Pitching & Timely Hitting Key to Cub Success at Salt River Fields

Dong-Yub Kim and Brandon May smacked back-to-back two out RBI doubles to key a two-run 1st inning that propelled one squad of EXST Cubs to a 5-2 victory over one squad of EXST Rockies on Red Mountain Field, while Yao-Lin Wang, Jin-Young Kim, and Starling Peralta combined to throw a three-hit shutout as the other squad of Cubs blanked the other squad of Rockies 3-0 on Dust Storm Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action at Salt River Fields at the Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale this morning.

The games were played simultaneously, and both games were seven-inning affairs.

Tennessee OF Ty Wright (sprained ankle) and Iowa SS Augie Ojeda (back) continued their injury rehab assignments in today’s game on Red Mountain Field, with Wright playing LF for six innings and going 1-2 with a single, a HBP, a stolen base, and two runs scored, and Ojeda playing SS for five innings and going 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-3).

Only one pair of umpires showed up, so the game on Red Mountain Field was umpired by Rockies and Cubs coaches.

Here are the abridged box scores from today’s games (Cubs players only)


1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 1-4 (P-6, 3-U, F-7, 2B)
2. Gregori Gonzalez, 2B: 0-4 (K+WP, 4-3, 4-3, F-7)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 3B, F-7, R, SB)
4. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3, HBP, R)
5b. Jesus Morelli, LF: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-2 (1-3, HBP, 1B)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-7, P-6, CS)
8. Blair Springfield, DH: 0-3 (F-9, F-8, 6-3)
9. Max Kwan, 1B: 0-2 (HBP, K, 6-3, CS)

1. Yao-Lin Wang: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 45 pitches (32 strikes), 4/4 GO/FO
2. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
3. Starling Peralta: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (14 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO


Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS



1. Vismeldy Bieneme, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, RBI, PO)
2. Augie Ojeda, SS-DH: 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-3)
3. Ty Wright, LF-DH: 1-2 (1B, HBP, L-4, 2 R, SB)
4. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, 1B, F-7, R, RBI, SB)
5. Brandon May, 3B: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, BB, RBI)
6. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, SB)
7a. Carlos Romero, DH #2: 1-2 (P-5, 1B, CS)
7b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (3-1)
8. Rafael Valdes, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-7, R)
9. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-1 (2-3, HBP, SB)
10. Johan DeJesus, C: 1-2 (1B, F-7, R, RBI)
11a. Xavier Batista, DH #3: 0-1 (K)
11b. Oliver Zapata, PH-LF: 0-1 (5-3)

1. Matt Loosen: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 54 pitches (34 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
2. Jose Rosario: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 45 pitches (26 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Jean Sandoval: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (8 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

SS Marco Hernandez - E6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)

Johan DeJesus: 0-1 CS



WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s



Az Phil,
How much longer will the Cubs keep Loosen at Fitch? Thanks.

And it keeps getting better...

Garza to miss Sunday's start with elbow tightness and will see a Dr. in Chicago. Russell or Shark-Face could start.


"Sunday's plans are up in the air, though Quade said it will likely be a bullpen day, and James Russell is the "prohibitive favorite" to start, after pitching three scoreless innings against Boston on Friday."

So they plan on bringing a guy back on one day's rest and hope he gives them 3 ip or more? The management of this team is ridiculous. Don't we have anyone in the minors that is scheduled to start Sunday to bring up for one game?

Randy Wells is scheduled to start Sunday for Iowa. I don't know who's scheduled for Tennessee. They have said Wells would make 1 start at Iowa and then return for next weekend, wouldn't be better to send down Maine and bring Wells up for this start? Or send down Main (or someone else) and bring up someone else to plug in?

The Cubs 'brainiacs' on the field and at Clark & Addison are making this a very tough team to root for (or want to spend money watching).

Project .400

Fox Saurday baseball can kiss my ass a 2nd week in a row.

$200+ a year for MLB EI and they add yet another blackout date to their schedule. Thanks AGAIN for yet ANOTHER Yankees game. neat.

That's B.S. They advertise that plan as "watch every game."

BTW, Cubs and Red Sox wearing 1918 throw back jerseys tonight.

MLB and Fox can both go eat a bag of dicks for taking 3 games and any games that fall into their broadcast period on both Sat and Sun to blackout.

Crunch, I just sent you a message/email? Not sure which, it went to whatever your contact info is on TCR.

got it...thanks.

Quade said he thought about calling up Wells for tomorrow's start but said 'he's not ready'. I understand not rushing a guy back from an injury, but if he's considered healthy enough to pitch 5 innings for Iowa I don't really see why he's not healthy enough to pitch 5 innings up here.

