Giants Take Cubs Deep for Sweep

Charles Jones, Joseph Staley, and Gabriel Cornier cracked home runs to power the EXST Giants to a doubleheader sweep over the EXST Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Indian School Park in Scottsdale this morning, winning 5-3 on Field #1, and 8-1 on Field #2.

The games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields.

Both games were pre-scheduled as seven-inning affairs, but the game on Field #2 was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and Giants pitchers to get their scheduled work.

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


1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B-DH: 2-3 (2B, 1B, K, R, SB)
2. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (3-1, F-7, 6-3)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K+WP, R, 2 SB)
4. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #1: 2-2 (1B, 3B, BB, R)
6. Max Kwan, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
7. Blair Springfield, RF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
8. Eduardo Gonzalez, CF: 0-3 (6-4-3 DP, 4-3, F-8)
9. Gregori Gonzalez, DH-2B: 0-3 (F-7, K, F-7)

1. Dustin Fitzgerald: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 46 pitches (22 strikes), 2/5 GO/FO
2. Jean Sandoval: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 32 pitches (20 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Rafael Diplan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO


Johan DeJesus: 2-3 CS, 1 PO

RF Blair Springfield threw out batter-runner 9-6 trying to stretch a single into a double



1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-4 (3-U, F-9, 3-1, 6-3)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-2 (F-8, F-9, BB)
3. Chad Noble, 1B: 1-3 (1B, P-6, 6-3 DP)
4. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-1 (K, BB, BB)
5. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, F-7, K)
6. Jose Valdez, DH: 1-3 (4-3, K, 1B, R)
7. Jesus Morelli, LF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-2 (P-3, BB, 1B)
9. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-3 (L-8, 5-4 FC, 5-3 DP)

1. Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 GIDP, 52 pitches (26 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Santo Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 40 pitches (21 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
NOTE: Rodriguez’s second inning was stopped with one out when he reached his max pitch limit
4. Luis Villalba: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 21 pitches (10 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO

3B Dustin Geiger E5 – fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and two unearned runs to score

Yaniel Cabezas: 1-2 CS, 1 PB



WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80’s


RHP Rob Whitenack made his debut at AA Tennessee today, throwing six shutout innings (80 pitches - 54 strikes) and allowing just three hits, with no walks, three strikeouts and a 9/2 GO/F0. Whitenack left the game with Tennessee ahead 1-0, but he got a "no decision" thanks to a blown save by Smokies closer David Cales in the bottom of the 9th.

25-year old LHRP Luke Sommer was released to make room for Whitenack on the Tennessee roster. Sommer was drafted by the Cubs as an outfielder out of the U. of San Francisco in 2007 (30th round), but was converted to a pitcher his second year in the organization. In fact, I was at Fitch Park the day he became a pitcher, just about exactly three years ago.

That's a heckuva start to the move to AA. What is Whitenack's ceiling/projected date to reach MLB?

One more question while we're on the subject, is Whitesnake another one of those inverted W pitchers who brings his elbow above his shoulder at the back of his delivery?

Submitted by Jumbo on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 7:26pm.
That's a heckuva start to the move to AA. What is Whitenack's ceiling/projected date to reach MLB?


JUMBO: With pitchers, you never know. Pitchers can move much faster thah position players. And once a prospect gets to AA, anything can happen at any time.

Whitenack was drafted the same year as Trey McNutt (2009), but Whitenack is a year older (Whitenack was drafted as a college junior and is now 22, while McNutt was drafted out of a JC and is 21). So in terms of pro experience, McNutt and Whitenack are comparable, although McNutt made it to AA Tennessee in his first full season of pro ball (2010) and got an NRI to Spring Training, while Whitenack has just now arrived at AA.

But Whitenack is actually probably closer to the big leagues than McNutt right now, just because he throws strikes more consistently.

Thanks Phil
Based on his stuff, do you think he will top out as a #3 or #4 starter?

