Geiger Counters Giant Rally with Walk-Off H-Bomb
After watching the EXST Giants score four runs in the top of the 7th inning (last inning) to take an 8-7 lead, Dustin Geiger slugged a two-out three-run game-winning walk-off HR in the bottom of the 7th to give the EXST Cubs a 10-8 victory over the Giants on Field #3 and a split in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
The Giants edged the Cubs 2-1 in the game that was played on Field #2. Both games were seven-inning affairs.
The 19-year old 6’3 200+ Geiger was the Cubs 2010 24th round draft pick out of Merritt Island HS (Brevard County, FL), receiving an “overslot” bonus ($150K) to give up a chance to play college ball at nearby U. of Central Florida. He has struggled at the plate for much of his short Cub minor league career, but the big RH hitter had a really big day at the plate today, reaching base all four times he batted (two singles, a walk, and the game-winning HR), while driving-in four runs.
Also on Field #3, 19-year old Kyung-Min Na had three hits (two singles and a double) and two stolen bases, scored two runs, and knocked-in two more, while making a couple of nice running catches in the outfield. Na received a reported $725K bonus when he signed with the Cubs in 2009, and at the time was rated by all the scouts who saw him play as the “fastest HS player in South Korea.”
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1. Gregori Gonzalez, SS: 1-2 (K, 3B, BB, HBP, R)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-3 (2B, F-9 SF, 1-3, 6-4 FC, RBI)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, BB, K)
4. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (5-4 FC, F-9, BB, K)
5. Max Kwan, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, 5-3, 6-4-3 DP)
6. Marco Hernandez, DH: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, F-7)
7. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 0-3 (K, E-6, 6-3)
8. Blair Springfield, CF: 0-3 (F-7, K, 3-1)
9. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, F-7)
SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. Larry Suarez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Charles Thomas: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 30 pitches (18 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Starling Peralta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 34 pitches (23 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Ryan Hartman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 19 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
SQUAD “A” ERRORS: 2
1. SS Gregori Gonzalez - E6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. P Charles Thomas - E1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off allowed runner to advance from 2nd base to 3rd base)
SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 1-3 (1B, 4-6 FC, HBP, K, CS)
2. Reggie Golden, DH #1: 0-4 (P-4, P-3, P-6, K)
3. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 1-4 (K, F-9, 2B, K, R)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-9, K, R, SB)
5a. Brian Inoa, C: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, 6-3, E-5, R, RBI)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (3-1, 4-3, 3-U, SH-E1, R, RBI)
8. Johan DeJesus, DH #2: 2-4 (K, 1B, 2B, 1-5 FC, 2 R, RBI, SB)
9. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 3-4 (2B, 1B, 1B, 1-4 FC, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 3-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, HR, R, 4 RBI)
SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. Austin Reed: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 54 pitches (28 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO
2. Luis Villalba: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 27 pitches (12 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
3. Colin Richardson: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 21 pitches (12 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Ramon Garcia: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 31 pitches (21 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
NOTE: 7th inning was stopped with two outs when R. Garcia reached max pitch limit for that inning
SQUAD “B" ERRORS: 1
P Austin Reed - E1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off allowed runner to advance from 1st base to 3rd base)
SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE
Brian Inoa: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
Schwarber stays back and hammers a 3-2 change-up that was down and away. Very impressive.
And a good job to drive the ball to RF to advance the runner in the 8th. Encouraging.
It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days.
I missed it. What did he do?
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.