Adan Sanchez Leads Fast & Furious Cub Charge to Tie at Sloan Park
Adan Sanchez doubled and scored in the 5th and belted a three-run HR in the 6th, Ke'Shun Collier drilled a two-run single in the 5th that put the Cubs up 4-3, and Geuri Lubo laced a game-tying single in the 6th, as the Cubs rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the 5th and then an 8-4 deficit in the 6th to tie the Diamondbacks Red squad 8-8 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
SP Lorenzo Encarnacion retired the first nine men he faced, Ruben Santana smacked a two-run HR in the 1st inning, and Adrian Rodriguez blasted a grand slam in the 6th for the D'backs. (The Rodriguez grand slam was the second one allowed by Gleiber Morales in the last six days).
The game was called after six innings of play.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Samuel Reyes has been moved-up to AA Tennessee. He was placed on the Tennessee Development List on Opening Day and was left behind in Mesa when the Smokies left Arizona the first week of April.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-2 (3-1, E-6, R)
1b. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, 2 RBI)
2a. Jefferson Rojas, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
2b. Brayan Altuve, RF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
3a. Ed Howard, 3B: 0-1 (K)
3b. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-8, 1B, RBI)
4. Yeison Santana, DH-SS: 1-2 (K, 1B, BB, R, 2 SB)
5a. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
5b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
6a. Wally Soto, C-DH: 1-2 (F-9, 1B, R)
6b. Raino Coran, PH: 0-1 (K)
7a. Christian Olivo, LF: 0-1 (F-9)
7b. Adan Sanchez, C: 2-2 (2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
8. Jairo Diaz, 1B: 1-2 (F-8, BB, 1B, 2 R)
9a. Frank Hernandez, RF: 0-1 (6-3)
9b. Anderson Suriel, LF: 0-1 (F-7 SF, F-9, RBI)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Mason McGwire: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Joel Machado: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Gleiber Morales: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 1/2 GO/AO, 58 pitches (29 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Wally Soto: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wally Soto: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
2. Adan Sanchez: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
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