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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  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.


  • Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.

  • i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).

    i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.

  • I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.