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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  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

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  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

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    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

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    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

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