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):


FIELD #2


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)


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FIELD #3


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


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ATTENDANCE: 7


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

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

THANKS!

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?

THANKS!

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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?"

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/699686-mlb...

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.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/carl...

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

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Dodger-Sta...

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

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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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  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 32 min 21 sec ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 57 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 22 hours 8 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 22 hours 13 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 22 hours 18 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 22 hours 30 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 22 hours 41 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 23 hours 6 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 23 hours 47 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 59 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago view