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)

=============================================

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

==============================================

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

=====================================

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...

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 40 min 8 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 5 hours 25 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 15 hours 7 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 18 hours 5 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 18 hours 17 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 18 hours 26 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 18 hours 32 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 18 hours 50 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 19 hours 26 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 44 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 19 hours 46 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 20 hours 3 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 20 hours 11 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 21 hours 6 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 21 hours 24 min ago view