Cubs Win One & Tie the Other at Indian School Park

Rock Shoulders belted a two-run home run and Shawon Dunston Jr doubled twice and scored two runs, but Kentrell Hill rifled a game-tying RBI triple in the bottom of the 7th to enable the Giants to avoid defeat on Field #1, while Ian Dickson and three relievers were combining to toss a three-hit shutout as the Cubs blanked the Giants 1-0 in the other game on Field #2, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.

Both games were seven-inning contests (the game on Field #1 was called after seven innings with the score tied 5-5).

Micah Gibbs continued his rehab assignment, catching the shutout on Field #2. He racked-up seven more Plate Appearances today (batting once each inning), going 2-6 with two singles and a walk, and a stolen base. He also threw out a baserunner trying to steal 2nd base. In four EXST games, Gibbs is now 3-17 with seven walks.

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

FIELD #1

CUBS SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-3 (2B, K, 2B, 5-3 SH, 2 R)
2. Eduardo Gonzalez, DH #1: 1-3 (4-1, 1B, SH-FC, 1-3, R, RBI, 2 SB)
3. Wilson Contreras, C-DH: 1-3 (3B, K, P-3, R)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-3 (K, HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
5. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3)
6. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
7. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (K, F-7, F-8)
8. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-3 (1B, L-4, 6-3, SB)
9. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-2 (BB, K, E-6)
10a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10b. Wilfredo Petit, DH-C: 0-1 (BB, F-9)

CUBS SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (14 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 B, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 29 pitches (17 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Jin-Young Kim: 2.1, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 25 pitches (15 strikes), 1/5 GO/FO
4. Jorge Diaz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (12 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO

CUBS SQUAD “A” ERRORS: 2:
1. 3B Jair Bogaerts - E-5 (fielding error allowed baserunner to advance an extra base – eventually scored unearned run)
2. LF Trevor Gretzky - E-7 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)

FIELD #2

CUBS SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
X. Micah Gibbs, C: 2-6 (1B, BB, 1B, 4-3, K, 4-3, P-4, SB)
NOTE: Gibbs batted seven times - once each inning
1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-2 (L-8, K)
2. Javier Baez, SS: 0-2 (5-3, 6-3)
3. Xavier Batista, RF-DH: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (1-6-3 DP, 5-3)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, SB)
7. Neftali Rosario, DH #1: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #2: 0-2 (4-3, K)
9. Brian Inoa, 2B: 1-2 (K+WP, 1B, CS)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, DH-RF: 0-1 (3-U)

CUBS SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. Ian Dickson: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 36 pitches (29 strikes), 3/5 GO/FO
2. Matt Spencer: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (13 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Daniel Adrian: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Alvido Jimenez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (10 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO

CUBS SQUAD “B” ERRORS: 1
2B Brian Inoa - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Micah Gibbs: 1-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 18

WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and breezy, with temperatures 100+

Comments

Randy Wells got blasted today at Sacramento, giving up 7 runs in 5.0 IP, 8 Hits, 3 BB. 6K. Iowa lost 9-4.

The I-Cubs offense sucked too except for Anthony Rizzo hitting his 13th HR, a 2 run shot in the first.... and a triple, going 3 for 4

Recent EXST pupil of Az Phil, Gioskar Amaya got a pinch hit double in the 8th.

"Rays manager Joe Maddon said it will be either Alex Cobb or Chris Archer taking Jeff Niemann's (leg) spot in the rotation."

take that wade davis.

dear brett lawrie...

enjoy your free time you just earned. great time of year for golf. maybe go sailing.

Half of the 50 person crowd looked stunned at Lawrie's helmet toss (old lady behind ump). The other half was enraged by his shitty call (beer tosser). Two bullshit calls in a row, but Lawrie might want to stay at home plate until the ump makes the call. Too many umps don't signal anything on a ball, then when a player takes off early they automatically call a strike. He won't deserve what he gets, the helmet took a wicked hop

He's going to get 10-20 games.

