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
crunch 1 hour 5 min ago (view)
icing on the cake...
k.schwarber hits a walk-off 2nd deck homer to win it for WAS in the bottom 9th tonight.
crunch 3 hours 22 min ago (view)
yeah, he's def setting himself in a bad place to get something wild and inside.
i'm glad everyone is getting hit and we're not seeing a slew of suspensions for fighting or DL trips.
bradsbeard 3 hours 34 min ago (view)
I think he actually is really close to the plate, it just might be a little harder to see in the RH box, but his elbow hangs out over the batter's box chalk, so anything up and in is going to be close or hit him.
crunch 3 hours 58 min ago (view)
i wasn't impressed with the pitching going into 2021, and this epic bat drought isn't helping.
i was expecting to get to the playoffs or really damn close. i kinda still am. it's not like i'd be shocked if we're trading away guys in a few months for "the future" at this point, though.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 8 min ago (view)
Spring training stud Joc Pederson!
Anyone else get the sense we've seen .500 for the last time in 2021?
crunch 4 hours 28 min ago (view)
5 singles, 1 solo homer, and 12 Ks later...sigh
at least they managed to get 6bb (3 in the 9th to load the bases for j.pederson to K vs a lefty closer) and 4 HBP (wtf).
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 56 min ago (view)
Fully agree with the lack of flexibility hindering bullpen construction. the only worry I have is even though most of our top 12 RPs are free agents after the year, Wieck and Steele (potentially Holder too) will join Brothers, Maples, and Mills as RP without options. Provided they're all tendered contracts, of course, that's already six spots taken. I do hope we start to see more guys we can move to and from Iowa easily over the coming seasons.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 3 min ago (view)
Same, gotta try to find positives in the situation.
Sonicwind75 6 hours 57 min ago (view)
How often in a weeks time are there multiple games with a team getting HBP more than hits. Cubs today and the Carlos Rodon no hitter this week.
crunch 7 hours 16 min ago (view)
the zach davies era isn't going so well through 3 games...
also, cubs getting HBP...so hot right now. contreras, 2x baez, and welcome back matt duffy.
Sonicwind75 7 hours 29 min ago (view)
@DLJ: Feel a little guilty myself streaming pitchers who are facing Cubs but at least there is something positive to come from watching the game. Grabbed Ynoa tomorrow in a couple of leagues.
crunch 8 hours 39 min ago (view)
contreras HBP thing getting kinda weird...just picked up 5th on the season. it's not like he's leaning into them or sets up like rizzo making him prone to them. almost all, if not all, don't seem to be on purpose.
he got a lot of this last year, too. it's tough enough being a catcher.
crunch 10 hours 20 min ago (view)
freddie freeman could be pitching and the cubs would only manage a solo homer and a few singles while K'ing 10+ times.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 54 min ago (view)
Smyly placed on IL, Kyle Wright to start. Don't know if that benefits the Cubs (would prob benefit most teams), but it surely hurts my fantasy team as I was looking forward to the K total and low WHIP Smyly was sure to get today.
crunch 12 hours 4 min ago (view)
m.duffy activated, i.vargas to alternate site.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
r.tepera suspended 3 games for throwing at b.woodruff (appealing). d.ross gets 1 game and will miss friday's game.