Cubs Use Their Cabezas to Beat Kazmir

Yaniel Cabezas singled twice, doubled, scored two runs, and threw out two opposing base-stealers, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hitter, as a split squad of EXST Cubs edged the EXST Angels 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #2 in Mesa this morning.

The game was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and Angels pitchers to get their scheduled work.

Cubs pitchers Austin Reed and Luis Liria combined to throw six no-run, no hit innings to get things started, retiring 18 of the first 19 men they faced. When Reed is good (that is, when he throws strikes), he is VERY good, and Liria should probably be at Peoria.

It seems to help the younger pitchers when experienced catchers like Chad Noble (played four years of Big Ten baseball at Northwestern) and Yaniel Cabezas (catcher for Cuban Junior National Team) are behind the plate.

Meanwhile, the Cubs were facing MLB LHP Scott Kazmir (15-day DL – back) for the second time in a week, in what was probably his final Extended Spring Training rehab outing. Kazmir threw 5.1 IP (75 pitches), allowing one run (earned) on three hits, a walk, and two HBP, with two strikeouts and a 7/6 GO/FO.

The Cubs scored their only run off Kazmir in the bottom of the second. Yaniel Cabezas led-off with a single, Jose Valdez was hit by a pitch, and Dustin Harrington singled sharply to CF to load the bases with no outs. Pin-Chieh Chen then grounded into a 4-6 FC that scored Cabezas from 3rd.

The Cubs scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the 6th (after Kazmir had left the game). Cabezas doubled to RF with one out, moved-up to 3rd base on a ground out, and scored on a Dustin Harrington RBI single.

While one squad of EXST Cubs played the Angels at Fitch Park, the other squad traveled to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort to play the EXST Rockies. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a report on the EXST Cubs road game, since the two games were played simultaneously ten miles apart. (To get enough innings for all of the pitchers at Extended Spring Training, the Cubs are scheduling EXST split squad road game/home game dates several times this Spring).

Here is today’s abridged box score for the game at Fitch Park (Cubs players only):

1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-5 (1-U, 6-3, 6-3, 3-U, E-4)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (E-1, BB, 4-3, L-7, 1B)
3a. Chad Noble, C: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, K)
3b. Reggie Golden, PH: 0-0 (HBP)
4a. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-4 (L-8, 1B, K, 6-4 FC)
5. Yaniel Cabezas, DH-C: 3-5 (1B, L-9, 2B, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R)
6. Jose Valdez, LF: 0-3 (HBP, F-9, 4-3, K)
7. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-3 (1B, HBP, 1B, F-9, RBI)
8. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-4 (4-6 FC, 6-4 FC, 4-3, K, RBI, CS)
9. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-4 (P-5, 6-3, 3-1, 6-3)

1. Austin Reed: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 5/2 GO/FO
2. Luis Liria: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 37 pitches (23 strikes), 0/5 GO/FO
3. Amaury Paulino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (17 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Willengton Cruz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 32 pitches (19 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO


Yaniel Cabezas: 2-2 CS

RF Jesus Morelli threw out runner 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s



Thanks for these daily reports. I always enjoy reading them.

why the plummet in attendance from 17 to 6? from your description, couldn't be the weather...

The ice cream man probably drew away half the crowd :)

It's the economy.

Submitted by Mike Wellman on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 2:20pm.
why the plummet in attendance from 17 to 6? from your description, couldn't be the weather


MIKE W: It was an early start time (9 AM local).

was wellemeyer that big a draw the other day? speaking of whom, your estimate of the chances that he [or jackson] supplants russell as soon as next monday...

Submitted by Mike Wellman on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 2:23pm.
was wellemeyer that big a draw the other day? speaking of whom, your estimate of the chances that he [or jackson] supplants russell as soon as next monday...


MIKE W: I don't think Wellemeyer is stretched-out enough yet to be a starter, although he could probably work out of the bullpen today (the Cubs being in town and all) if the Cubs wanted him to do that.

or davis?

Or Ortiz.

Submitted by Mike Wellman on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 2:33pm.
or davis?


MIKEV W: Doug Davis will probably be making his final EXST start on Saturday and will try and throw five innings or 75 pitches (whichever comes first). Then I would expect him to go to Iowa for two or three starts to see how his stuff plays in the PCL.

Just remember that Davis really sucked with Milwaukee last year, although he wasn't 100% physically, either.

that's a picture of Matt Purke, apparently he likes to wear his hat like that all the time. it's a trivial thing in the grand scheme of life, but it does make me root for him to undergo shoulder surgery.

i know the guy gets results, but he has a busy upper body pitching motion to match, imo.

deception is one thing, but he's got a lot of motion up top delivering the ball...long behind his back and flings it. the ball "explodes" out of his arm, but how long will his body let him do it? he also pitches almost exclusively from the far right side of the pitching rubber, too. weird guy, imo.

don't like it either but compared to wilson's beard thing i'll take it...

brian wilson and his beard need to take a break from being on 3/4 of every MLB-related commercial. i'm a bit burnt out on the dude.

