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.

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

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

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!

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.

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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.

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?

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