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):



FIELD #2


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


LINEUP:
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)


PITCHERS:
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)


ERRORS (3):
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)


FIELD #3 


LINEUP
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)


PITCHERS:
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)


ERRORS (2):
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)


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carlos Romero: – 2-2 CS


ATTENDANCE: 13


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

Comments

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.

http://masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2010/04/...

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http:/...

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.
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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)

Likely?...
Nady?
Silva?
Marshall?
Tracy?

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.

DEFENSE!

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

Amen.

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  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 8 min 24 sec ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 57 min 29 sec ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 20 hours 38 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 20 hours 44 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 20 hours 49 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 21 hours 41 sec ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 21 hours 11 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 21 hours 37 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 22 hours 17 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 29 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 23 hours 46 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 23 hours 50 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 35 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 6 hours ago view