Giants Take Two from Cubs at Indian School Park

Freddy Sanchez (2011 shoulder surgery rehab) had three hits and Jonathan Jones blasted a three-run home run, leading the Giants past the Cubs 6-4 and 3-2 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.

Both games were seven-inning affairs.

On a rehab assignment with the EXST Giants, Sanchez played 3rd base for four innings in the game on Field #2, and led-off the bottom of the first four frames. He grounded out 5-3 in his first AB, before drilling singles in each of his next three Plate Appearances.

Cubs 2011 30th round draft pick RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia (July 2011 TJS rehab) made his pro game debut, working one inning and allowing the J. Jones three-run bomb after issuing two walks. He struggled with his command throughout the inning, throwing 27 pitches but only 14 strikes. Maltos-Garcia suffered his elbow injury in a JUCO playoff game at Central Arizona College a year ago this month.

In EXST Cubs roster news, LHP Sheldon McDonald and RHP Charles Thomas have been moved up to Peoria.

In six Cactus League EXST games (12.0 IP), the 23-year old McDonald posted a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, with one walk and 18 strikeouts. McDonald attended Northeastern University and pitched for Team Canada in international competition prior to getting selected by the Cubs in the 33rd round of the 2011 June draft.

The 23-year old Thomas was selected by the Cubs in the 10th round of the 2009 draft out of Edward Waters College (the legendary Buck O'Neil's alma mater), and played 3B his first two years in pro ball, hitting a combined 244/297/357 in 109 minor league games. The 6’4 230+ Lee Smith clone was converted to a RHP two years ago, although he was a two-way player (3B/RHRP) in college. In 26 minor league games 2010-11, Thomas put up a 3.42 ERA and 1.67 WHIP, with 30 K in 26.1 IP. He had a 0.00 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP with 3/9 BB/K in five Cactus League EXST games (8.1 IP) in 2012. His fastball has been clocked at 98 MPH, but his progress on the mound has been slowed by on-going control issues.

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


1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (2B, P-4, 4-1, R)
2. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB, R)
3. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 0-2 (F-8 SF, 6-3, P-5, RBI)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B)
5b. Dong-Yub Kim, DH-LF: 0-2 (K, 5-3, RBI)
6. Trevor Gretzky, DH #2: 0-3 (3-U, 3-U, 2-3)
7. Brian Inoa, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-2 (4-3, F-9)
9. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (BB, 6-3, R)
10. Garrett Schlecht, LF-DH: 1-2 (3B, 4-1, R, RBI)
11. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-2 (1B, 1-3, RBI, CS)

1. James Pugliese: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 43 pitches (28 strikes), 3/5 GO/FO
2. Arturo Maltos-Garcia: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 27 pitches (14 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
3. Loiger Padron: 2.0, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (20 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12 pitches (10 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

2B Brian Inoa - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)


1. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-3 (6-3, 3-1, 4-6 FC)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (K, 2B, 6-3, R, SB)
3. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-3 (F-8, 1B, 1B, RBI)
4. Anthony Giansanti, DH #1: 1-1 (2B, BB, BB, R)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, P-1, RBI)
6. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-3 (1B, L-1, F-7)
7. Trey Martin, CF: 1-3 (F-9, 3-U, 1B)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, DH #2: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 3-U)
9. Ryan Durrence, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-9, K)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (5-3, BB, F-8)

1. Rob Whitenack: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 39 pitches (24 strikes), 6/1 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 35 pitches (20 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
3. Pete Levitt: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (11 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

1. 3B Jeimer Candelario - E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
2. SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safelyand unearned run to score)
3. C Wilson Contreras - E-2 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)

Wilson Contreras: 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80’s


How's Whitenack looked, AZ? Any thoughts on what Vogelbach, Shoulders, Bautista, Gretzky, Dunston Jr., and Candelario will probably do after EXST ends? Thanks, as always!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 8:22pm — Charlie

How's Whitenack looked, AZ?

Any thoughts on what Vogelbach, Shoulders, Bautista, Gretzky, Dunston Jr., and Candelario will probably do after EXST ends?

Thanks, as always!


CHARLIE: Rob Whitenack has looked OK, but nowhere near how he looked pre-TJS. He was the Cubs #2 starting pitcher prospect this time last year.

As things stand right now, I believe Xavier Batista will be playing RF at Peoria sometime in the near future, Shoulders, Vogelbach, and Candelario will be assigned to Boise, and Dunston and Gretzky will be at AZL Cubs.

However, this is still very much subject to change, especially with many of the Cubs hitters (including Vogelbach and Shoulders) currently struggling.

