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):


LINEUP:
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)


PITCHERS:
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


ERRORS: 3
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


CATCHERS DEFENSE
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 

Comments

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?

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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.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers...

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!

Kosuke9/Barney4/Castro6/ARam5/Pena3/Byrd8/Soriano7/Soto2/Coleman1

#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?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?c...

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

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects...

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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  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base).

    Arizona Phil 36 sec ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 33 min 16 sec ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 6 hours 57 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 10 hours 6 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 23 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 18 hours 57 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 19 hours 28 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 19 hours 50 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 20 hours 22 min ago view