Geiger Blast Nets Cubs Split at Salt River Fields

Dustin Geiger slugged a grand slam HR to cap a five-run 2nd inning as one squad of EXST Cubs drilled one squad of EXST Rockies 10-4 on Red Mountain Field, but the other squad of Rockies pounded out 17 hits (including three triples, two doubles, and a three-run HR) and thumped the other squad of Cubs 12-1 on Dust Storm Field, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day doubleheader played this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.

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

RED MOUNTAIN FIELD

SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-4 (K, 3B, K, 2B, 2 R)
1b. Blair Springfield, CF: 0-1 (F-9)
2. Gregori Gonzalez, 2B-3B: 2-5 (5-3, 1B+E7, 6-3, 2B, 6-3, R, RBI)
3a. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 3-4 (1B, P-2, 3B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3b. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (K)
4a. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 2-4 (F-7, F-7, 1B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
4b. Carlos Romero, C: 0-1 (K)
5. Jesus Morelli, LF: 2-5 (1B, 6-3, 1B, K, 6-3, 2 R)
6. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, F-8, K, BB, R)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 2-5 (1B, 1B+E5, FC, 5-3, F-9, R, RBI)
8. Max Kwan, DH: 2-5 (K, 5-3, 1B, K, 1B, RBI)
9. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-5 (HR, K, L-6, 6-3, K, R, 4 RBI)

SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. Luis Liria: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 71 pitches (42 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Starling Peralta: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 40 pitches (30 strikes), 0/7 GO/FO
3. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 10 pitches (6 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Jeffry Antigua: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5 pitches (5 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

SQUAD “A” ERRORS: 1
2B Gioskar Amaya - E4 (dropped pop-up in short RF allowing batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)

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DUST STORM FIELD

SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 4-6 FC)
2. Brian Inoa, DH: 1-4 (1-U, 6-4 FC, 4-6-3 DP, 1B)
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-9, K)
4. Brandon May, 3B: 0-4 (F-9, K, K, 5-3)
5. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-4 (4-3, F-9, 3B, 1-3, R)
6. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 0-4 (F-8, 4-U FC, 5-3, 4-3, RBI)
7. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-9, K)
8. Johan DeJesus, C: 1-3 (F-7, 5-3, 1B)
9. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-3 (2B, F-7, F-8)

SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. Willengton Cruz: 2.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R (8 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 63 pitches (42 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
NOTE: 1st inning was stopped with one out when Cruz reached max pitch limit for that inning
2. Joe Zeller: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 54 pitches (34 strikes), 2/5 GO/FO
3. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 32 pitches (18 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 19 pitches (10 strikes)

SQUAD “B” ERRORS: 1
SS Marco Hernandez - E6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Johan DeJesus: 0-1 CS

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ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

rut roh...

"CarrieMuskat Carrie Muskat
#Cubs Soriano underwent MRI on left leg. Don't expect results until Tuesday. Said DeWitt: "It's a tough loss.""

We can only hope it's something that would prevent Fonz from playing LF the rest of 2011, and for that matter, ever again in the NL forcing a trade to an AL team as their DH.

It's Fonzie's left quad.

About 10 years back I suddenly had quad problems in both legs while playing softball in a day long tournament. We had no subs left and had gotten pretty deep into the tourney, so I wasn't about to just quit when I could still stand up and look like a guy playing defense. My quads tightened up so bad I couldn't run, it was excruciatingly painful to try and just walk fast and made running the bases and playing defense basically impossible, but I had to play 3 games with it like that. We finally lost and were eliminated, but the moral of the story is, quad injuries can completely suck. I had all your regular sprained ankles and pulled hamstrings, got drilled a lot of times, got clobbered in football, but the quad problems were the worst. They continued to be tight and to this day if I try to run they still tighten up. It put an end to my softball days.

did your team carry you on the payroll for 3 more summers after the quads shot craps?

Quade said DeWitt will play LF "for now."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

Why not Snyder or Campana or Colvin or someone we want to develop?

More interestingly, with DeWitt in the lineup, this may be the least threatening offense we've seen in awhile, at least in terms of power.

DeWitt in LF....wow..that's .....that's brilliant?

Sort of like replacing Derrek Lee with Neifi Perez in 2006... Welcome to Chicago, the place where managers' brains come to die.

I'd rather see DeWitt develop some versatility than see if Brad Snyder can play a few games in left. Snyder has no long-term value to the Cubs, but it seems increasingly likely that the only way DeWitt is going to have value to this team (either as a member or a trade piece) is if he can be a super utility type.

I don't agree with Quade's not-by-the-book moves very often, but I'm on board with this one.

I'd rather see an outfielder play left field.....DeWitt can't play 2B, and is just ok at 3B. We have enough defensive black holes on this team as it is..

