Cubs Take Two from Giants at Indian School Park

Xavier Batista blasted a three-run home run and an RBI double and Trey Martin singled twice, doubled, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in another, leading one squad of Cubs to a 10-3 victory over one squad of Giants on Field #1, and Rock Shoulders drilled a two-run single in the top of the 1st and six Cub pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout as the other squad of Cubs blanked the other squad of Giants 3-0 on Field #2, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split squad doubleheader played this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.

Several pitchers who spent the 2011 season in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) made their U. S. game debut for the Cubs today, including 19-year old Mexican RHP Javier Castro, 19-year old Venezuelan soft-tossing LHP Augusto Colina, 6’6 20-year old Dominican RHP Jorge Diaz, and 21-year old Venezuelan RHP Loiger Padron. All of the new guys pitched OK, although Colina did give up a solo HR to the first man he faced (second pitch) in the bottom of the 4th.

Since all Extended Spring Training statistics are unofficial anyway, I have also included the Cubs stats from yesterday’s game versus the Giants at Fitch Park that was rained out in the bottom of the 1st inning.

So here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today in Scottsdale (Cubs players only), plus the Cubs stats from yesterday’s game versus the Giants at Fitch Park that was rained out in the bottom of the 1st inning:

THU 4/26


Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-1 (P-4)
Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-0 (BB)

Rob Whitenack: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 11 pitches (9 strikes), 3/0 GO

FRI 4/27



1. Trey Martin, CF: 3-5 (5-3, 1B+E6, E-3, 2B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-5 (1B, 4-3, 6-3, FC, F-8, R)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 2-5 (1-3, K, 1B, 2B, K, 2 R, RBI)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-4 (3-U, P-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (K, P-6, 2B, K, R, RBI)
6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (3-U, K, 1B, 3B, R, RBI, SB)
7. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, K, L-9, SB)
8. Trevor Gretzky, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, BB, 1B, 4-3)
9. Kevin Encarnacion, LF: 1-4 (3-U, F-8, 4-6 FC, 1B, R, PO)
10a. Mark Malave, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, K)
10b. Wilfredo Petit, PH-DH: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3)

1. Tayler Scott: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 50 pitches (33 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Augusto Colina: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 28 pitches (18 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Jorge Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 26 pitches (14 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Loiger Padron: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 20 pitches (18 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
5. Felix Pena: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

1. RF Xavier Batista - E-9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (throwing error on attempted force-play allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely)
3. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. P Jorge Diaz - E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd base)

Wilson Contreras: 0-2 CS


1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-3 (BB, P-4, F-8, P-4, R)
2a. Pierre LePage, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, 6-3, R)
2b. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (3-U, HBP, 6-3, 1B)
4. Rock Shoulders, DH-1B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-7, K, 2 RBI)
5a. Anthony Giansanti, C: 2-2 (BB, 3B, 1B, R)
5b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-1 (K)
6. Brian Inoa, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 3-U, 1B)
7. Ryan Durrence, 1B-DH: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-4-3 DP)
8. Danny Lockhart, 3B-2B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, 5-3, P-6)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, 3-1)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, 6-3)

1. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 29 pitches (19 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Javier Castro: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12 pitches (10 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 10 pitches (7 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Luis Villalba: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
6. Roderik Pichardo: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (12 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Pichardo’s outing was stopped in bottom of add-on inning once he reached 14 pitches

RF Yasiel Balaguert – E-9 (fielding error on line drive single allowed batter to take an extra base)

RF Yasiel Balaguert threw out baserunner 9-5 trying to advance to 3rd base on single to RF


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s


Have the Cubs really recalled Welington Castillo from Iowa?

"Welington Castillo's agent told Enrique Rojas of that his client is being called up to the big leagues."

clevenger to the DL

135/.224 /250 and 1 RBI in 52 ABs. That's Soto's line. Combine that with last year and maybe it's time to end the Geo Era. What did Sveum say about Byrd? Give him 100 ABs? Well, let's give Castillo a week instead, and see if he can keep Soto on the bench. When I saw him in Round Rock, he looked like he knew what he was doing at the plate.

Phil, how do you like Trey Martin as a prospect?

Clevenger has "tightness in his side", so put on DL as a precautionary move. Not officially an oblique strain but as close to it as it gets.

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