Ubiera-Torres Tag-Team Torments A's at Papago Park
Gleyber Torres (three singles, a double, and a walk) and Shamil Ubiera (two singles, a triple, and a walk) combined to reach base nine times, collect six RBI, and score four runs, Tyler Alamo drilled an RBI double and an RBI single, and Jesse Hodges singled, tripled, scored two runs, and drove-in another, as the Cubs outlasted the Athletics 9-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 (AKA "Connie Mack Field") at the Papago Baseball Facility in Phoenix, AZ.
In 23 Cactus League EXST games (91 PA), the 17-year old Torres is now hitting 291/378/392, with four doubles and two triples, 8 RBI, 8 runs scored, 9/17 BB/K, two HBP (and he tried to charge the mound on one of them), 2 SB (2 CS) and one PO, and ten errors (seven fielding and three throwing).
After hitting 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) in the DSL 2012-13, the 21-year old Ubiera is now hitting 328/355/517 with seven doubles, two triples, a 3/5 BB/K, 1 SB (0 CS), 3 GIDP, and a team-leading 12 RBI in 18 Cactus League EXST games (62 PA). He has played all three OF positions for the EXST Cubs, and has commited two errors (both in LF) and he has one outfield assist (while playing RF).
RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (on the Cubs 60-day DL - 2013 TJS) saw his first Cactus League EXST game action since April 14th (when he walked off the mound at Riverview Park in the middle of an AB after thowing 17 pitches), retiring all three batters he faced (4-3, F-9, P-3) on just 12 pitches. Fujikawa is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL today, but he will require additional rehab work before he is ready to rejoin the Cubs (and that's presuming there are no further setbacks along the way).
Cubs 2013 5th round draft pick RHP Trey Masek (on Kane County 7-day DL) saw his first Cactus League EXST game action of 2014, but he was not as sharp as Fujikawa, surrendering a solo HR to the first batter he faced before walking two of the next three hitters. Masek was unable to complete his inning (21 pitches - only 9 strikes), and was relieved with two outs and a runner on 1st (the other baserunner had already been erased on a CS).
RHP Erick Leal had a terrible outing, allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks in three innings of work (and the 71 pitches he logged in only 3.0 IP is not a typo). He struck out only one, and that was the last batter he faced.
RHP Trevor Graham was relaxing in a chair, charting the game from behind home plate, when he was called up to Daytona in the middle of the 7th inning. He was driven back to Riverview Park by the Strength & Conditioning coach so that he could catch a plane at Sky Harbor Airport ASAP.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-4 (4-3, P-1, P-5, BB, K, R)
2. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (F-8, K, P-2, BB, 3-U, R)
3. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 1-4 (L-8, P-6, BB, P-3, 1B, R)
4. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 3-4 (BB, 1B, 3B, 1B, K, 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-5 (1B, L-8, L-4, 3B, K, 2 R, RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS; 4-4 (1B, 1B, BB, 2B, 1B, 2 R, 3 RBI)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 2-5 (2B, L-7 DP, F-9, 1B, 4-3, 2 RBI)
8. Antonio Valerio, C: 1-3 (BB, P-3, 6-3, 1B)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, CS)
1. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Trey Masek: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Michael Heesch: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/FO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Erick Leal: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 71 pitches (40 strikes)
5. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. LF Shamil Ubiera - E-7 (bobble on ground single to LF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Antonio Valerio; 2-3 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
Craig A. 5 hours 57 min ago (view)
I'll bet the analytics guys told him to.
Eric S 8 hours 11 min ago (view)
Bote's single accounts for RBI #26 on the year. Happ leads the team with 28 RBI - Bote got his in 72 fewer at bats than Happ.
crunch 8 hours 55 min ago (view)
pinch hitting j.martinez for v.caratini is another "why we doing this" batting substitution to add to the pile.
so far i'm a bit perplexed by some of the guys d.ross is having pinch hit in certain situations more than anything he's doing. almost everything else seems mostly sane.
crunch 9 hours 4 min ago (view)
lester with a "comeback" appearance... it's PIT, though...who could easily end up not even winning 20 games this season (15 as of now). still looked decent, even if not overpowering.
6ip 4h 1bb 1k, 0r/er
crunch 9 hours 7 min ago (view)
yeah, the oblique is one of those "few days, few weeks, months?" injuries. trying to come back too soon puts guys back to starting over.
Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 20 min ago (view)
Depending the severity, that may be how his Cub tenure ends. Hopefully not, he deserves better than that
crunch 9 hours 45 min ago (view)
bryant down with "right oblique" pain...
Charlie 10 hours 28 min ago (view)
The Troy Glaus comp has held up pretty well.
I don't know whether to think he's playing through an injury or going through similar small-sample frustrations as Baez, Rizzo, Schwarber, and to a lesser extent Contreras.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 37 min ago (view)
Shockingly by virtue of that HR he has been infinitely more productive than Jose Martinez
crunch 10 hours 49 min ago (view)
baez just bunted for a RBI single. that's both impressive and sad.
honestly, there's more than a few power hitters out there that can't bunt worth a damn and he pulled it off with enough ease you know he's put some work in. it's nice to see it done well even if you don't wanna see him do it a lot.
Eric S 10 hours 50 min ago (view)
Anyone else remember how Andre Dawson and his creaky knees looked in the 1989 NLCS against the Giants? That's the vibe I'm getting with KB. Not sure what is up with Bote but I hope he gets some consideration for starting at third.
crunch 11 hours 29 min ago (view)
cubs put i.vargas on the 10-day IL...later dude...thanks for that homer.
crunch 11 hours 48 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber / bryant / heyward / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)
Q will start tomorrow night.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
If spotty command and inconsistency wasn't a concern, Rex Brothers would be Josh Hader. Right? I mean, a LHRP with a 95-97 FB and an 89 SL and he strikes out the side (which also happened to be the heart of the Twins order) 1-2-3 (all three swinging).
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
K...cubs lose. meh.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
we really gonna leave this game to nico hoerner with 2 out and the bases loaded in the 9th? a'ite then. c'mon dude.