Cubs Youngsters Face Freddy Sanchez Again at Extended Spring Training

Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits and scored a run, Rafael Disla reached base twice and scored two runs, and Sergio Burruel drove-in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a double, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough offense as one squad of EXST Giants defeated one squad of EXST Cubs 6-3 on Field #1, while over on Field #2, the other squad of EXST Cubs managed only one run on two hits against the other squad of EXST Giants in a game that finished in a 1-1 tie, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played at Indian School Park in Scottsdale this morning. Both games were stopped after seven innings, and the games were played simultaneously.

San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (knee and shoulder surgeries) continued his minor league rehab assignment with the EXST Giants, playing 2B and batting in five of the seven innings in the game on Field #2. Peoria RHP Marcus Hatley, getting into his first game action since undergoing Tommy John Surgery last September, struck out Sanchez (swinging) on a 2-2 pitch with runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs in the bottom of the 1st. Sanchez then ripped a single off LHP John Mincone with one out in the bottom of the 2nd (but was erased on an inning-ending 5-4-3 DP) and reached base again against Mincone on an E-4 (should have been a 4-6-3 DP) in the bottom of the 4th. Sanchez struck out (swinging) against RHP Jadel Mendez with one out and the bases empty in the bottom of the 6th, and grounded out 6-3 in his final AB against RHP Yohan Gonzalez with one out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 7th. So for the day, Sanchez went 1-5, with a single and two strikeouts.

Iowa Cubs 1B-OF Jason Dubois (placed on the I-Cubs 7-day DL with back spasms a couple of weeks ago) got a rehab start (as a DH) with the Cubs squad on Field #2, batting 3rd in both the top of the 1st and top of the 2nd. He struck out swinging in the 1st, and grounded out to shortstop (RBI) in the top of the 2nd. He then left the game and returned to Fitch Park. I don’t know if the plan was for him to get only two ABs and then go back to Mesa (which would be unusual), or if he maybe was pulled from the game because he did not feel he could continue. But his swing did look a bit stiff in the early-morning pre-game BP session at Fitch Park before the team traveled to Scottsdale.


1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, P-6, 1-3, R)
2. Rafael Disla, SS: 1-1 (5-3 SH, 1B, BB, 2 R)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-2 (F-9 SF, 2B, E-9, 2 RBI)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, 5-3, K)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 0-3 (4-3, L-9, K)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, P-5)
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 1-2 (HBP, 1B, F-9)
8. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, 6-4-3 GIDP, 1-3)
9. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-3 (4-3, F-9, K)

1. Hector Mayora – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Luis Liria – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 48 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Jose Rosario – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 4/2 GO/FO, 37 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (17 strikes)

1. 2B Arismendy Alcantara E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – eventually scored unearned run)
2. 2B Arismendy Alcantara E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
3. P Luis Liria E-1 (errant pick-off throw at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)

Sergio Burruel: 1-3 CS, 1 PB, 1 PO (at 1st base)


NOTE: DH Jason Dubois batted 3rd in both the 1st and 2nd innings, and then left the game

X. Jason Dubois, DH #1: 0-2 (K, 6-3, RBI)
1. Runey Davis, CF: 0-3 (F-9, 3-U, K)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH #2: 0-2 (F-9, BB, F-8)
3a. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-1 (BB, 2B, R)
4a. Brandon May, 3B: 0-1 (L-4, HBP)
4b. Carlos Romero, PR-1B: 0-1 (K)
5. Bobby Wagner, 1B-3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
6. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
7. Luis Flores: 0-2 (BB, F-9, F-7)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (P-4, E-5, 5-3)
9. Cody Shields, LF: 0-3 (E-6, K, 6-3)

1. Marcus Hatley – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
2. John Mincone – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 5/2 GO/FO, 42 pitches (29 strikes)
3. Jadel Mendez - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Yohan Gonzalez - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)

ERROR (1):
2B Vismeldy Bieneme E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base and runner at 1st base to advance to 3rd base – eventually resulted in unearned run)

Luis Flores: 1 PB


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70’s


why the hell is nady, his .180 average, and 1hr hitting 4th? our 3/4/5 hitters are hitting below .200 combined and the 4/5 hitters are around the .175 mark. we got 2 .320+ average hitters in the 6/7 slots...1 with 7hr and the other with 4hr.