Rock the Kazmir.

Dallas Beeler has a strained oblique. My guess: Liria or Loosen to Peoria until Beeler is ready to return.

Do you think Cabeza is any kind of prospect?

Submitted by Hagsag on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 3:41pm.
Do you think Cabeza is any kind of prospect?


HAGSAG: I would say he has some upside and it will be interesting to see how he develops, but I wouldn't put him in a Top 15 (or even Top 30) prospects list at this point.

How come nobody told me Korey Patterson is on Toronto? And wearing a beard.

I did. Didn't notice the beard though.

Fukudome RF, Castro SS, Baker 2B, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Colvin LF, Hill C, Dempster P


CY CF, Johnson 2B, Upton RF, Drew SS, Montero C, Mora 3B, Branyan 1B, Parra LF, Enright P

something like 16 RBI's over 4 games that Sosa did back in 2002.

The juice is loose!

The Cubs have yet to make a decision on the fifth starter. Casey Coleman is available in the bullpen tonight but is tentatively scheduled to pitch Sunday, so Quade said he's hesitant to use him. There's also a chance Coleman could start Monday in Los Angeles, in which case the Cubs would have to call up a minor leaguer for Sunday or go with another reliever that isn't stretched out yet.

Jeff Samardzija is not an option, Quade said, though Justin Berg and Marcos Mateo are longshots. Triple-A Iowa pitcher Jay Jackson would be on his normal five-day schedule if he was called up to pitch Sunday.

since I'm going to the game Monday, I place my vote for Jay Jackson's first major league start.

That report sounds like Quade doesn't have a clue what the hell he's doing.

Tonight was all the proof we needed to know without question that Quade is completely lost. He needs to be fired immediately. I don't care who is the manager the rest of the year, but he needs to leave right now.

Tonight was all the proof we needed to know without question that Quade is completely lost.

Huh? How was it Quade's fault that Dempster sucked?

Where the fuck was Quade in the first inning? Having tea? He waits until, oh, I don't know, after the game is over to make a pitching move.

Back in the old days, when managers actually watched the games they were managing, when a starter loads the bases with zero outs, and then gives up a grand slam, the bullpen gets to work. And when the starter then walks two more, he yanks the motherfucker. Instead, Quade watches while Dempster walks another guy, then watches while he gives up another hit, then watches while he gives up another hit, gives up another 3 runs after the grand slam, and takes him out with 2 more guys on base.

We've seen this every start Dempster has made. Quade leaves him out there too long. And we've seen it with other pitchers. How about having Jeff Stevens throw 90 pitches in relief?

Quade doesn't know what the fuck he's doing.

i think i saw Carlos Silva in a Turkish bath in Ankara...where all soft tossing 280 lb pitchers work out to prepare for intense towel drill work, the next step in Rothschild rehab...

Nice soft towels though in Turkey!

bases loaded ARZ, 0 out, bottom 1st...what a great way to start a late game. go dumpster.

grand slam s.drew...awesome...still 0 outs. go dumpster.

go dumpster... my fantasy team appreciates you!

And he's our ace? Long season from hell.

he went 0-2 on upton and ended up hbp him...he went 0-2 on drew and gives up a HR. neat stuff...

9 HR in 31 ip. wow.

bases loaded, 1 out...this game is mega-dildos.

pitcher gets an RBI single...still 1 out...mega-mega-dildos.

2rbi single...still 1 out...7 runs given up, men on 1st/2nd...night is over for dumpster

0.1 ip

wait til the earned runs and the loss kicks in...tough one.


My fantasy team does as well. ERA of 189.00 for the day. Awesome!

Heh... I was serious. I don't have Dempster. I have Stephen Drew! :)

Dempster's solution to his 5th inning problems...don't pitch well enough to get there.

Rob's luck, he'll get to see dumpster pitch on monday. tonight was dumps side session...

lol. Dempster to the DL is my guess, his vagina is enlarged.

HAHAHA! You get it? He sucked today, so he must be a woman! Hilarious.

Oh wait...

You love Dempster, Hilarious!

Huh? Where did I say anything about loving Dempster? Actually, a few comments up I am pretty sure that I said he sucked today.

But referring to his "vagina" is just obnoxious.

this game is mad ass dildos.

now the replacement (berg) is hurt...took a comebacker off the hip.

coleman might have to pitch least dumpster can go monday.

berg is staying in...damn.

That's funny, there used to be a store here called Mad Ass Dildos.

so much fear.

Quade is completely overmatched by the requirements to be a big league manager. It's a shame, I like him, but he sucks. He's not prepared, has no plan, very slow to react to what's actually happening in the game, and he's just not a big league manager. Ricketts needs to fire him if Hendry won't, and fire Hendry while he's at it. This team is a laughingstock.

Dude, I don't know about "totally overmatched".

His and Hendry's most reliable pitcher, and someone who has generally been pretty solid over the last several years, suddenly forgot to pitch in every start in 2011.

The "strength" of the team, starting pitching supposedly, is now not.