I can sort of see where he has a point, but you have to consider what it does to the pitching staff too, some of which we're also trying to develop, which to me would counteract any benefit you get to increasing DeWitt's bench value.

And now we have a perfect time for Colvin to play every day in the majors and we're blowing it.

Well Neal...Colvin's development can't come at the expense of the Cubs' shot at the pennant..
(ducks)

I wonder if AZ Phil or some other follower of the arbitration rules could explain if the Cubs get some other benefit, like an extra pre-arbitration year from Colvin if they leave him in AAA for a certain period of time.

Not that I think the Cubs are likely to be that smart (Castro's callup last year being a prime example), but it's still interesting to me.

he had 1+014 days entering the season and something like 47 days so far this year...

a few more days and the Cubs will buy an extra year at least before free agency. It didn't look like he had much of a shot at Super Two anyway after this year which is 2+130-140ish range.

Delay him long enough and he might not be eligible after next season either I guess.

Cool, thanks.

Well i for one think if Q-ball plays the younsters there would be
alot more interest in watching ,they suck already.

Colvin should get call start in right everyday.
Dont we need a backup first baseman anyways.

Submitted by rokfish on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 8:28pm.
Well i for one think if Q-ball plays the younsters there would be
alot more interest in watching ,they suck already.

Colvin should get call start in right everyday.
Dont we need a backup first baseman anyways

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ROKFISH: I think the Cubs want to leave Tyler Colvin at Iowa for an extended period, until he can be more consistent at the plate.

So I suspect the Cubs will bring up either Scott Moore or Bobby Scales from Iowa to replace Soriano (Scales more likely than Moore), since both can play multiple positions (including 1B). If the Cubs do call-up Scales or Moore, they will need to open up a spot on the 40-man roster, and I would expect Esmailin Caridad to get Designated for Assignment to make room for Scales or Moore.

Also, it looks like Augie Ojeda has (finally) completed his rehab at Extended Spring Training, and should be about ready to get reactivated from the Iowa DL. There is one roster opening in Des Moines right now, or two once the Cubs call-up somebody to replace Soriano, and three if they DFA Caridad. If the Cubs do need another position player at Iowa (besides to Ojeda) to replace Scales or Moore, I would expect either Ryan Flaherty or Matt Spencer to get moved up to Iowa from Tennessee.

RHP Robert Coello should clear waivers today, and presuming he is not claimed, he will likely be assigned outright to Iowa and be reactivated, and will probably go back into the I-Cubs starting rotation. So Coello would replace Caridad on the I-Cubs 24-man roster, presuming Caridad gets the next DFA.

BTW, the Cubs had to DFA Coello because they needed two business days to secure Outright Waivers on him before he could be outrighted to AAA, and a player who is on an Optional Assignment to the minors must be "Recalled - Not to Report" before he can be Designated for Assignment. And then the player accrues as many days of MLB Service Time as he spends on the Designated List and is paid at the MLB rate, so I doubt that the Cubs wasted any time putting Coello on waivers last Friday, and they won't waste any time outrighting him, either, presuming he is not claimed by another club. (It is taking this long to get Coello through waivers because a player must spend two business days on waivers, and weekends and holidays and not considered MLB business days during the season).

Likewise, Jeff Stevens should finish his "waiver ride" at 1 PM EDT on Thursday (as would Caridad if he is DFA'd prior to 2 PM EDT today), and presuming Stevens and/or Caridad are not claimed, the Cubs would have two more roster decisions to make at Iowa involving pitchers. Perhaps RHP Alberto Cabrera (who is over his head at Iowa) will be sent back to Tennessee once all the smoke clears.

There is also a question about Ramon Ortiz perhaps having an opt-out in his contract if he is not brought up to Chicago by a certain date. If so, an "opt out" is usually on the first or last day of a month, and so we'll see if Ortiz has the right to demand his release, and if so, if it's today (5/31) or tomorrow (6/1). If he does have that right, the Cubs might decide to bring him up to Chicago. He had a strong outing for the I-Cubs yesterday, and it's hard to imagine he could be much worse than Doug Davis or Rodrigo Lopez.

I would agree why not Snyder also does he not have to clear waivers
to be sent down again,why not see what we have.
bottom of the ninth tying run on second pitcher up who the hell is he
gonna pinch hit for piotcher Zambrano i would rather see experience
on bench.

I'm starting to think that the Cubs aren't that good this year.

you're onto something...call it intuition; call it subtle; call it nuance; call it crooked numbers in the error column of the linescore almost daily; call it the natural order of things; call it a season...

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  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 43 min 20 sec ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 4 hours 34 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 4 hours 42 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 15 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 18 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 19 hours 21 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 20 hours 4 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 20 hours 15 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 20 hours 21 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 20 hours 25 min ago view
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    crunch 20 hours 36 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 20 hours 42 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 20 hours 57 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 20 hours 58 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 23 hours 49 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 1 day 2 hours ago view