Rogers Righteous Rip & Long Dong Dinger Lead Cubs to Victory at Fitch Park

Jacob Rogers blasted a three-run home run over the right-centerfield fence to put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 1st inning, Dong-Yub Kim belted a solo HR over the LF fence and off the roof of a house on the north side of 8th Street, singled, and walked, and Shawon Dunston Jr laced an RBI triple, singled, and scored two runs, leading the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa, AZ.  

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

1a. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-3 (1B, K, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
1b. Kevin Encarnacion, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
2. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, F-9 SF, 1B, K, R, RBI, PO)
3a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-4 (F-8, K, 1B, K)
3b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-3 (HR, L-8, 1-3, R, 3 RBI)
4b. Mark Malave, PH-1B: 1-1 (1B)
4c. Alberto Mineo, PH: 0-1 (P-6)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-4 (K, P-3, E-5, K, R)
6. Carlos Penalver, SS-DH: 0-4 (F-8, L-6, 6-3, K)
7a. Justin Marra, DH: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, 6-3, R, RBI)
7b. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 0-1 (K)
8. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 2-3 (1B, HR, P-6, BB, R, RBI)
9a. Lance Rymel, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, P-2, R, RBI)
9b. Rony Rodriguez, C: 0-1 (F-7)

1. Paul Blackburn: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 40 pitches (27 strikes), 7/1 GO/FO
2. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches (17 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 40 pitches (22 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Dayan Diaz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 9 pitches (8 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
5. Jeff Lorick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (11 strikes)

1. CF Shawon Dunston Jr - E-8 (two-base fielding error on line-drive single allowed batter to reach 3rd base safely)
2. C Rony Rodriguez - E-2 (two-base throwing error on infield single allowed batter to reach 3rd base safely)

1. Lance Rymel: 1-1 CS
2. Rony Rodriguez: 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's


AZ Phil wins the Daily Double for successfully working two player references into the Headline Wordplay Bingo competition.

i can't wait til reggie golden showers hits all over the field.

In related news, I think I love Anthony Rizzo.

Phil- Is vizcaino doing anything as of yet?

Also, is it safe to assume pitching is the strength of what is left in Mesa? I could be wrong but it seems like the offense has ranged from inconsistent to nonexistent.

Thanks as always!

KREH23: I personally have not seen Arodys Vizcaino since February. Because he's on the MLB club's 40-man roster (and MLB 60-day DL), he isn't required to do the drills that the minor league rehabbers do every day, so he is probably at Fitch Park but doing his rehab work independently. Likewise Scott Baker.     

The 2013 EXST Cubs are more pitching-heavy than in years-past, and the offense sputters a lot, especially when compared to the 2012 version that featured the likes of Javier Baez, Jeimer Candelario, Dan Vogelbach, Gioskar Amaya, Willson Contreras, et al.

I think as of right now, the likely AZL Cubs and Boise starting rotations should be very interesting (probably Leal, Santana, Torrez, C. Rodriguez, and Mejias at AZL Cubs, and Conway, Maples, Blackburn, Underwood, and McNeil at Boise), although Josh Conway's recent injury is a big concern (it didn't look good), as is Ryan McNeil getting shut down a couple of weeks ago (although he supposedly will be active again soon). 

If Conway is shut-down for a lengthy period of time, expect Trey Lang (who is stretched-out as a starter) to take his spot in the Boise proto-rotation (which probably would have happened anyway since Conway was apparently destined for either Kane County or Daytona). It was pretty obvious that Conway was on the "fast-track" at EXST (at least until last Saturday).

Hey AZ PHIL: Thanks for the update. OF the above pitchers you reference, any of them throw serious heat - 95+?

I understand TheorCorp is putting an emphasis on this.

E-MAN: The hardest throwers among the projected AZL Cubs and Boise starters (Maples, Underwood, and Lang) have fastballs that generally top-out at 94 MPH (although Maples and Underwood were clocked at 96-98 in HS), but all three have command issues.    

The pitcher at EXST who can really dial it up is 21-year old Dominican RJP Juan Francisco, but he has no secondary pitches and virtually zero command.

Looks like the hitting is starting to come around. Good to see Golden finally starting to hit. Dunston is looking really good and improved.

BOB: The attendance has really taken a hit since you left.

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    "Comment From Wrenzie
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    Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

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