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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  • 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.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.