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
Everytime I recall Szcur's bne marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.