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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  • 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.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.