Giants Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Dos Victorias at Fitch Park

The Giants swept the Cubs by scores of 3-1 and 2-1 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training Cinco de Mayo doubleheader this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Both games were pre-scheduled as seven-inning contests, but the game on Field #2 was extended an extra half-inning so that Alvido Jimenez could throw a second inning.

Cubs 2011 1st round draft pick SS Javier Baez left the game on Field #3 after being hit on the left arm by a pitch in the bottom of the 1st inning.

In EXST Cubs roster news, SS Junior Lake (back strain) completed his rehab assignment yesterday and has left Arizona, (presumably) en route to join the Tennessee Smokies in Sevierville.

Also, INF Luis Acosta, 3B (ex-C) Mark Malave, LF-RF Delbis Arcila, and catcher Antonio Valerio have been sent back to the Cubs Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, DR.

Acosta and Malave are just 17-years old, and both received $1M+ signing bonuses during the International Signing Period last summer. Acosta murders fastballs but needs to learn how to hit a breaking ball (totally clueless), and the beefy switch-hitting Malave (the more-advanced hitter of the two) needs lots of reps at 3B.

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


1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, RBI)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (6-3 DP, 5-3, F-7)
3. Wilson Contreras, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, F-9, E-5)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (BB, P-4, K)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-2 (3-1, 5-3)
6. Trevor Gretzky, DH #2: 0-2 (3-1, 3-1)
7. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
8. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
9. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, R)
10. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-2 (P-5, 6-3)

1. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 B, 1 K, 25 pitches (19 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Jorge Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 31 pitches (21 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Felix Pena: 2.0, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO

1. P Alvido Jimenez - E-1 (throwing error on sacrifice bunt attempt allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Jair Bogaerts - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Wilfredo Petit: 1-3 CS


1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, L-4)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, F-8, 3B)
3a. Javier Baez, SS: 0-0 (HBP)
3b. Kevin Encarnacion, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 2B, K)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (BB, P-5, F-8, SB)
6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (P-3, F-8, 2B)
7. Anthony Giansanti, DH-C: 1-3 (K, 3B, F-7, R)
8. Neftali Rosario, C-DH: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, HBP, RBI)
9. Brian Inoa, DH-2B: 1-3 (1B, 5-4 FC, L-6, CS)
10. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K)

1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (21 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 21 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
3. Luis Villalba: 1.2 IP, 2 H , 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 20 pitches (16 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Roderik Pichardo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO


1. Neftali Rosario: 1-2 CS
2. Anthony Giansanti: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s


The Cubs also played a six-inning intrasquad game at Fitch Park yesterday morning at 9 AM.

Junior Lake played shorstop and batted five times. It was his final EXST rehab game.

Here is the abridged box score from that game:


X. Junior Lake, SS: 2-5 (2B, 5-3, 1B, F-9, F-8)
NOTE: Lake batted five times, once each in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings
1. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 0-2 (F-9 DP, 5-3)
2. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K)
3. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-2 (F-7, F-8)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 1-2 (6-3, 3B, R)
5. Xavier Batista, LF 0-1 (BB, K, SB)
6. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
7. Carlos Penalver, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, L-7)
8. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (BB, F-9)
9. Eduardo Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-0 (BB)
10. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)

1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-2 (L-7, K, HBP, RBI)
2. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 0-2 (L-9, 6-3, BB)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 3-6 FC, CS)
4. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, F-8)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-1 (1B, BB, R)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 2-2 (3B, 1B, R, RBI)
7. Brian Inoa, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Rock Shoulders, DH #2: 1-2 (K, 2B, R)
9. Ryan Durrence, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-2 (3-U, 1B)
11. Anthony Giansanti, DH #3: 0-1 (E1, BB, SB)

1. Ian Dickson: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 50 pitches (37 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Augusto Colina: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 20 pitches (13 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Daniel Adrian: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 33 pitches (15 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

1. Javier Castro: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 30 pitches (18 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Su-Min Jung: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 36 pitches (16 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Charles Thomas: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO

P Ian Dickson E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely


Justin Marra: 0-1 CS

Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS

As much as I admire your attention to detail, you let us down a bit with no attendance figures for the sixer.

Must be a typo- Vogelbach with a triple. That must have been fun to see...

It'll be interesting to see how Concepcion does tonight. A lot of people are freaking out about his first two outings, without considering what a culture shock it is to be signed to a multimillion dollar contract and play in minor league shanty towns, which are not in much better shape than many third world country towns are, with very few guys on his team with his experiences from a political standpoint.

I'm thinking his third time out is the charm. But, as often happens, I may need to hit the strike button. Oh, look. I would have to do some html editing in the post to do that. So never mind.

minor league shanty towns, which are not in much better shape than many third world country towns are

Seriously? I'm not sure you have been to many (any?) third world countries...

~sarcasm font~ Personally, I've often thought of Peoria as a third world country shanty town. ~/sarcasm font~

and Rizzo doubles in the bottom of the 3rd for a 1-0 Iowa lead, scoring Randy Wells who had walked. BJax also had a double to lead off in the 1st.

so far Wells has 3 shutout innings with 4 hits, 2 BB, 3K's. Still playing with fire.

Daniel Berlind now pitching for the I-Cubs

who dat?

walks his first batter...

(I get it, it's secret encoding for Carlos Marmol, no?)

Am I reading right that Concepcion gave up 7 runs in the first inning? His numbers are almost impossibly bad. Like you couldn't give up as many runs as he does if the ball was literally on a tee. Wow.

And I still want a Concepcion jersey ... Damn

Hey Phil- was wondering if you could comment on the hitters at extended spring training regarding their propensity to strikeout. Looking back at the stats you posted the other day plus those above and it really seems like these guys are all a bunch of hackers. I guess I was expecting the new "Cubs way" to be forcing guys to take more pitches and walk more but that does not seem to be the case. Do you think they are pushing patience or are these players just really aggressive in the box? I guess it is an age old debate- patience is something you have and do not. It is really hard to be taught it.

CACUBFAN: There are a few patient hitters at EXST like Anthony Giansanti, Garrett Schlecht, Gioskar Amaya, Trevor Gretzky, and Dan Vogelbach, but even Vogelbach seems to be a bit over-anxious lately, although that's probably because he has been struggling.

I really haven't noticed any change in general hitting philosophy related to Cubs hitters at EXST trying to be more selective or patient. Most of them are aggressive hackers, just like every year.

And the most extreme example is Javier Baez.

In 97 Plate Appearances between AZL Cubs, Boise, and AZ Instructs last season, and Extended Spring Training this year, Javier Baez has NO WALKS, and 29 strikeouts. The strikeouts are somewhat understandable because he is a big-time power hitter with extraordinary bat speed, but NO WALKS? In 97 Plate Appearances? In other words, his next walk will be his first walk.

Phil; can you update us with any player reassignments? Looks like there's been some moves other than Junior Lake. Thanks

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.