Ump should get review by league he instigated.

Both were wrong.

"Canada..they started a country and no one showed up"-Rodney Dangerfield

10-20 games easy. Horrible calls, but you can't go chucking shit in the umps general direction......Delmon Young.

"USA.......they started a county and a bunch of fucking idiots showed up." Me.

10-20 games? Holy shit that's a lot. If he gets 20 games he should get to pistol whip the ump

fwiw, Joe Torre is saying he doesn't believe Lawrie intended to hit the ump and the helmet just took an unfortunate hop. He might be spared a bit.

I'd say 7-10 after hearing that.

and the correct answer is 4.

OMG, something, something....no justice, burn him on the spit, etc, etc...

Seems fair to me.

homer.

Ump was being a dick. It cheapens the sport that umps personalities become an issue in the game.

Boy, do I miss Harry Wendelstedt and Tom Gorman. Some of these clowns today make Bruce Froemming look like Bill Klemm.

Or, maybe you miss the guys who were supervising those umps. This kind of behavior is really pretty easily stopped. Been going on for a few years, at least.

Look to their leader Joe West

Interesting. Thanks for the link.

angels fire mickey hatcher (hitting coach)...yeah, that'll fix pujols.

*cough*internal politics*cough*

mickey will find work. i seriously cannot imagine mike s. wanted this...they're great friends.

Whipping gloves at teammates and now getting guys fired, Albert showing what a great guy he is.

If Albert Pujol's previous ability to hit was a result of his batting coach in St. Louis, somebody would be paying that guy $20 million a year to leave St. Louis. Why anybody should feel the need to be paid to leave St. Louis is for another thread.

His success is obviously due to hitting coaches such as the famous St. Louis hitting coach, Coach Growth Hormone.

Too bad that $250M+ contract is guaranteed. If he was found to have used HGH I wonder if the Angels have any recourse of it they just should have known better (buyer beware)

They'd be idiots not to include that in their contract, but who knows? I'd love to believe these owners would stop doing these idiotic long contracts, but they won't. But seriously, they may as well just give these guys the team for these amounts of money. It doesn't seem economically sustainable.

I guess I just assumed drug clauses like that weren't allowed by the CBA/union.

That could be. I have no idea.

It seems like too dramatic a drop off for that. He was too good a pure hitter to simply say it was HGH. But it was a funny joke.

My bet is something is wrong with his back, or something. That was my concern when there was so much press talk about the Cubs getting him on an extended contract. I say press talk, not Theo talk. He seemed to occasionally suffer from a bad back, which is going to eventually affect your swing. In the case of Pujols, that old truism that sometimes that it's the moves you DON'T make that are the best moves really hits home.

AZ Phil, what do you see the Boise roster looking like by their opening day?

From Rotoworld

Kyle Kendrick will start in place of Vance Worley (elbow) Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Worley was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with right elbow inflammation and will miss at least his next couple of turns in the starting rotation. Kendrick has an ugly 7.32 ERA and 12/9 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.

Too late to claim him off FA to start for tonight's game... :(

"Friendly at the Confines"

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

Italy vs. Poland club soccer teams will play in July at Wrigley

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php...

Junior Lake, SS/3B, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 3-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, K. On base 19 times in his first nine games; .344/.475/.594 overall.

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-4, 3B, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, K. Six home runs in last eight games and up to .359/.420/.704 overall; it's getting close to the time for the Cubs to find a way to get him in the lineup.

Gerardo Concepcion, LHP, Cubs (Low-A Peoria): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K. First good start lowers ERA to 8.10. Commanding an upper 80s fastball very well.

Not even baseball related....

Google announces big change to how search results are delivered, says new search tool will think more like a human.

WTF ARE THEY THINKING?????????????????????

I've seen the Matrix and Terminator to know how this ends...

So Google search results will be a sarcastic asshole?

That would be kind of cool, actually.

