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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  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused, so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or optiion LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October.

    Arizona Phil 50 sec ago view
  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 8 min 3 sec ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 15 min 39 sec ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.

    johann 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.

    Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.

    Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 2 sec ago view
  • Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.

    Tito 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD

    crunch 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.

    Dusty Baylor 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 4 hours 26 min ago view