Golden to Kane County as Cubs Edge A's at Fitch Park

Shawon Dunston Jr and Brad Zapenas collected three hits a piece, Francisco Sanchez stroked a two-run single and a double, and Loiger Padron tossed three innings of one-hit shutout ball, as the Cubs edged the Athletics 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa, AZ

The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest so that all of the A's and Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, OF Reggie Golden has been promoted to Kane County. 

The Cubs 2010 2nd round draft pick out of Wetumpka, AL, Golden suffered two torn knee ligaments while running the bases as a member of the Peoria Chiefs in April 2012, and missed the balance of the 2012 season. He looked rusty at Minor League Camp this past March, and so he was left behind at Extended Spring Training to get into better playing shape. 

Golden was mired in a 1-22 slump through his first 11 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, but turned things around beginning on April 30th. He ended up hitting 250/384/400 in 24 Cactus League EXST games (73 PA), with four doubles, one triple, one HR & 12 RBI, 12/19 BB/K, and two SB (no CS), but he was especially hot over his last ten games (35 PA), hitting 400/486/533 with two doubles, a triple, and eight RBI over that span.   

Also, RHRP Larry Suarez has been moved-up to Daytona.

In five Cactus League EXST games (7.0 IP), Suarez allowed one run (earned) on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts (1.29 ERA & 1.00 WHIP). Suarez struggled to throw strikes in Minor League Camp, and was left behind at Extended Spring Training to build up arm strength and work on his mechanics.

Now 23, the 6'4 270 Suarez was signed as a 16-year old "bonus baby" out of Venezuela on July 2, 2006 (the first day of the 2006 International Signing Period). He has occasionally shown flashes of talent (he was the closer for a while at Peoria last season), but has mostly been a disapointment. He is eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent (AKA "six-year free-agent") post-2013 if he is not added to the Cubs 40-man roster or agrees to a 2014 minor league successor contract by the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2013 World Series.   

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

1. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH #1: 3-5 (1B, 3-U, 1B, K, 1B, R)
2a. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-3 (1B, K, K, R)
2b. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-2 (F-8, 4-6-3 DP)
3. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-4 (1B, K, F-9, 5-3)
4. Steve Clevenger, 1B-DH: 1-3 (BB, F-7, 1B, F-7)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-4 (L-8, 6-3, F-9, 6-3)
6. Brad Zapenas, 2B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
7. Jose Dore, LF: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, 2B, P-6, 4-1, R)
8. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, L-6, K)
9. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 2-4 (P-3, 1B, 2B, K, 2 RBI, PO)
10b. Xavier Batista, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)

1. Loiger Padron: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 41 pitches (23 strikes), 3/5 GO/FO
2. Alexander Santana: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 44 pitches (27 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
3. Matt Iannazzo: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 37 pitches (20 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Tyler Bremer: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Angel Mejias: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (11 strikes), 1/1 GO/GO

Alberto Mineo: 1-2 CS

LF Jose Dore - runner thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on two-out single


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's




"Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat
#Cubs Vizcaino underwent debridement on right elbow. Had some discomfort. Won't pick up a bb for 6 weeks. Ligaments are good"

Hopefully Theo will learn from the Jerry Angelo multiple mistakes of take broken players.

At least this one didn't die!

welly hits his 1st HR since april 8th (2nd overall)...cubs lead by 2 in the top 2nd.

rain delay....lame...

bottom 3rd, man on 1st, 1 out...ejax pitching well.

tb sends down odor...c.archer might get called up soon (maybe a stop-gap reliever until needed)

50ip 50h 23bb 52k 3.96era in 10 AAA starts on the season.

Dr. Lewis Yocum, a guy most of us feared hearing his name associated with any player, died this weekend.

he was the Angels team doc, but many players of many teams went to him to get a professional opinion or do their TJ surgery.

With the number two pick are the Cub's facing a kind of Seaver/Schmidt choice people imagined for the Prior/Teixeira draft?

I wouldn't pass up on Gray if Astros take Appel, but Bryant vs. Appel would be a tough decision.