Vitters got a start at 1st base in that game. None of the bats did anything of note, and Leemaywho is just about down to the singles hitter we've come to know so far (.397 slugging and falling).

hey, phil.
seems like jin young kim havent pitch for awhile.
is he still on EXST cubs or is he injured?

Submitted by bartlettcubsfan on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 4:25pm.
hey, phil.
seems like jin young kim havent pitch for awhile.
is he still on EXST cubs or is he injured?


BART: Between the rehab guys and the nine pitchers that just arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy last week, there are so many pitchers at Fitch Park right now that they can't get enough work for everybody, so some of them throw sim games at Fitch when the rest of the team is on the road, and then some days they add an extra game (one home game and one road game played simultaneously), too, just to get more innings for the pitchers.

That's why they need three pitching coaches at EXST (David Rosario, Rick Tronerud, and Frank Castillo, plus Minor League Pitching Coordinator Dennis Lewallyn whenever he's in town). I don't know how they keep track of all the pitchers down here without losing somebody at the mall, but somehow they manage to do it.

Finally some promising news...

"The Cubs' fifth starter conundrum got a reprieve Wednesday when the game with the Rockies was postponed because of rain to 1:20 p.m. June 27.

Manager Mike Quade still hasn't said whether he plans to give James Russell a fourth try as the fifth starter. But the rainout allowed him to move Casey Coleman tentatively to Sunday in Arizona, with Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza throwing the first three games of the series.

That gives the Cubs an extra day to think about bringing up a minor-league pitcher for Monday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Triple-A Iowa right-hander Jay Jackson is considered a viable option, having allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday."

Then the Cubs will probably call up Jay Jackson to move into the Cashner/James Russell rotation spot on Monday in Los Angeles.

It's from Phil Rogers, so...

Any of Jackson, Wellemeyer, and Davis (in that order) would be better than Russell and Coleman right now. If Marshall hadn't gotten so damn good as a setup man, he'd be solidifying a rotation spot right now I suspect.

I was going to say that if Stevens can throw 90 pitches, Marshall can too, but I am afraid that Quade will read this and ruin Marshall's arm.

Hey Phil,

Wilson Contreras and Dustin Geiger are intriguing prospects at the dish, but what would you say about them defensively? Is it an automatic that they will stay at 3B, or will they have to put a lot of work in to stick there?

Also, how fit is Reggie Golden looking?

Submitted by scarey23 on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 9:41am.
Hey Phil,

Wilson Contreras and Dustin Geiger are intriguing prospects at the dish, but what would you say about them defensively? Is it an automatic that they will stay at 3B, or will they have to put a lot of work in to stick there?

Also, how fit is Reggie Golden looking?


SCAREY: Dustin Geiger looks better at 1st base than he does at 3rd base, but his strong arm is wasted at 1B. If he ever starts to hit (and hit with power) he might be moved to RF.

Wilson Contreras is a better all-around defensive 3rd baseman than Geiger, and it looks like he can stay there. Contreras is also a much better hitter at this point, AND he has HR power. (BTW, Contreras was a catcher when the Cubs signed him, but they almost immediately moved him to 3B).

Roger McDowell incident just got a whole lot funnier.

If you can make it pass Gloria Allred, you will get the pay off of simulated baseball bat sodomy-


I'm now on McDowell's side. Just because Gloria Allred has been so full of shit for so long and such a publicity hound.

Who the fuck trots out their wife and kids to RELIVE the alleged traumatic experience? Jack-asses all around...

