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):


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)
10b. Wilfredo Petit, DH-C: 0-1 (BB, F-9)

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

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)


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)

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

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

Micah Gibbs: 1-1 CS


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


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, justice, burn him on the spit, etc, etc...

Seems fair to me.


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"

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

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 ...

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.


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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  • I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.

  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.