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 kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.