Also, Dunston Jr has been the most-improved playerv over the course of EXST, and so he could end up at Boise if he continues to play as he has over the past couple of weeks.

Thanks! Sounds like Boise could have some serious pop in the lineup, if Shoulders and Vogelbach collect themselves.

scouting profile on LaHair from 2006

fun quotes.

Interesting article. It seems like every day he has done something productive. It has been amazing. The greatest part is he is hitting outside pitches the other way (with power I might add) yet still turning on inside pitches (like the HR tonight). He is for real- the issue is what to do with both him and Rizzo long term. A good problem to have although Cashner at the back of the bullpen would have been really nice as well.

Sounds like some of the stuff we've seen so far -- going to the opposite field, goes on power binges. I liked the 80 make-up on the 20-80 scale.

another 80/80 makeup for comparison -

If nothing else, I'm a creature of what are you doing for me now. Some of the things I've been bitching about are fading away. And I really haven't been very specific about my TheoBitches other than saying, occasionally, why the blind adoration?

Team is looking good right now, so that is what counts. I'm actually watching this team whenever I get a chance to sneak in a few innings. So, already, very different than last year. 80 wins!!!!

Now you've gone and done it...

Sorry, Art. But I AM feeling more confident about my 80 wins in Rob's pre-season poll.

AZ Phil, I notice that Baez didn't play in either of the games yesterday, after getting hit in the forearm a few days ago. Please tell me it was just an extra day off and NOT that he sustained anything more than a bruise.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 8:33am — Hrubes20

AZ Phil, I notice that Baez didn't play in either of the games yesterday, after getting hit in the forearm a few days ago. Please tell me it was just an extra day off and NOT that he sustained anything more than a bruise.


HRUBE20: Nothing broken.

I am advised that he should be back in the lineup in a few days, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

I was listening to NPR on the way home yesterday and heard this story about a cultural historian commenting on some blogs and heard this gem of a quote:

"Comments sections are the cesspools of the Internet. They're the fetid sinks into which we throw the things that we'd rather not acknowledge we produce."

Yeah, that's about right.

"cultural historian" sounds like a grade A douchebag title...hope he reads that :)


The Real Neal is gone so maybe the writer needs to go back and rethink this. You can't comment on blogs if you aren't current.

The comments here are actually among the aspects of this blog that set it apart from the various other baseball blogs and message boards. Breakdowns into name calling, personal attacks, and political rants are actually outnumbered by civil and often intelligent discussions.

Even the nasty exchanges are usually pretty tame. Rob G keeps everyone in check.

the lowest level of humanity is found on the comments section of news/blogs.

i fully support this notion.

reuters, in particular, should be ashamed of themselves for letting Joe Scaredamerican Sr turn a piece of journalism into an exercise in opinionated ignorance.

Talk about cesspools...huh...

how teams may try to circumvent international bonus pool cap....

extend Melvin through 2015, Roenicke through 2014 with option for 2015.

DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Soto C, Cardenas 2B, Dempster P

I'm getting the sense that Barney is losing favor with the new regime.

it's been all downhill since april 24th...harsh couple of weeks.

OPSs in the low to mid 600s, no speed or power, and playing a non premium position will do that for you...

I posted more on this a few days ago, but Cardenas has the potential to be a much better hitter than Barney and is cheaper---and there pretty much a wash in most other skill areas--so why not try to go for a small upgrade here and maybe trade Barney, or move Barney to the super utility role and get rid of Baker. Thankfully they are doing the right thing with DeWitt. I hope that trend continues with some of this other dead weight on the roster.

and there pretty much a wash in most other skill areas--so why not try to go for a small upgrade here

defense remains to be seen, Cardenas reputation sure isn't good.

on that note

@Kevin_Goldstein Bingo. RT @echiu86: @Kevin_Goldstein is there a reason Adrian Cardenas never got a shot with the A's? He's hit at every level. Bad defense?

Someday Barney will be a starting shortstop on the Pirates or fill a bench spot for some better team.

Barney is a very good defensive second baseman, with the ability to sub as a very good defensive shortstop. Cardenas has a reputation of being average defensively on his best day.

He is very likely to be an upgrade offensively. And he is left handed, which seems to carry weight with the new administration.

I presume Campana just doesn't have enough AB's to qualify.

Bruce Bochy is a dick.

Brandon Belt is making his 2nd start of the year against a lefty. 1st was against Cliff Lee. Tonight is vs Clayton Kershaw


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  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.

  • *flips table*


  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.

    Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.