Cubs & Giants Leave Things Tied at Indian School Park

Rock Shoulders drilled an RBI double and scored a run to highlight a two-run Cub 1st inning, and Rob Whitenack (2011 TJS rehab) threw five innings (60 pitches) of one-run ball, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #4 in Scottsdale, AZ.

The game was called after nine innings with the scored tied 2-2.

Over his last five games, Shoulders is hitting 333/444/733, with three doubles and a HR, three walks, and six RBI. He has also struck out seven times and grounded into a DP over that five-game span, but it's still his best multi-game stretch as a pro.

In EXST Cubs roster news, catcher Micah Gibbs has completed his Extended Spring Training rehab assignment and is headed for Daytona. In five EXST games (29 PA), Gibbs went 5-20 with nine walks. He also struck out twice, stole two bases, and scored six runs. He threw out one base-stealer (33% CS).

Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):

1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, 5-3)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, L-1, R, SB)
3. Wilson Contreras, DH #1: 1-3 (K, F-9, 2B)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-2 (2B, K, BB, R, RBI)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, 5-3, RBI)
6. Wilfredo Petit, C: 1-3 (L-4, 2B, 4-3)
7. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, L-7)
8. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-3 (6-3, F-9, 1-3)
9a. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 1-2 (1B, 4-3)
9b. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-1 (K)
10a. Brian Inoa, DH #3: 0-1 (4-3)
10b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (3-1)
11. Dong-Yub Kim, LF-DH: 0-2 (5-3, 6-3)

1. Rob Whitenack: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 60 pitches (44 strikes), 8/2 GO/FO
2. Arturo Maltos-Garcia: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 24 pitches (11 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 42 pitches (31 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Carlos Martinez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 9 pitches (7 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (throwing error on infield single allowed runner to score from 3rd)

Wilfredo Petit: 1-3 CS


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90’s


Scott Maine ends up being optioned with Blake Parker's call-up.

Phil Rogers ‏@ChiTribRogers
Meant to say, thanks to Arizona Phil from The Cub Reporter for the extended spring training updates. Recommended reading.

A sober thought from old Bourbon

at least the guy knows quality when he sees it...this time.

The team psychologist, Dr. Marc Strickland, was involved in the workouts wearing Cubs' sweats, observing Garza's throws from a few feet away with his arms crossed.

When asked if Garza'a throwing problem was "mental" on Wednesday, Sveum replied: "I'm not a psychologist."

Love it. "I don't want to answer the question 'is the problem mental?' so I'll answer a totally different question, instead."

Is his bunting problem mental? Hitting too?

So the Ricketts are getting involved in the wrong side of politics. Effing wonderful.

old news for the old man...this time he stepped in "it" up to his ankles, though.

soto late scratch (knee), welly in tonight.

Any idea what kind of injury it is (whether serious or not)? Cubs low on catching depth, though I think Clevenger is supposed to be back in a week or so.

Soto has left knee inflammation.

Supposed to be day to day.

Aren't we all.

Hah, you got that right.

Time for Volstad to go figure it out in Des Moines (sorry to be foisting him upon you, Mike Wellman). Unfortunately, not many starters with MLB experience throwing well down there--maybe bring Travis Wood back?

him or Casey Coleman.

Not watching the game - stuck with game day - Did Volstadt leave so early cuz he got shelled again? Or did he get hurt?

EDIT: Volstad. But he looks like a Volstadt.

mega-shelled. it was all downhill after the h.pence K in the 1st.

it was all walks, deep counts, and singles...but too many of all of them.

Too bad. I had some mild hope for the guy. He can go to the minors and join the other guy who we gave up a good pitcher for. Not that Z hadn't worn out his welcome. But the two can commiserate about the lousy return they've given TheoCorp so far.

he's got awesome stuff and isn't giving up the longball as much, but the hits are productive and the walks aren't helping things.

it's not getting any better so far this year. boo-hiss.

I'll be glad to see Volstad moved to long relief since he's been almost a sure loss for both the Marlins in '11 and Cubs in '12... I'm thinking Travis Wood has more upside than Coleman as a starter. Time to start shuffling the deck. I'm hoping that Blake Parker gets off to a good start, the bullpen could use a boost.

Blake Parker's wearing Koyie Hill's uniform number (55). Excellent, Probably adds 5mph to his fastball.

s.castro hits his 2nd homer.

The I-Cubs beat the Salt Lake City Bees, 7-5.

Seems like a nice outing for Travis Wood: 7IP, 2 Runs, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Manny Corpas gave up 3 runs in the 9th to make the game closer than it really was.

Rizzo with a 2 run HR (#14), avg at .359; BJax batting 6th had 3 hits including a triple and a HR (#4) although his avg is only .241. Josh Vitters also had a HR (#4).

8-7 phi/cubs...comeback in the 9th...ready for heartbreak.

heartbreak delivered...phi wins.


Is there any way you can update us on Javier Baez's stats thus far?

Thanks so much!

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  • take that giants

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  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

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  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

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    Call me lost.

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