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):


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)

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

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)



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)
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)

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

P Austin Reed - E1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off allowed runner to advance from 1st base to 3rd base)

Brian Inoa: 1-1 CS



WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s


AZ Phil - Reggie Golden has been down there two months now. Does he look any more fit?


Submitted by QuietMan on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 10:12pm.
AZ Phil - Reggie Golden has been down there two months now. Does he look any more fit?



Q-MAN: He probably has lost a few pounds since he reported to Minor League Camp, but he needs to lose more. He has below-average speed right now.

Ready for a laugh? The Bleacher Report suggests the Cubs should trade for Carlos Beltran...which isn't likely going to happen because of his salary and the Cubs probably won't be close to the division lead come June/July, but the real kicker is what the guy says the Cubs should trade for 2-3 months of Beltran...

"...what will it take to get him?

The Mets will likely be looking for little more than salary relief and a couple of "B" or even "C" level prospects. Think Josh Vitters, Reggie Golden and Marquez Smith — players in that mold.

But even if the Cubs have to throw in a Trey McNutt, perhaps they do it because after all, you only get so many chances to be "all in," right?"

The Bleacher Report is something awful...

I've never read it before, but it came up in a Google search. That's just a really bad article over there. And in the comments the guy says something like, "I know they won't make the trade, but I'm bored."

He must be a Met fan.

But that June schedule will kick the Cubs straight in the balls and out of contention.

BR is a blog aggregator. It has 4000 bad amateur writers. And all of their crap floats to the top of Google searches.

Thanks Google.

My guess is he read this fangraphs article on the worth of Beltran (cash and C prospects) and doesn't know what equals C prospects nor the burden of a crappy contract.

Sketches released of the two creeps who attacked Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.

Stow is still in a coma. 200 Billboards offering a $100,000 reward going up all over LA.

From sun-times...

Saturday night lights

Tonight’s game will be the first on a Saturday night at Wrigley Field since Aug. 31, 2002. That was a rescheduled game that became the second of a doubleheader.

The last regularly scheduled Saturday night game at Wrigley was June 20, 1998.

It's freezing here.

Which might cut down on the drunk knuckeheads.

The most striking thing about the photo of the Pujols hug is Hendry and Pujols appear to be roughly the same size. It's fair to say they are not built the same, however.

Although Thomas Diamond's slot on the 40-man roster is not needed right now or probably anytime soon (the Cubs already had a slot available for Doug Davis), the Cubs have outrighted him to Iowa anyway.

Because he has been outrighted previously in his career, Diamond has the right to refuse the outright assignment and be a free-agent immediately, or he can wait to exercise his right to be a FA until the end of the MLB regular season.

With the rumblings of sending Colvin down to get him some regular at bats, maybe they needed a spot on the 40-man for another OF? (Since Fernando Perez isn't showing anything.)

Justin Berg to Iowa for Dud Davis.
Diamond indeed off the 40 man roster for DD.

Muskat twits a lineup...

CarrieMuskat: #cubs lineup sat nite rf fuke, 2b barney, ss castro, 1b pena, cf byrd, lf soriano, 3b dewitt, c hill, p davis

WOW! It is 6 weeks into the season and we see the 1st sighting of DeWitt at 3B - his best position.

DFA is Hill's best position... hopefully that will come soon as well.

So ARam didn't make it back for tonight's game.

Submitted by Cubster on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 2:12pm.
Justin Berg to Iowa for Dud Davis.
Diamond indeed off the 40 man roster for DD


CUBSTER: Contrary to what was reported by Carrie, Thomas Diamond was NOT outrighted to make room on the 40-man roster for Doug Davis. There already was one slot open, and even if the 40-man roster had been full, Brian Schlitter could have been transferred to the 60-day DL (he has already spent 53 days on the 15-day DL, and is nowhere close to returning to action).

I would say a more likely reason for the Cubs outrighting Diamond now was that if he got claimed off waivers, the Cubs would save some of the $100K they are paying him on his minor league split (he gets more than the minor league split minimum because he spent 1/3 of the 2010 season on the Cubs MLB Active List). If the Cubs release Diamond (which will probably come next), they have to eat his entire minor league split salary, unless he signs a major league contract with another MLB club (which would be VERY unlikely given that nobody claimed him off outright waivers).

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  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat

  • Hey AZ, Chesny Young made raised some eyebrows with his minor league season. What do you think of him?

  • AZ Phil, why are Beeler and Parker in Mesa? Are they still recovering from injury?