I hear what you're saying, but Nady has only had 39 at-bats this year. Lee and Ramirez can't seem to get it going. Maybe Nady can.

i could live with aram or nady hitting 5th and dlee hitting 3rd, but stringing 3 guys hitting like this in a row...ugg.

Did you think it was weird/stupid to rest Soriano and Soto both yesterday? The Cubs are having trouble scoring runs and Lou rests them both. I know they both need rest from time to time, but they are both hitting well right now. Rest one at a time if you're going to rest them. That didn't seem right to me.

it's a weird one...not tragic, but who knows what was up. they don't seem to be unhealthy right now. i'd like to see soriano moved up in the least in aram's 5-slot. soto's been looking good, himself.

Maybe Soriano can lead off... ~ducks~

evidently he can hit anywhere but where power hitters should hit...or at least that's how he's played for some f'n reason.

Lou put him 6th last year to break up the RH power, and said he was going to leave him there. He tried him 5th one game, and he looked like crap. I am not sure how many of Lou's daughters Soto knocked up, but he maybe shouldn't have given them herpes while he was at it.

Lou must believe that moving those guys up in the lineup could screw them up at the plate. That's the only thing that makes any sense to me, even if I don't agree with the reasoning.

Xavier Nada batting 4th. Lou will move Sori up when he's good and cold.

has really picked up with this Castro addition. Jim Hendry::Baseball Genius

Castro's defense policy makes us weak in the eyes of the world. An economy cannot flourish with this type of redistribution of baserunners.

3 error game, last one he fumbles and forgets to go after the ball and lets runner take 2b...

I'll repeat...get Castro out of that house!

He actually checked the runner, but then jogged slowly after it, which is when Ramirez presumably took off. Luckily his roommate picked him up.

if this shit continues much longer.... (grumble, kicks dirt)

Don't ever let the Ricketts invest your money for you. "Year 1....of the Lost Decade" And, yes, Starlin, it's always this cold in May in Chicago.

Did Ross really steal home?

Double steal with runner at first drawing pick off throw. Smart play.

Lilly picked off the guy at first base, Ross took off for home and made it. He was already creeping down the line before Lilly even made the move.

Gutless!! Two questions to lou about talking to castro and lilly's arm!! THATS IT!?! After that piece of shit road trip. Turn in your press passes. How about- Why the fuck do you bat Xavier Nada 4th? Why can't Z pitch two days in a row?? How many weeks after Soriano cools off will you move him up in a struggling line up? Why do you hate Tyler Colvin? They are afraid of beer belly geriatric. He may glare and raise his voice at us. Pussies!

fwiw, he said Z was probably ready for 2 days in a row a couple of days ago...

Never a good sign: bringing in your closer when you are down 2 runs. The Kerry Wood era was fun -- 4 playoff appearances in 11 years (if I have my math right) and a lot of hope and excitement at Wrigley. His arrival signaled a new day for the Cubs, and his departure seems to have signaled a return to mediocrity (and lots of empty seats in September).

Here we go with the Castro hate. Sometimes I think Cubs fans are the most ignorant fans to walk this planet. The dude has probably never played before a crowd much bigger than AZ Phil's EXT games. Jesuz fucking christ give it a rest and just enjoy the little bastard.

"Jesuz fucking christ give it a rest and just enjoy the little bastard" Well I was in a bad mood, now I'm going to take this saying put it on a shirt and start selling it on clark and addison tomorrow.

it's a lot better than "we got wood" imo...

Ya, but I can deal with you being a little bitch cuz about 70% of your comments are fucking damn funny.

