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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  • delayed until 7:20 (tarp off the field)...

    CLE/TOR in the top 18th in case you're bored. 2nd baseman r.goins pitching for TOR...hit 90mph so far. 1ip 2h 1bb 0k, 0 r/er (bb was ibb). he threw a fastball/change mix. crowd loved it. d.ross is not impressed.

    crunch 2 min 50 sec ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base).

    Arizona Phil 18 min 51 sec ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 51 min 31 sec ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 7 hours 3 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 7 hours 15 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 16 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 10 hours 24 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 41 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 19 hours 16 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 19 hours 46 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 20 hours 8 min ago view