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):


FIELD #1


SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
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)
10. Johan DeJesus, C: PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY – NO AB


SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
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


SQUAD “A” ERRORS: NONE


SQUAD “A” CATCHERS DEFENSE
Johan DeJesus: 2-3 CS, 1 PO


SQUAD “A” OUTFIELD DEFENSE:
RF Blair Springfield threw out batter-runner 9-6 trying to stretch a single into a double


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FIELD #2


SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
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)


SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
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


SQUAD “B” ERRORS: 1
3B Dustin Geiger E5 – fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and two unearned runs to score


SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yaniel Cabezas: 1-2 CS, 1 PB


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ATTENDANCE: 8


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

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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?

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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?

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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."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

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

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking...

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?

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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-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_e...

wow.

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: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/...

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. Hippyandthehick.com 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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Hippyhickmoto

lulz

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. :)

Simulated
Baseball Bat
Sodomy

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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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 3 hours 16 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 4 hours 30 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 4 hours 34 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 5 hours 44 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 6 hours 23 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 6 hours 23 min ago view