Shamil Ubiera Alles
Shamil Ubiera hammered three doubles and a single, scored two runs, and collected four RBI, Varonex Cuevas drilled an RBI single, doubled, drew two walks, and scored a run, and Bryant Flete reached base four times on three singles and a walk and scored a run, as the Cubs thumped the Rockies 9-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Ubiera had three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) against the Giants yesterday, so in two games over a period of two days Ubiera has collected seven hits (four doubles, two singles, and a triple) in 9 PA. In two seasons with the DSL Cubs (2012-13), the 21-year old RH hitting outfielder hit 297/367/446 with 42 doubles, four triples, eight HR, and 97 RBI, 89 runs scored, 27 SB (14 CS), and a 43/83 BB/K in 134 games (569 PA), while playing all three OF positions (mainly RF).
RHP Dallas Beeler got the start for the Cubs and pitched four innings (63 pitches - 44 strikes), allowing one run (earned) on four hits (two singles, a double, and a triple) and two walks with four strikeouts and a 7/1 GO/FO. The only run he allowed resulted from a lead-off triple in the top of the 1st inning followed by a one-out RBI single. Beeler retired eight of the last nine men he faced.
Beeler appears to be finally turning the corner after a lengthy "dead arm" period that landed him on the AAA Iowa Cubs 7-day DL (and left him behind at Extended Spring Training) to start the season. He probably will need at least one or possibly even two more EXST rehab starts before he is ready to rejoin the I-Cubs. but he looked a lot better today than he did in ihis previous start last Monday when he was cuffed around a bit.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-3 (5-3, HBP, F-7 SF, K, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
2. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 4-5 (P-4, 2B, 2B, 2B, 1B, 2 R, 4 RBI)
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 2-4 (1B, F-7, F-9, BB, 1B, CS)
4. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 2B, K, BB, R, RBI)
5. Antonio Valerio, C: 0-5 (4-3, K, P-4, 4-6-3 DP, 4-6 FC, RBI)
6. Arnaldo Calero, LF: 2-5 (2B, F-8, 1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP, R, RBI)
7. Matt Scioscia, 1B: 1-4 (1B+E5, E-5, 4-6-3 DP, K, R)
8. Bryant Flete, 2B: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, BB, R, CS)
9. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (1-3, P-6, 1B, K, R)
1. Dallas Beeler: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 7/1 GO/FO, 63 pitches (44 strikes)
2. Erick Leal: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 0/5 GO/FO, 34 pitches (23 strikes)
3, Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (19 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
1B Matt Scioscia - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Antonio Valerio: 0-3 CS
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Arnaldo Calero - batter thrown out 7-5-6 trying to advance to 2nd base after play at home on RBI single
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80's
PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.