Cubs Pitchers Almost But Not Too Wild About Diablo Park

Yaniel Cabezas drove-in four runs and five pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter, as a split squad of EXST Cubs thumped the EXST Angels 13-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Diablo Park in Tempe this morning.

Meanwhile, the other squad of EXST Cubs was defeated by the EXST Rockies 13-8 at Fitch Park Field #3, despite a three-run HR by Blair Springfield.

Although I am able to watch and score two games played simultaneously on adjacent fields, I have not yet mastered the art of being at two games played simultaneously ten miles apart (although I am working on it), so I will only be able to provide the recap from the Cubs-Angels game played at Diablo Park…

Bats were silent and the team looked dead, as the Cubs trailed 3-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the 5th. But then Kyung-Min Na blooped a single over the second-baseman’s head, Dustin Geiger reached base on an infield single (dribbler down the 3rd base line), and Yaniel Cabezas hammered an opposite-field RBI single through the 3.5 hole and into RF, scoring Na with the Cubs first run. Hector Suarez followed with a two-run triple off the left-centerfield fence to score Geiger and Cabezas, and Gregori Gonzalez finished the inning’s scoring, clubbing an RBI double down the LF line to plate Suarez, as the Cubs took a 4-3 lead.

Still up 4-3, the Cubs scored five times in the top of the 7th as Dustin Harrington lined a lead-off single to LF, Kyung-Min Na was hit by a pitch, and Dustin Geiger lined an RBI single to RF to score Harrington, and send the speedy Na to 3rd. Yaniel Cabezas tripled over the centerfielder’s head to knock-in Na and Geiger, and then Cabezas scored on a Hector Suarez F-8 SF. But the Cubs were not finished. Gregori Gonzalez singled, advanced to 2nd base on a ground out, and scored on a two-out two-base throwing error by the Angels SS, giving the Cubs a 9-3 lead.

Now up 9-5, the Cubs put the game away with three more runs in the top of the 8th. Reggie Golden, Dustin Harrington, and Kyung-Min Na all singled to load the bases with no outs, and then Golden scored (and the other two runners moved up a base) on a wild pitch. Dustin Geiger bounced a single to left to score Harrington and move Na to 3rd, and then Na scored on a FC.

The Cubs scored one last run in the top of the 9th, once again loading the bases to start the inning (consecutive singles by Jose Valdez, Wes Darvill, and Jesus Morelli). After Reggie Golden struck out (swinging and grunting), Dustin Harrington lofted a sacrifice fly to CF to score Valdez with the Cubs 13th and final run.

While the Cubs pitchers allowed only three hits, they did walk nine (three scored), hit a batter, and threw two wild pitches. Also, the Angels stole seven bases (no CS), and the Cubs infield defense was not exactly air-tight, committing three throwing errors (two by 2B Gregori Gonzalez and one by SS Wes Darvill) that led to two unearned runs scoring. (Although he made a costly throwing error that resulted in an unearned run scoring, shortstop Darvill also made two outstanding stops & throws that saved at least two runs).

Here is today’s abridged box score from the game played at Diablo Park (Cubs players only):

1. Jose Valdez, CF-DH: 1-5 (4-3, F-9, 6-3, 3-U, 1B, R)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-5 (6-3, 4-3, K, E-6, 1B)
3. Jesus Morelli, LF: 1-5 (K, F-9, F-9, F-8, 1B)
4. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-4 (BB, K, 4-3, 1B, K, R)
5. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-4 (F-9, K, 1B, 1B, F-8 SF, 2 R, RBI, SB)
6. Kyung-Min Na, DH-CF: 2-4 (6-3 DP, 1B, HBP, 1B, 4-3, 3 R)
7. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 3-4 (F-9, 1B, 1B, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
8. Yaniel Cabezas, C-DH: 2-4 (F-7, 1B, 3B, 4-6 FC, 2 R, 4 RBI)
9. Hector Suarez, DH-C: 2-3 (1B, 3B, F-8 SF, K, R, 3 RBI)
10. Gregori Gonzalez, 2B: 2-4 (6-4 FC, 2B, 1B, 6-4 FC, R, RBI)

1. Joe Zeller: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 45 pitches (22 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
2. Hunter Ackerman: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 48 pitches (25 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
3. Rafael Diplan: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 25 pitches (12 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Willengton Cruz: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 29 pitches (17 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
5. Starling Peralta: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 16 pitches (9 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO

1. 2B Gregori Gonzalez E4 – throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run
2. 2B Gregori Gonzalez E4 – throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely
3. SS Wes Darvill E6 – throwing error attempting 6-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely and unearned run to score

1. Yaniel Cabezas: 0-5 CS
2. Hector Suarez: 0-2 CS

ATTENDANCE: 1 (that would be me)

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80’s 


Hello AZ PHIL and thanks for the report. I am glad you did not have to struggle for seats today.

I am curious, since you have seen Doug Davis in his "stretch-out" time - do you believe he has enough left in the tank to be a useful (I did not use the word effective 5th/6th/spot starter or long relief man? Anything better than what the youngsters can deliver?

Jay Jackson starting tonight in Iowa. 'Nuff said.

