A Sosa Deja View from Center Street

Francisco Sosa slugged a two-run HR onto Center Street and his teammates rapped out ten singles, seven doubles, and two triples, as the EXST Rockies took both games of a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader from the EXST Cubs by scores of 4-2 and 11-2 this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

The games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields and were scheduled as seven-inning affairs, but the game on Field #2 was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and Rockies pitchers to get their scheduled work.

While the Rockies were ripping ten extra-base hits in the two games, the Cubs managed just one (a Dustin Harrington double). The Cubs also grounded into five double plays, committed two errors, and pulled a couple of base-running gaffes.

Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):


1. Jose Valdez, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-U, K)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-3 (1-6-3 DP, 1B, K)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, L-7, 2-3)
4. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, 5-4-3 DP, K)
5. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, 6-3)
6. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-8)
7. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-3 (6-3, 2B, 1B, 2 R)
8. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB)
9. Brian Inoa, DH: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)

1. Matt Loosen: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 51 pitches (28 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Jean Sandoval: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 46 pitches (31 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Luis Villalba: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 27 pitches (15 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO

C Johan DeJesus E2 – overthrow at 3rd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to score unearned run

Johan DeJesus: 3-4 CS, 1 E (see above)



1. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-4 (F-8, 1-U, 4-6-3 DP, P-6)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K, R)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
4. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
5. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (6-3 DP, 1B, 3-1, F-8, RBI)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (2-3, 5-3, 6-3)
7. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 3-4 (4-3, 1B, 1B, 1B, R)
8. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B)
9. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-8)

1. Charles Thomas: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 40 pitches (19 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
NOTE: Thomas first inning of work was stopped with one out when he reached his max pitch limit for that inning
2. Colin Richardson: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Rafael Diplan: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 45 pitches (29 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
NOTE: Diplan’s second inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit
4. Larry Suarez: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Suarez’s inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his max pitch limit

C Yaniel Cabezas E2 – overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd base

Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80’s



Yikes. Suarez just can't get it going. I remember being pumped when we signed that kid. We've given out more to other international prospects (I think he only got 400K or something like that), but he was one of the first big ones I can remember out of LA.

And speaking of Venezuelan pitchers, one named Carlos Silva (yes, THAT one) is pitching tonight for the Tampa Yankees versus the Daytona Cubs, and Jae-Hoon Ha took him deep for a two-run HR in the top of the 1st inning. That's Ha's 5th HR of the season.

and rosscup (from the TB trade for garza) going tonight for daytona

I read that Dolis is being moved to the bullpen at the Cubs request.


The Smokies rotation took a hit this week when Rafael Dolis, their most consistent starter to this point, was moved to the bullpen at the behest of the Chicago Cubs. Dolis, who is on the Cubs' 40-man roster, had a rough outing in his first relief appearance Saturday night, giving up four unearned runs in what eventually was a 7-6 Smokies loss.

"We feel like he could be a big league eighth-ninth inning guy," Harper said. "Last night he didn't throw like he can, but we feel like he'll develop quick in that role."

He had started 4 games and had a 2.70 era, 15/7 K/BB, 15/16.2 k/ip, 19/16.2 whip (too lazy to do the math, but you get it)

he's always been a fringe stamina guy anyway...deep counts. i wonder what pitch count he starts to tap out at. he doesn't put in too many outings more than 5-6ip.

Is he fat?

Hopefully, not a Ricketts forecast:


fwiw, it was near 90 today and the first week back from Spring Break for a lot of parents. Not gonna take their kids out a school after being out last week.

It was a decent crowd last night, although far from packed.

z.greinke isn't a NL fan so far...5 runs given up so far, 0 outs in the 4th.


How did Colin Richardson look? What are your thoughts on him? Any Ryan Hartman or Brian Smith sightings? What are your thoughts on them?

Submitted by Koyies Bansaw on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:59pm.

How did Colin Richardson look? What are your thoughts on him? Any Ryan Hartman or Brian Smith sightings? What are your thoughts on them?


K BANSAW: Colin Richardson looked OK (especially compared to the other pitchers who threw on Field #3). He threw a high percentage of strikes, although he had trouble keeping his pitches down and so some of them were a bit too hittable.

Ryan Hartman last threw on Monday in a sim game (along with five other pitchers). He has really struggled. He threw in an EXST game versus the Rockies a couple of weeks ago that I did not cover (I was at the other game that day), but I got back to Fitch Park just in time to see his outing (he was the last pitcher), and it wasn't pretty. So I've seen him throw in at least three EXST games during the first couple of weeks, and he hasn't shown much to this point. His curve ball is normally his "out" pitch, but not so far. And he doesn't have the stamina to throw more than two innings, either.

I haven't seen Brian Smith.

Thanks again Phil!


Doug Davis is pitching today for the Daytona Cubs.
Tom Wellemeyer is pitching today for the Iowa Cubs.

Tom related to Todd?

Any word on Todd Wellemeyer?

Davis went 6.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.

Daytona up 5-0 in 9th. Big day for Jr. Lake, 3 for 5, HR, triple, 3 RBI.

Call him up, or activate him or whatever.

I wonder what the Florida St League record is for consecutive PA's as a the #1 hitter without accepting a walk is (or was).

wow..nothing says "Cubs prospect" like Jr. Lakes' .297 BA and .298 OBP.


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  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • 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.