Golden Jack and a Dong Dinger Today's Breakfast Specials at Fitch Park

Reggie Golden blasted a 400-ft+ three-run home run over the left-centerfield fence and Dong-Yub Kim cracked at two-run shot over the LF fence to lead the EXST Cubs to a 9-3 victory over the EXST Diamondbacks this morning at Fitch Park Field #2 in Mesa.

While the Cubs were playing the D’backs on Field #2 (Field #3 was not available), another squad of Cubs played a six-inning intrasquad “sim game” on Field #1, with pitchers Ryan Hartman, Alvido Jimenez, Starling Peralta, Yilver Sanchez, Amaury Paulino, and Joe Zeller throwing two innings a piece.

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Justin Bristow (2010 non-TJS elbow surgery) and RHP Su-Min Jung have completed their rehab assignments at Extended Spring Training and have been moved-up to Peoria. Bristow has looked better with each outing, and looks to be about back to where he was in 2009. Bristow throws a 93 MPH fastball, a change, and a curve, and he should be able to pitch multiple innings for the Chiefs. Jung has been stretched-out as a starter at EXST, so he should be able to start or "piggyback" (as needed).      

Here is today’s abridged box score for the EXST game at Fitch Park Field #2 (Cubs players only):

1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-5 (K, F-8, F-9, K, 1B, R, RBI)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 2-5 (4-3, 4-3, K, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
3. Marco Hernandez, 2B: 2-4 (1B, BB, 4-3, K, 2B, 2 RBI)
4. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-4 (1B, 4-6-3 DP, L-6, K)
5. Chad Noble, 1B: 1-4 (4-3, 5-3, 1B, K, R)
6. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (BB, K, HR, F-8, 2 R, 2 RBI)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (BB, K, 3-U, F-9, R)
8a. Reggie Golden, RF: 2-3 (HR, K, 1B, R, 3 RBI)
8b. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 0-0 (BB, R)
9. Brian Inoa, DH: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-8, E-3, R, SB)

1. Jon Nagel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Ben Wells: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 41 pitches (26 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 43 pitches (26 strikes), 5/2 GO/FO
4. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 36 pitches (25 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
5. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 25 pitches (12 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

1. 3B Wilson Contreras E5 – fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely
2. 2B Marco Hernandez E4 – dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach base safely & unearned run to score

Yaniel Cabezas: 0-3 CS, 1 PB


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



Go Reggie "The Gut" Golden Go!

Carroll SS, Sands 1B, Ethier RF, Kemp CF, Uribe 3B, Thames LF, Barajas C, DeJesus 2B, Kershaw P


Castro SS, Barney 2B, Byrd CF, Ramirez 3B, Soto C, Soriano LF, Pena 1B, Johnson RF, Russell P

How many reserves are starting for LA?

Per Rotoworld from a tweet...

Doug Davis is expected to start Thursday for High-A Daytona.
Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll move up to Triple-A Iowa. Davis, 35, was signed to a minor league contract last month. The veteran left-hander would be a perfectly respectable insurance policy should either Andrew Cashner or Randy Wells suffer a setback.
Source: Patrick Mooney on Twitter

The veteran left-hander would be a perfectly respectable insurance policy should either Andrew Cashner or Randy Wells suffer a setback

A little too late to be thinking about a Cashner/Wells insurance policy...

before he even got injured cashner needed an insurance policy...well, i guess that was coleman or something.

also, wow byrd. glovework...woo.

Was that yesterday or two days ago that Quade was ejected?

garden claw makes a great gift.

Ha Ha Ha !
Hilarious headline, AZ. Made my day.

If there was a hall of fame for baseball headlines, you would be in on a unanimous first ballot.

probably not indicative of anything, but Pena hit 3 balls that I thought were HR's off the bat, but night air in California has always been death to fly balls.

Hopefully he's about to get on a hot streak...

other than that, defense still sucks as does James Russell

Got to give the guy credit for trying to hit a HR the third time, when the first two illustrated it couldn't be done.

What a mess of a team.

TRN: But, what about how fast Byrd runs down the 1B line on his tappers to the pitcher?

I didn't get the MLB package this year and with each passing day the decision becomes better and better.

I've never seen Dodger Stadium that empty. Wow.

There was a Lakers game last night. Or local Cubs fans were scared to get their skulls cracked in the parking lot.

it was pretty damn empty, Lakers probably had a small effect as did James Russell and the star-less Cubs.

it was also the first day back from Spring break for a lot of people.

I expect a few more tonight, but not a big difference.

Ozzie Guillen "Mark Buerhle is a Hall Of Famer

I didn't realize he played another sport. Which is it? Wasn't Jeff Conine a world class handball player?

It's May 3rd and Jae-Hoon Ha has seven outfield assists.

Wow. That's impressive.

It occurred to me, that in three years the Cubs could have had a top three in the lineup that featured Hak-Ju Lee (currently .486 OBP in the FSL to go with his .623 slugging), Matt Szczur (0-3 last night to drop to .306 average but walked twice and stole three baess) and Starlin Castro...oh, yeah, they would also be playing up the middle defense.

It could have been something similar to the ET McGhee, Ozzie Smith, Tommy Herr trio that tormented the NL East back in the 80's.

Willie McGee did have the longest neck on record.

I am glad that I am not the only one who marked the similarity.

Junior Lake has been hitting leadoff and has 8 SBs. Never (literally) draws a walk so he's one of those guys with an OBP below his BA.

Ah, that explains why he's 0/8 in May.

Darwin named NL Rookie of the Month

im amazed he's only GIDP twice. he's not slow...but he's not "baseball fast."

don't say the g word

He has evolved into the best rookie.

ryan dempster shaved his beard-thing into a fu-man-chooooooooo.


8 appearances in a row, 13 ER for ninja (and only 4 hits). if he could walk less people there might be a decent middle reliever in there somewhere (9bb in that same period, btw). some days he's sharp...most days he's wobbly at best even if they aren't hitting him.

lulz...p.sulivan's twitter from last night...

PWSullivan Paul Sullivan
Leaving Dodger Stadium. If I get killed in the parking lot, just want to say thanks for following me on Twitter, and have a good life.

RF Fukudome, 2B Barney, SS Castro, 3B Ramirez, CF Byrd, 1B Pena, LF Soriano, C Soto, P Dempster

Billingsley for Dodgers

we're back to that with soriano and soto, eh? neat.

"uhh, if we had the major league leader in home runs...I would bat the major league HR leader...uhhh...SEVENTH!"

Hendry: " YESSSSSS! That's the only interview question Ryne Sandberg missed... MR.CUBS MANAGER!

Looks like he found lou's printed line up cards.

With a 5th starter not needed until a week from Saturday, Casey Coleman or James Russell should have been optioned to Iowa today, and Jeff Stevens or Scott Maine should have been recalled (Stevens has been on Optional Assignment for ten days, so he is eligible to be recalled beginning today).

Or both Coleman AND Russell could be sent down if the Cubs want to try their luck with another starter on Saturday (like maybe Jay Jackson, for example).

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  • Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.

  • Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.

  • It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.

    Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.

  • Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.

  • I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.

  • Benji Molina is out of lineup

  • Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.

    Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.

    If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.

  • No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.

    I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.

  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.