This guy-->

Quinn, 33, who describes himself online as a private coach and mentor, an environmental researcher and the host of a radio show on motocross

Read more:

So I checked to see what "environmental researcher" Justin Quinn of Fresno age 33 had posted about himself on the web and this came up first posted two months ago--->

Student: Justin Quinn

Major: Environmental Science

Supervisor: Dr. Fraka Harmsen & Dr. Peter Van de Water

Area: Environmental Phenomena

My goals are to further research on El Nino and La Nina events are characterized by unusually warm and cool sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. As the climate rapidly changes flux values cooler run-off will without question change the current patterns and will reshape the current models of the ocean thermocline. Working together they will either enhance or diminish the source of the nourishment for ocean ecosystems circulating within the oceans that so dominates in determining the ocean Biosphere. This summer I plan to spend time in the San Juan Islands studying the impact of La Nina episodes on the region. I plan to do sediment analysis and dendrochronology amongst the islands to help provide data as to the most current impacts on the local ecosystem.

I will be joining Fresno State starting fall 2011 and currently work for The METRO program while attending the North Centers community college. After I graduate I plan to go directly in to graduate school and then onto doing Ph.D work. My other interests include studying the impacts of food related disasters in countries along the equator and the possible correlation of El Nino and La Nina effects of tectonic activity in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

It's a bit frightening to think he may be contributing to Wikipedia where he goes by the nick of hippyhickmoto:

Hippy and The Hick Moto Show was started in January 2011. Founded by Justin Quinn, 33 of Fresno CA. Hippy and The Hick Moto Show is for the Motorsports fan with a passion for going against the grain. is where all the broadcasts can be found and host Justin Quinn is a former Motocross, Supercross and Supermoto AMA Racer. In 2000-2002 Justin served as Team Coordinator for KTM Redbull, the racing team for KTM Sport Motorcycles USA. After the birth of his children Justin took some time off and founded the Factory Yamaha supported Mach 1 Yamaha. In 2003 the riders were Nick Wey and Heath Voss. Due to Justin's stubborn yet passionate energy, they parted ways early in the season. Since then Justin Quinn has obtained an AA Degree from Willow International and begins full time work this Fall for Fresno State and The SeaDoc society. Justin's work includes minor published results regarding theoretical physics and has the Patent on "The Notion of Anything .25: A refute to the Boltzman's Constant and The Theory of Everything"
Currently Justin Quinn works with Charities such as The Ronald McDonald House, Dig Pink Foundation, Willow International and many others.


But can he hit a curve ball?

an environmental researcher and the host of a radio show on motocross

Heh. Maybe he should research motocross and the environment.

don't get me wrong, McDowell was terribly inappropriate and over the top in responding to hecklers and should apologize. But once you invoke Gloria Allred and parade your family out there, there's obviously some publicity chasing by Mr. Quinn.

Agree totally. That was ridiculous and clearly made for tv.

Kids don't fucking belong in a press conference. :)

Baseball Bat

With this and gay witchcraft we are going to have some interesting google searches.

lulz...the little girl on the left almost laughs a few times at the 50-ish+ second mark when they start talking the sex stuff.

that said, this whole thing is just an activist move. it's not like they're asking for $5,000,000 or even expecting all the demands they make to be considered seriously, much less actually get them.

it's kinda in the same field as jesse jackson running for president...he never remotely expected to win, but he had some issues he wanted to push and his relative fame gave him an opportunity to push those views/concerns. if g.alfred didn't have her relative fame and it was some other lawyer the whole thing probably wouldn't make it past the sport pages.

i got no problem with it, really...or rather, i really don't give a crap. mcdowell should realize/know/duh that the ATL braves are 100% a family attraction baseball franchise, though. they're one of the most family-marketed franchises in the whole league.

The baseball bat demonstration was the weirdest thing. In context, it did NOT help me understand the incident better by one iota -- however, it DID look as though Quinn and Gloria Allred were simulating a sexual act together (even repeating a second time for the cameras) while Quinn's wife stood by watching them. What a weird, perverted vibe that created.

The baseball bat part is either going to be put into some Youtube mash-up rap video or else someone is just not paying attention.

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    As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...

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    Tough start.

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  • Joe.

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    If the Cubs game goes to 14 innings, I will no longer be calm.

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