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)

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS:
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)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
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)

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

ATTENDANCE: 7

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

Comments

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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  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 26 min 51 sec ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 4 hours 42 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 24 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 29 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 34 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 46 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 1 day 57 min ago view