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
...and the Cards tie and take the lead in the 9th. off Familia.
Familia blows his first save of the season -- gives up 2 in 9th to the Cards.
Not much going our way these days.
no-doubt HR towering to CF...tie game.
This site is as dead as the team.
AL pitcher hits a home run for a 1-0 lead. There goes perspective
Here are the ERAs for the last five starting pitchers:
At what point does the manager note it's not the "other pitcher"?
And why does he start Montero in the middle of a downturn?
Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.
McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.
The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."