But still, there's NOBODY else available?

just j.r. mathes...he kinda sucks, though...goes tonight for Iowa.

Yeah I think his ERA is around 9 or so this year.

Submitted by Paul Noce on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 5:14pm.

Quade said he thought about calling up Wells for tomorrow's start but said 'he's not ready'. I understand not rushing a guy back from an injury, but if he's considered healthy enough to pitch 5 innings for Iowa I don't really see why he's not healthy enough to pitch 5 innings up here.

But still, there's NOBODY else available?


PAUL N: For some reason Tennessee LHP Chris Rusin was scratched from his scheduled start tonight, and RHP Rob Whitenack is scheduled to make his next start for Tennessee tomorrow, so I guess either of them could be possibilities to make Matt Garza's start tomorrow.

BTW, if Whitenack is brought up to pitch at Fenway tomorrow and then gets optioned back to the minors (even if he is brought up to make just the one start), he would get a 4th minor league option year, as long as it is used prior to 2015.

Thanks AZ.

Muskat says that after the game Quade confirmed Russell will start Sunday.

DeWitt starting in LF.

1st inning, 1st batter, catcher interference by Koyie Hill.

and Z isn't happy about it.

he actually backed up pedroia with that 1st establishing inside pitch. damn.

"how do you sell those things? how do you sell a plain white hat? no, really...it's a red sox hat."

ha. marketing fail.

And it's probably $40 on MLB.com.

oh shit...

marlon byrd hit in head by pitch...down hard.

in the face

well, we get colvin back in the bigs now =p

probably see a lot of reed johnson in CF, though.

Eye socket is what he reacted like, replay wasn't clear, but that's about where it hit him.

If he fractured his eye socket his career could be over. A lot of guys were done after that. Dickie Thon (did return later but never had full vision), Steve Kemp...

they got him off the field REAL fast...he was in crazy pain.

Juan Encarnacion, Tony Conigliaro, Luis Salazar this spring...

That's about the worst goddamn thing that can happen, other than a death. F#ck. I just hope Marlon is going to be able to see alright, forget baseball.

Looked like it caught all eye socket.

"gash" under the eye is all that is being reported so far, and that he stayed at the hospital over night.

And that they couldn't say if he had vision problems or any fractures until they ran more tests.

That's two batters hit. It's time for Z to do what he does.

Looked a-w-f-u-l.

I love watching the outfielders run with their pants up high, it looks like old time highlights.

announcers are way too busy filling the broadcast with 90%+ redsox talk to discuss m.byrd or talk about/around the situation.

this broadcast is an embarrassment. they seem to only know or have direction to talk about 1 team.

almost all the cubs talk is about carlos pena, too. go figure.

Join the fun in Parachat...well me and crunch.

The Cubs might opt to place Marlon Byrd on the new 7-day DL that MLB clubs can use for players who suffer a concussion.

Cubbery is contagious!

Reuters-The owners of the Boston Red Sox have contacted the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and had the visiting clubhouse burned to the ground.

And further preventive measures they had Cubs team shipped to an island off of Cape Cod to remain until further tests could be completed.


Nice minor-league streak for Cubs: twelve wins in three days.

A few interesting numbers--

Peoria: Eric Jokisch has been finishing games for Hayden Simpson all season. Simpson doesn't ever quite get to five innings, so he's 0-1, while Jokisch is 6-0.

Daytona: Junior Lake has 16 stolen bases.

Tennessee: Matt Spencer has ten home runs. Flaherty has 43 RBI.

Byrd being kept in hospital overnight, Cubs said they can't say if has a fracture or vision problems until more tests are run on Sunday. I would take that as he has some swelling and probably some vision problems now, but they can't determine yet to the extent until the swelling starts to go down. I doubt they wouldn't be able to say anything if he were just sore.

story on Garza


says he's felt it on and off over the last 2 starts and if it was a postseason game, he'd be pitching. Says he's felt it before but it's gone away.

Cubs looking to call up someone for the pen tomorrow.

A fresh arm would be nice. AZ Phil said Rusin was scratched from tonight's start, maybe he's the guy.

This is what I mean by portfolio risk...

The Cubs are only 20-24?! It feels more like 10-24.

as i was saying before the computer twitched...even in victory the cubs look so bad; witness the keystone cub baserunning in that wacky, little leaguish 8th last night...i shall go to the wells this afternoon & see what i can see...

John Kruk said he talked to Marlon who said his eye was completely swollen shut, but he is expected to be released today.


Police arrested who they think is one of the two guys who beat a Giants fan half to death at Dodgers stadium...


Which would explain why they can't do tests on his vision...

Yes, and it would hopefully mean there are no fractures.

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