Fitch Park Was Land of the Giants Today

Hector Mercedes roped a two-run triple to highlight a three-run 6th and Randy Ortiz tripled and singled, scored two runs, and stole a base, leading one squad of Giants to a 9-3 victory on Field #2, and Cristian Otero smacked a two-run triple, singled twice, and scored three runs, Alberto Robles drove-in two runs with an RBI double and an RBI single, and Ryan Jones doubled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, leading the other squad of Giants to a 9-2 victory on Field #3, as the Cubs were swept in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Garrett Schlecht (two-run triple and a walk), Jacob Rogers (solo HR), Shawon Dunston Jr (single, triple, and a run scored), and Jose Dore (RBI triple and a run scored) provided what Cub offense there was. 

Here are the box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


1. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-3 (6-3, K, 5-3)
2. Bryant Flete, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, 6-4 FC, 6-3, SB)
3. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 1-3 (4-3, K, 1B, R)
4. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, K)
5. Jose Dore, 1B: 1-3 (E-6, F-9, 3B, R, RBI)
6. Rashad Crawford, RF: 0-3 (E-6, K, 5-3, R)
7. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-2 (3B, 4-3, BB, 2 RBI)
8. Luis Acosta, 3B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, F-8)
9. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-2 (K, K)
10. Alberto Mineo, DH #2 1-2 (1B, 4-3)

1. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 21 pitches (17 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 44 pitches (22 strikes), 5/0 GO/FO 
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 39 pitches (27 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
4. David Cales: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (14 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO

1. 3B Luis Acosta - E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. 2B Bryant Flete - E-4 (dropped throw after 5-4 FC allowed runner at 3rd base to score unearned run)
3. 2B Bryant Flete - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Luis Acosta - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)

Wilfredo Petit: 0-1 CS, 1 PB 


1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-3 (5-3, 1B, 3B, R)
2. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-3 (1B, 2-3, 4-3)
3. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, 5-3)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, DH #2: 0-3 (6-4-3 DP, 5-3, K)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (K, L-6, K)
6. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 2-3 (HR, 1B, K, R, RBI)
7. Reggie Golden, LF: 0-2 (K, 5-4 FC, BB)
8. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, F-9)
9. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-2 (5-3, F-7)
10. Mark Malave, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)

1. Paul Blackburn: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 51 pitches (32 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO  
2. Tyler Bremer: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 46 pitches (31 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Daniel Adrian:  0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 31 pitches (17 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Adrian's inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his pre-planned max pitch limit

CF Shawon Dunston Jr - E-8 (three-base fielding error on line single allowed batter to circle the bases and score unearned run)

Neftali Rosario: 0-2 CS


WEATHER: Partly cloudy and VERY breezy with temperatures in the 70's 



Phil -- Jacob Rogers had a .913 OPS last year at Peoria (.300/.493/.420) last year and was .326/.462/.507 overall between the rookie league and Peoria. Any idea why he's back at Extended Spring Training instead of with one of the full season minor league clubs?

JOE P: Jacob Rogers plays mostly 1B & (occasionally) some 3B but no OF, so he is blocked at KC by Vogelbach, Shoulders, and Candelario, and by Geiger, Carhart, and Saunders at Daytona.

So as things stand right now, he is battling Jose Dore and maybe Xavier Batista for the 1B job at Boise.

DET@SEA with 40 combined Ks through 13...MLB record is 43 (7/9/1971 A's@Angels, 20 innings)

DET wins in 14, 2-1...40 Ks total.

guessing Ryan vs Hunter in that game.

Probably no game today either.

Can't lose if you don't play! They should fly the W flag.

In an interview with Mut & Merloni of WEEI,'s Buster Olney said that he sees the Cubs as the most likely team to trade for the Rays' David Price with the Cardinals also in the mix. In Olney's estimation, the Cards can blow everyone else out of the water if they decide to dip into their farm system to pull off a trade.

Isn't that the opposite of rebuilding?

Depends on whether you consider bold moves like those made this winter by Toronto and Kansas City to be one possible culmination of rebuilding or not.

Good call. The CULMINATION of rebuilding.
I don't think the Cubs are quite at that stage are they?

I can't imagine they are spending all this effort rebuilding the farm system only to spend them all on a guy who they'll have to give a horrible contract to. It's just some guy talking. Doesn't mean a thing. BS as in bullshit speculation.

Yeah, that's kind of my thought on it.

I would be astounded if that were to happen. They blew a big chance with Darvish. That was a head-scratcher. Of course with Ricketts debt, we REALLY don't know what the deal is.

My guess is they will finally draft a #1, bona-fide starter and sign Garza below market. Just don't think they will get the prospects they want.

Which means - Jackson can maybe work on the Mike Marshall new-team-every-year method.

Shierholtz and Castillo seem to be, almost officially, the whole fucking offense. Too bad they're not good enough to carry a team even when they're hot.

a little love for welly, yo.