If it's for guys it's just going to go to porn sites.

Then wtf am I going to do with my bookmarks?

Glad I bought my Skynet stock earlier this year.

@BearReport Per @mikecwright the #Bears are moving Chris Williams back to left tackle ... http://chi.scout.com/2/1187001.html

Doesn't matter, he'll get hurt 12 minutes into training camp anyway

After a pre-snap penalty.

Guess Cabrini is not ready.

Does it say if Williams' helmet will come with siren on it to go off to warn Cutler?

I think CW is going to be the third Tackle, not a starter

How close did Berkman come to signing with the Cubs?

“It would have been closer if we actually had the meeting,” he said. “I signed with the Cardinals and Jim was flying down to (Houston) to go to dinner (with me).

“It was funny because when he was at the airport, the Cardinals and I were still very far apart. And then it was like as he got on the airplane, I got a call from St. Louis and they doubled the offer. I was like, ‘All right, that’s where I wanted to play.’”

Berkman still enjoyed a night out and ended up going to dinner with Hendry, a very entertaining personality. Recruiting players to Chicago isn’t that difficult. The Cubs are taken care of around the city and the day games open up your nights.

From Rotoworld:

Lendy Castillo has been diagnosed with a moderate groin strain and may be placed on the disabled list. The Cubs have flown in Scott Maine just in case Castillo's groin shows no improvement over the next several hours. The Rule 5 Draft pick has posted a rough 7.04 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 7 2/3 innings this season.

moderate groin strain will take 2 months to heal at least including rehab.

And then there's the obligatory injury resulting from coming back after the long rehab.

he'll have to come back at some point, later in the season, the better as you can bury him even farther when rosters expand.

But as tim815 noted, still has a little over half his obligation to go before Cubs own his rights completely.

Games after September 1 don't count toward the 90. I think Bowden and Castillo might play seventh man in the pen tag-team.

ah thanks, makes sense.

mid-July then he should be back.

I think he'll be back by early-June. Then, Bowden will evelop shin splints or turf toe. Castillo still has to get his 90 days in.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 3:57pm — tim815

Games after September 1 don't count toward the 90. I think Bowden and Castillo might play seventh man in the pen tag-team.

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TIM: Unless the rule was changed in the new CBA (and I haven't seen anything anywhere to indicate it was), MLB Service Time acrued after September 1st DOES count toward the 90 days needed to satisfy Rule 5 obligations.

Wow. Thanks.

Lendy Castillo has accrued 42 days of MLB Service Time so far (MLB Service Time started to accrue beginning with MLB Opening Day on 4/4), and if he were to go on the DL today and stay there until rosters expand on September, he'll pick-up another 33 days from September 1st through the last day of the MLB regular season on 10/3, for a total of 75 days.

He needs 90 days for the Rule 5 restrictions to be removed, so if he comes up short at the end of the 2012 MLB regular season, he would remain a Rule 5 player into the 2013 season, but would only have to spend 15 days on the Cubs MLB 25-man roster at the beginning of next season, and then the Rule 5 restrictions would be removed and he could be optioned to the minors in mid-April.

Also, if he were to be placed on the DL today he could be sent to Fitch Park to throw in weekly "sim" games, before going on a 30-day minor league rehab assignment at Daytona in August prior to being reinstated fromn the DL on September 1st.

The Cubs should not even think twice about putting Lendy Castillo on the DL.

Will today count as one toward the 90 or not? Probably not. I think 41 down, 49 to go.

Signed: RHP Mike MacDougal (released by Dodgers), C Brian Esposito (released by Reds)
Recalled: RHP Casey Coleman
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Brad Zapenas, SS Jonathan Mota
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ben Wells

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  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 35 sec ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 10 min 26 sec ago view
  • 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 53 min 14 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 5 hours 38 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 15 hours 20 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 18 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 30 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 39 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 45 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 19 hours 3 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 39 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 57 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 59 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 17 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 20 hours 24 min ago view