Flash Flood Puts Damper on Festivities at Fitch Park

The Cubs and the A’s Split Squad #1 squared-off in AZ Instructional League action at Fitch Park Field #3 this afternoon, in a game that was halted due to a sudden, torrential rain storm after three innings, with the Cubs ahead 1-0. And it was a real gully-washer, too, as much of Mesa (including Fitch Park) was under water within minutes.

The Cubs scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the 1st inning. Logan Watkins lined a one-out double into the RF corner, advanced to 3rd base on a WP, and scored on a Josh Vitters sacrifice fly to the warning track in LF. (Vitters once again got the start at 1st base, and handled his one and only chance without incident).

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

NOTE: Game was suspended after three innings with Cubs ahead 1-0

1. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 3-U)
2. Logan Watkins, 2B: 1-1 (2B, R)
3. Josh Vitters, 1B: 0-0 (F-7 SF, RBI)
4. Justin Bour, DH #1: 0-1 (K)
5. Max Kwan, C: 0-1 (F-7)
6. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 1-1 (2B)
7. Reggie Golden, CF: 0-1 (K)
8. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-1 (K)
9. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-1 (K)
10. Willson Contreras, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)

1. Matt Loosen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 42 pitches (24 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO)
2. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (8 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO



ATTENDANCE: 16 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Overcast & VERY breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s


looks like a Type B free agent



- Dunn, LaRoche among some of the first basement they'll look after
- Wedge, Quade, Sandberg seem to be the top 3 manager options
- thinks Colvin to 1b is still an option and yet again pursuing a left-handed hitting right fielder
- They'll try desperately to move Fukudome

I have to say that I hope he just makes this stuff up, or takes it from sources who are so low level that they have no real impact or knowledge. Desperately try to trade Fukudome so they can bring in a left handed hitting right fielder?

Fukudome is fine ... he just needs to be "platooned" with a guy who's lights-out in the second half. Hell, the dude can probably just be released when he hits the wall again this June.

Fuku had a great August this year and his usual magnificent April. I think it's clear he can't handle the grind of a major league schedule. They should just let him stay home on most road trips except against Milwaukee, St. Louis and the White Sox.

that would be about 100 games a year....probably sit him against some tough lefties.

the 5th time is the charm

Is Burnitz available?

Also, I really hope we don't turn into the Astros. What's the point of getting a guy like Adam Laroche? Is he really going to put us over the top? I'd rather play all kids for a year and rebuild than go down that road.

Eric the Wedgie got an interview from Neal Huntington of the Pirates.


Huntington was the Tribe's asst. GM when Wedge was the Indians manager

...later moved to the Cleveland Indians, by whom he was employed for 10 seasons, serving first as the assistant director of Minor League operations before becoming director of player development (in 1998), assistant general manager (2002–2004), and finally special assistant to the general manager (2006–2007)


Marmol and Byrd seem to be distancing themselves for MVP

LouPa running away with LVP.

Looks like Bob Brenly might be headed to the Brewers: http://twitter.com/1250dougrussell/status/265...

Melvin claims he hasn't even interviewed anyone yet and flat out denies it.


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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.


    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • 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.