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 know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.

    With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.

    I'll take that omen instead...

  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat