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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  • Complete craziness bottom seven. Bottom line Cubs were fortunate to score a run

    And of course Arrieta walks the first two batters in the eighth (to be fair he was totally squeezed on Zunino's walk to start the inning)

    Eric S 3 min 9 sec ago view
  • ...and the no hitter is over in the 7th...2 on, 0 out.

    crunch 25 min 39 sec ago view
  • Miley thru six: no hits, no walks, 8 K's - one batter (Bryant) reached on a error by Seager (hard hit but clearly an error). At 71 pitches

    Eric S 32 min 16 sec ago view
  • It's the law of baseball -- if you score 10+ runs in a game, you must struggle to score in the next game. Particulalry against an inferior pitcher.

    billybucks 38 min 56 sec ago view
  • Looking for Bryant to break up another no-no with a long fly ball in the sixth.

    But any hit will do.

    Eric S 41 min 58 sec ago view
  • this game is f'n flying by.

    also, "Hernandez (5-4, 3.45) versus Hendricks (9-7, 2.39), ruined by ESPN tomorrow at 7:08pmCST." gets 1000 upvotes and a gold star.

    crunch 53 min 35 sec ago view
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    johann 59 min 4 sec ago view
  • Why is that disconcerting, OB?

    Charlie 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • He was a big key to the crazy start, a big key to the end of last year, a big key in not beating the Mets (although lots of help from a tired inexperienced team there), so although the team as a whole can get through a series with a good Jake it will be tough with a bad Jake. I don't think it's realistic to have the insanely great Jake again, but maybe it is. Seeing today's box score it appears maybe it is - but I haven't been able to tune in yet.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • IMO Jake is really the key to winning the World Series, but maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on one player.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 51 min ago view
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    Old and Blue 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • Very nice. I saw him in Lansing in May. I'm still stunned that he hit a 400-foot foul ball onto Larch Street ... which is going the other way for a right-handed batter. It was perhaps the most amazing swing I've ever seen a minor league player take. I should also mention that it was about 40 degrees out at the time. Not that it's evidence of anything per se, but I feel his plate approach is way more advanced than Soler was at this stage in his development and that the comparisons aren't really fair to Jimenez. 50/50 chance I'll go to Midland tonight for the low-A debut of Oscar de la Cruz.

    John Beasley 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick

    Eric S 5 hours 24 min ago view
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    SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.

    billybucks 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 10 hours 6 min ago view
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    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 15 min ago view