5 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 H and 69 pitches

T. McNutt first outing since his blister

4 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB

fwiw, Archer's had a rough start...Wed night line

4 IP, 10 H (1 HR, 3 2B), 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

ERA at 6.39

let's look at all the pieces

lines through Wed with Thurs game in parenthesis
Chirinos 128/209/128 (2/3 1 R playing DH)
Guyer 321/379/528 (1/4 1 R, 1 2B playing RF)
Archer 6.39 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12 K, 6 BB, 21 H
Lee 400/500/800 2 SB in 20 PA's (2/5 1 R, 1 RBI playing SS)
Fuld 344/379/525 7/10 SB (2/5 2 RBI)

f.perez AAA batting .237 with a .420 ob%...4sb 1cs

Well obviously Fuld was the best player in the deal.

Archer's line isn't very typical for him, 3 GO/2 FO's - I wonder if the Rays are tinkering.

Submitted by The E-Man on Thu, 04/21/2011 - 5:44pm.

Hello AZ PHIL and thanks for the report. I am glad you did not have to struggle for seats today.

I am curious, since you have seen Doug Davis in his "stretch-out" time - do you believe he has enough left in the tank to be a useful (I did not use the word effective 5th/6th/spot starter or long relief man? Anything better than what the youngsters can deliver?


E-MAN: I think he can probably be a starting pitcher, but I don't know how effective he would be at the MLB level. He never was a hard thrower, and if you put him between a couple of right-handers who throw hard, he might give hitters a different enough look to get some outs.

I'm expecting to get used to hearing about Diplan, Cruz, and Peralta. Nice to hear Cabezas hit well.

what the Rockies stress to their pitchers now

chart in there says Cubs have 2nd most 200+ innings by pitchers since 1993 with 29 behind Braves who have had 40. Naming the 29 would be a good sporcle quiz.

Though I get why he used 1993, it probably would have made a bit more sense to use 1996 or whenever the humidor started.

If I see one more retard say "the big outfield is tough on pitchers" I may finish going nuts. It's the thin air that makes the balls drop faster that is tough on pitchers, simpleton. Why would a big outfield be good for pitchers in every other city in MLB except Denver? Do these guys see a game and say "Oh, that ball is over the outfielder's head and it's going all the way to the wall for a triple! It would have been better if it went into the bleachers for a home run."?

The radar doesn't look pretty.

After an incredible spring for us in 2010, this year is the worst.

Iirc, there was not one cancelled or postponed game in 2010.

Opening day was 70!


#Cubs have tied MLB record for consecutive stops at the .500 mark to start a year, going 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 so far.

The Chicago Cubs are taking project .500 very seriously. :)

And also, they're really taking Project .500 to heart.

Muskat says game will be delayed but should get it in...

Fun with numbers:

Cubs have posted .351BA & .395OBP leading off innings, best in majors, but are tied at 19th in MLB w/avg 4.11 runs/game.

It's rained...
all day and all of the night

Any info on when the game may start?

twitter is silent.

The radar looks like the storm should be out of there right about now. I would think they'll be starting soon...

Gracias x 2 gents.

"around 2:30" (central) according to len.

1. Now that Barry Zito has made his first career trip to the disabled list, the only current starting pitchers who have appeared in 10 seasons or more without ever visiting the DL, according to Elias, are Livan Hernandez, Derek Lowe, Mark Buehrle, Bronson Arroyo and Javier Vazquez. So who's the only full-time reliever? Would you believe Dan Wheeler?

hi from Antalya, Turkey!

Tom Skilling on wgn radio said they are planning on starting the game at 2:30 pm

Gotta love internet radio apps

Sounds neat - don't walk into any dodgie areas with your Cubs gear on, please.

Nelson Perez was off to a great start with Daytona but hasn't played for a while. Does anyone know what happened to him?

BA says he went on the DL

looks like an oblique strain

Game started, in second inning.

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6 runs in the 3rd for LA...this game is dildos.

coleman doesn't make it out of the 3rd (gets 2 outs)...puke.

Another Casey Coleman special. I feel sorry for the chumps sitting in the stands who waited out the rain for this.

well like the Cubs, I'm taking off early.

Happy Easter everyone!

Happy Easter.

speaking of sacrifice...

Jeff Stevens ERA everyone

Around 174 pitches by the Cubs through 6 innings.

90 pitches out of a short reliever? It was pitiful watching Stevens try to wish a foul ball on pitch 84 back into the field of play.

Quade, jay jackson and $2 million to the Phillies for Sandberg?

This is typical MLB bullshit not calling this game - and this month has to be pretty dismal for Ricketts. Without chumps like me buying season tickets, the guy would be losing his ass on the Project .500 team.

It is pretty sad when the Cubs have to throw out rookie pitchers with a couple pitches each, no velocity and no "out" pitches, as #4 and #5 starters, for the fans.

I'd rather see Doug Davis, or Welly. And, of course, I'd rather see Carlos Pena hit the ball for power and fundamental baseball. But that is too much.

Bad Friday.

Bottom of 9th, Cubs down 12-2, 40 degrees, rain.... to all you fans still at the game: You rock. Or are incredibly stupid.

My only thought was that they were so shit-faced they couldn't feel it, or they were friends and family members there to see the last time Jeff Stevens threw a ball in anger.

haha. maybe

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  • 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.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.

  • I meant December.