Interestingly enough: "Jesuz fucking christ give it a rest and just enjoy the little bastard" Was exactly what I said the first time I got laid.

he's a better fielder than the guy that showed up today, but so far in his career he's never shown consitancy with his D. his bat and D are both advanced for his age, but it doesn't mean they have to rush it before it's ready. even if he does fumble his way back into the minors he'll at least have worked with alan trammel again for the first time since spring. least. meh.

And I say fuck it. Let him play. We all said at the beginning of the season this team was gonna kinda suck. The kid said he wasn't nervous in the first game, but there were what? 12 people in the stands? This kid impresses the fuck out of me at the plate. Not so much yet in the field but the scouts say he's good and I trust them over, say, us.


"Well, what do you want me to do?" "Go ask the players."


It doesn't get better as a boss than publicly passing the buck and downplaying your own role in the face of failure.

he'll blame Hendry next for not getting him the players he asked for...

I still haven't figured out why Lou keeps playing Soriano. He was supposed to be done, finished, career over, unable to hit breaking balls (despite doing it his whole career). Best hitter on the TEAM. .340 BA, 18 X-Base Hits in 103 AB's, 17 runs, 7 HR, 20 RBI. Looks like his defense is getting better than it was earlier in the year. I think I have a little theory on that. The guy played on practically one leg last year and was probably a little gun shy running in the OF, he spent most of last year babying it to try and help his team. Some people will say that was selfish, i say it was gutsy. Its a hell of a lot easier and less painful to pack it up and go on the DL. I would rather have a guy wanting to play than a guy not wanting to play (ohh yeah i am looking at you Milton). Injured, healthy, it doesn't matter Soriano will play for you no matter what. I can respect that.

Injured, healthy, it doesn't matter Soriano will play for you no matter what. I can respect that. Even when he hurts the team by doing it? He was awful last year--the Cubs would've been better off with him on the DL getting healthy. On the other hand, I can concede that Soriano has looked very good at the plate lately. His swing has gotten a lot quieter. Here's to hoping it's a full-time return to form.

The choice was Soriano or Bobby Scales for LF, lol......i think we did the best we could, what with Bradley being a total waste from RF. Soriano on one leg still > than a healthy Milton.

so, in summation... milton, milton, milton, milton, milton, and milton. also milton. i detected a bit of milton in there, too.

Soriano on one leg still > than a healthy Milton. no matter how often you repeat this, it doesn't make it true..

Fine. Soriano on one leg=healthy Milton.

He meant Milton Berle.

If the rumors are true, that would have been Milton on three legs.


Hoffpauir, Jake Fox, Sam Fuld, Brad Snyder (early in the year). Just because Lou went with Scales doesn't mean he was the only option. In addition, if Soriano admits he's hurt and goes to the DL, maybe he gets better, comes back after a month or two, and hits like the Soriano we see now. I'm not saying his choice was selfish or malicious, I'm just saying, in retrospect, it hurt the Cubs. Both he and the team would've been better off if he'd made a DL trip, even if that DL trip would've lasted all year.

What does Bradley have to do with any of this? Nobody else here seems interested in talking about him anymore.

There's only one person I care to discuss...his name rhymes with Farnsworth. Everything else is a waste of a keystroke. What's the Farns up to anyway?

Nobody's been able to pull him off of Paul Wilson yet, so he's still getting his knuckles bloody.

"Nobody's been able to pull him off of Paul Wilson yet..." So he's giving him the Soriano treatment?

I admire your ability to pull together multiple threads. Kudos.

did he break that one out again?

I think Lilly is Cubs best trade chip so the better he does the more we could get in a return. I also think Lilly has been nothing but class since he has been here and resigning him i would be all for. The question will be if Hendry will be a seller,if this shit continues?

Hendry's going to be a scout for the Tigers if this shit continues.

Personally, I think McFail would gobble him up in a heartbeat. McFail desperately needs to refresh his list of Cubs' failures. He's operating on one from about 4 years ago....