4-4 today...hitting .425


I'd like to interrupt the breathless anticipation of the dawn of the Cody Ransom era to call attention to some pleasant news from the minor leagues:

West Tennessee is 7-6, with good performances from the outfield of Rubi Silva, Matt Szczur, and Jae-Hoon Ha. These guys all have shortcomings--Ha and Szczur don't hit home runs, and Silva doesn't walk, but it would be nice if a couple of them get to Iowa this year or next so Mike Wellman doesn't have to watch AAAA retreads in the outfield. Eric Jokisch, he of the most unfortunate name, is 2-0 and reliever Brian Schlitter hasn't given up a run yet. Feel free to invent future headlines involving these two gentlemen.

Daytona is also 7-6, having crushed Clearwater 13-2. Baez hit his third homer- his average is crappy but he's still hitting for power- and perhaps most impressive is the ELEVEN walks the D-Cubs drew to go with 12 hits. Outfielder John Andreoli, who I guess will battle DeVoss and Easterling for playing time when Soler returns, had three of them, bringing him to 12 for the year in 13 games to go with a .348 BA in the early going. Last year he walked 75 times and stole 55 bases. He's a 22-year-old drafted out of college, but maybe he'll be the answer to the question many of us had: "What would Campana be like if he ever drew a walk?" He's not little, but as a fast white outfielder who doesn't hit homers, he's a candidate for the future Scr***y Cub du jour. Don't remember what AZ Phil has said about him. Yao-Lin Wang and Austin Kirk have pitched well in just a few innings.

Kane County plays in the Rain and Snow League, so I guess we'll have to wait for good news from them.

Hey nice! Another Al Yellon deserter. :)

Wasn't sure what you meant, E, especially since I never visit Yellon's site, so I went over there to look. Whoops. So what's the equivalent of 3/34 for when another Cub site said pretty much the same thing? 1.5/17?

Haha - just kidding Old Style guy. Its "3/44" - Jason Schmidt - who is also most similar in stats to...

Big Z

So I was walking out of work and I realized "D'oh! It's 3/44, not 34!" Sigh. Darn job, distracting me from my Cubs websites...

Hah. Just WHAT are your priorities, sir?


"West Tennessee is 7-6."

Not to quibble, but the home of the Tennessee Smokies--Sevierville, or more broadly, Knoxville--is about five hours east on route 40 of where Murton and Pie and all the other West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (rebranded the Jackson Generals) used to play.

Two walks for Castro and a Rizzo HR. good day so far.

triple, wild pitch, walk, homer, homer, ground out...bye ogando

That's b/c they are awaiting the rain cancelling?

That Rizzo bomb was massive.

475 ft longest in mlb this year

Tony Four Sacks- # 4

What, he's Italian/American Indian?

taka reassigned to AAA.

Because Hisanori Takahashi has Article XX-D status, he has eight days from when he was first notified by the Cubs that they intended to outright him to the minors (probably either Monday when he was placed on Outright Waivers, or Wednesday when he was actually outrighted) to decide whether to accept the Outright Assignment or elect free-agency. (Takahashi is an Article XX-D player and has the right to elect free-agency because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time).  

If Takahashi accepts the Outright Assignment, his contract remains in force and he can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season up through October 15th (UNLESS he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season, in which case he would not have to right to elect free-agency after the season).  

If Takahashi elects free-agency immediately (within the eight day period), his contract is terminated and he receives no termination pay.

Same goes for Brent Lillibridge if he is not claimed off waivers and is outrighted to the minors. (Lillibridge qualifies for Article XX-D status two ways, because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, and also because he was outrighted previously in his career).  

Because players generally don't want to take the chance that they won't get more money or even the same salary on the open market once they become a free-agent (after all, no other club was interested enough to claim the player off waivers before the player was outrighted), most Article XX-D players who are outrighted during the season accept the Outright Assignment and defer free-agency until the end of the season. But despite the financial risk, every now & then a player just wants out and elects free-agency immediately.   

marmol had control + filthy slider today.

2 strikeouts, first one was a 3-pitch K.

Sure. 4-run lead on GetAway Day. Sounds about right.

Props to Charlie Newtown for another strong outing. I might learn to really like this guy.

Bears schedule

  1. vs. Bengals
  2. vs. Vikings
  3. @ Steelers (Sunday Night)
  4. @ Lions
  5. vs. Saints
  6. vs. Giants (Thursday)
  7. @ Redskins
  8. Bye
  9. @ Packers (Monday Night)
  10. vs. Lions
  11. vs. Ravens
  12. @ Rams
  13. @ Vikings
  14. vs. Cowboys (Monday Night)
  15. @ Browns
  16. @ Eagles
  17. vs. Packers


Paul Sullivan‏@PWSullivan
Hayden Simpson, Cubs' first round pick in 2010, signs with Southern Illinois of Frontier League.

Jon Heyman‏@JonHeymanCBS
#cubs acquire julio borbon

Waiver claim. No other roster move anounced yet.

"Cubs designated INF Alberto Gonzalez for assignment."

I don't know how to search comments, but I called that shit. Bam.

i'm still waiting for my parade for dumpster/TEX... :[


...shame he got a "meh" return, though.

Future third baseman

"Matt Garza (lat) will make his first rehab start next Wednesday with Double-A Tennessee."

A-ball start today scratched because of poor field conditions.

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    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • 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

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    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.