for Ryan Theriot, imo.

Just someone who needs utility help is all. That's worth a 2-star prospect.

You're right about Theriot's trade value. Who would want him? Of course that begs the question, why is he the starting shortstop on a big market team with a $140 million payroll?

Thank you.

Well, it's pretty simple: because a lot of that $144 million is being used on 1B ($13), 3B ($16), LF ($19), RF ($14), and the pitching staff ($18-$13-$13-$12). Which leaves $26 million for the other 17 guys on the team. Not to mention that $9 of that $26 million is for Samardzija ($3), Byrd ($3), and Nady ($3). So really that's $17 million for 14 players. So if you want a $10-$15 million player at shortstop then you either need the payroll to be $155 million, or get rid of some of these other guys.

Theriot has struggled through 50 at-bats, yes, as have a lot of guys. But in nearly 2,000 career at bats his OBP is .354. I have no doubt that by the end of the season he will end up with a line about .280/.340/.350. No, this is not great, but when you are overpaying by millions at a half-dozen other positions this is OK production for the price.


If he were Jack Wilson he'd be earning $8 million a year.


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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    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.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

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

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

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

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /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

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.