Be better if Bryant was left handed hitter though.

regardless, Soler, Almora, Bryant outfield doesn't sound terrible

A rotation of Samardzija, Garza, Gray/Appel, Wood and Jackson wouldn't be too bad.

Garza's not coming back.

It is unlikely, but it depends on the offers they receive. I am beginning to lean towards keeping him as: (i) I don't expect a pile of prospects in return, (ii) I think the contract will be shorter, and (iii) you can't have enough front line starters.

my feeling is that Garza's asking price and Cubs idea of fair value for Garza are nowhere close or he would have signed last year.

after seeing Anibal Sanchez's contract, Garza would be wise to test the market...the only way I seem him staying is if draft pick compensation scares other team's away.

You are likely correct, and who they draft could be a big tell regarding Garza's fate.

Carrie Muskat‏@CarrieMuskat3m
#Cubs Fujikawa to undergo Tommy John surgery on right arm. Has not set day for surgery or picked doctor. He's done for the season

Vitters to Iowa DL as well, strained rib cage

paging Ian Stewart, if they can find you...


So when is Lim going to be ready again?
Who throws the hardest in the minors right now at AA or above? Tony Zych has not had a strong season as far as I can tell. How far away is he?

It's not like Fuji was pitching reliable ball. Still this is just one more contract to chalk up as Cubbery.

Can we assume that they will be able to collect on the insurance policy?

I thought that I had heard that the cost of the policies had increased so much that many teams don't get them anymore except in the most extreme cases. I don't have a link to back that up or anything though.

edit - here's a couple of links about baseball insurance if anyone is interested:

Fujikawa to have TJS according to rotowire.

Edit - Looks like I was a bit late on the post here.

That's what Jason Schmidt told me.

2/9.75 for 12 innings.

I have heard. By the way, have you guys checked out this new band: the Spin Doctors? Seems
ike a long career for them ahead...


Dude...Blind Melon is going to be bigger than Nirvana!!

Gin Blossoms ftw

Lol...the Gin Blossoms are playing at Ravinia this summer...yes, I'm going.

The Fujikawa thing is one of the reasons I don't like the idea of massive free agent contracts for pitchers. In his case, it seemed like a reasonable gamble, since for one thing it doesn't qualify as massive in today's market, but I'd be awfully careful about extending, say, Garza, or hitting up the free agent market for an ace. A Sherpamardza contract extension is really an interesting predicament. At times, this guy seems like he could be an extremely dominating pitcher, but as of yet he still hasn't justified a mega deal. It'll be interesting to see how Theocorp plays that one.

The Navarro game...

The kid is having a good day.

if you had D. Navarro on May 29th as the best individual Cubs performance of the year, you win!!!

i had fujikawa

~sad horn~

I probably spaced out and this is old news, but did Coello throw this pitch as a Cub?

a.burnett debut

1ip 1h 0bb 0k

Does anyone know of a website that tracks rookie service clocks?

QUICK!!! Trade him while the trade value is high. The clock is ticking ...

Cubs run differential back to +1. But record is still 21-30. =/

DBacks, @Angels, Pirates, Reds are next 4 opponents...wouldn't expect the record to improve much.

gets easier after that @Mets, @ Cardinals, vs. Astros, @ Brewers, @ Seattle before another tough stretch before the ASB (@ A's, vs Pirates, vs. Angels, vs. Cardinals)

barring some minor miracle comeback to .500, would expect the selling to start sometime after the break (can't begin soon enough for me, hopefully after the draft).

anyone have a list of 17-18 year old dominican players on contending teams to see what the pool of future cubs are going to be?

They should trade for Josh effing Sale

“Threw 50 cents at a stripper tonight. First time. Got kicked out and she got so pissed thought she was gonna cry. Your a stripper. Be thankful. Hoe.”

fwiw, Alex Colome gets the call for TB's SP rotation filler over C.Archer

I generally don't mind Dan Plesac most of the time, but last night he said Navarro was the first Cub to hit three HR since Merv Rettemund. And that idiot Greg Amsinger didn't even correct him.

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  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.