...0-8. neat.

k.hill HR...lulz.

You just answered your own question.



We need to name this moment.
The first point of the year were the game causes us to realize, "yes this is a bad team."

Our opening day starter shelled and Jeff Baker is batting third.

I suggest the Neifi Point.

this game is horrible...

The Great Cubdom Enlightenment of 2011.

I mean okay, Demp has a bad game (something we're seeing a lot of lately) (and granted, I didn't watch a bit of this stupid thing), but to only score 2 runs on a night when Barry Enright (did I even spell that correctly?) starts for the opposing team? Seriously, guys?

i'm a little tired of seeing c.pena pound groundouts to the right side of the least pop out at the warning track or something.

his power should come around, but it's not showing signs of showing up any time soon.

Adam Dunn went 0-4 .162.

Is that the barometer to see who made a worse signing, between Cubs or Sox?

No, it's already been established the Cubs guy on a cheaper and shorter contract is worse than the White Sox guy who has batted equally as poorly and can't field. I don't really get it, either, but thought the update was amusing because crunch always thought the Cubs would win the WS if they added Adam Dunn.

JAKE FOX update-
.143 /.217 /.381
1 hr 1 rbi

Hey he's almost up to Carlos and Adam! =P

Actually, would The Hoff option have been better than Pena at $10MM?

Have they started to play in Japan yet?

.216 .241 .490 with 4 HR's in 54 PA's.

"thought the update was amusing because crunch always thought the Cubs would win the WS if they added Adam Dunn."

wrong. i've never been a dunn fan.

i've mentioned "who the hell is adam dunn" in the past when people brought him up...that's about the extent of it.

i'm not going to get into the reasons i don't like dunn...he's not junk...still, he's not a NL player, imo.

Something else you've never been is able to pick up on sarcasm.

that's quite...interesting.

Good job!

Sarcasm is easily detectable through a comments section.

sarcasm in text form is fun stuff...lot more bad ways to do it than good ways.

Hehe yeah. Does mine qualify as a bad or good way? hmm...

from now on all sarcasm on TCR should be bold and italics with a warning that sarcasm is incoming, imo.

and the site could use a few flaming skull animated .gifs sprinkled around.

What?! Not its no... oh. Nevermind.

We've dipped below the Macias Line?

say what you will about this team, it is handsomely paid...

o.guillen (wsox) suspended 2 days and fined for his on-field + twitter incident.

he's not appealing it (wisely) and starting the suspension immediately.

"I will never get in trouble Twittering," Quade said prior to the opener of a four-game series for the Cubs against D-backs at Chase Field.

When told that the term was "tweeting," Quade added: "See? I can't even say it. I will not get in trouble because I will never do it. I don't have the time, energy or the know-how."

I don't think managers can appeal.


twitter surfing...

1- wtf was paul sulivan doing up at 3-4am watching the royal wedding and actually sharing with the world he was doing so?

2- "Cubs create bleachers promo for Mon, Tue & Wed home games at Wrigley that includes t-shirts, $3 beer & hot dogs" $3 beers? the bleachers about to get a lot more interesting...and younger on whole...

1- gay

2- Monday free T shirt
Tuesday $3 Budweiser
Wednesday $1 Vienna Hotdog

i know the pen just had a day off on wednesday, but im a bit surprised there wasn't a fresh arm brought up tonight.

Dempster is probably available out of the pen if needed. :)

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  • maddon is easily one of the best managers out there, that's why he's getting paid huge for someone that doesn't have to rent/own in NYC/LA.

    for the most part there's 2-3-5 of guys on that level, and 25-28 other teams trying to find a guy who's capable. they can also go out of favor rather quickly (m.sciossa recently). last year's NL MOY didn't make it a full year into 2015 before getting fired.

    no matter how one feels about how it could have been done cheaper with less commitment, we only know how this way is working out. it's been awesome so far.

  • Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.

  • I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.

  • Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.

  • Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.

    Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.

    This team is just so much damn fun.

  • Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.

    Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.

  • pretty much this. also, a magician.

  • Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people

  • What did I miss?

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  • How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.

  • I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.

  • With today's victory,  the Cubs are just 1/2 game behind (0.5 GB) the Cardinals for the best record in MLB in 2015. 

    If they win the LCS and the World Series and go no worse than 8-4 in the process, the Cubs will be World Champions AND they will have the best record in MLB in 2015 (CUBS 109-70 .6089 versus STL 101-65 .6084). 

  • Well, I can say this...Cardinals fans certainly hate the Cubs right now...about as much as Pirates fans.

    Our bullpen was friggin brilliant this series...even if their ERA doesn't look good.

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    Do like the fact that if it is the Dodgers, Kershaw can't go until Game 2 and Greinke until Game 3.

  • I agree with you, but I hate them both. I hate Stephen Piscotty. I hate Tommy Pham. I hate Yadier Molina. I hate Kolten Wong. I hate Jon Jay. And that's just off the 2015 version of the Cardinals.

    Sorry, I'm a hateful person :(