Angels Let Offense Loose at Diablo
Capri Ortiz doubled in the 1st, reached base on an error and scored in the 3rd, singled and scored in the 5th, hammered a two-run double in the 6th, and stroked a sacrifice fly in the 7th, Landon Wallace singled twice, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, Edgar Alfonso ripped three singles, scored three runs, and drove-in two more, John Wimmer doubled, walked twice, and scored two runs, and Caleb Ketchup doubled, walked twice, and scored a run, helping the Angels batter the Cubs 19-7 in Arizona Instructional League Opening Day game action Wednesday morning on Field # 3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.
Wally Soto drilled a two-run single, walked, and scored two runs, and Christian Olivo singled, tripled, and score a run for the Cubs in a losing cause.
The Cub defense committed seven errors, and Cubs pitchers allowed the 19 runs (17 earned) on 15 hits (including five doubles), ten walks, and four HBP (and a WP). RHP (ex-OF) Raino Coran faced six batters and did not retire any of them, allowing a double, a single, and four walks before being relieved.
Drew Bowser left the game with a leg injury (or possibly a cramp?) incurred while sliding into 3rd base on a SB attempt in the top of the 5th (he was safe), but he did work as the team bat boy the last couple of innings, so the injury was apparently not too serious.
In AZIL Cubs "Bridge Camp" notes, INF Reggie Preciado is no longer switch-hitting (he is now batting only RH), and INF-OF Carter Trice (Cubs 2023 12th round draft pick - NC State) is in the catcher conversion program (he caught two times in the ACL, and he caught the last two innings in today's game).
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only)
AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Zyhir Hope, LF-CF: 0-4 (F-7, K, 1-3, F-8 SF, L-8, RBI)
2. Christian Olivo, CF-2B: 2-5 (1B, 1-3, 5-3, 5-3, 3B, R, CS)
3a. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B, SB)
3b. Jose Escobar, PH-3B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, 4-3, R, RBI)
4. Alfonsin Rosario, RF: 0-4 (5-3, P-4, 5-3, P-2, BB)
5a. Christopher Paciolla, 3B: 1-2 (2B, 5-2 FC, R)
5b. Jefferson Encarnacion, PH-LF: 1-2 (2B, BB, 4-3, R)
6a. Adan Sanchez, C: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
6b. Carter Trice, C: 0-0 (HBP)
7a. Drew Bowser, 1B: 1-2 (1B, E-4, SB)
7b. Wally Soto, PR-1B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
8a. Reggie Preciado, DH: 0-1 (K, BB, R, SB)
8b. David Avitia, PH-DH: 0-1 (BB, K)
9a. Yahil Melendez, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
9b. Geuri Lubo, SS: 0-2 (F-7, K)
AZIL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Carlos Garcia: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 52 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Dominic Hambley: 2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/AO, 59 pitches (32 strikes)
3. Raino Coran: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 6 R (6 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Luis A. Reyes: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1/4 GO/AO, 31 pitches (15 strikes)
AZIL CUBS ERRORS: 7
1. P Carlos Garcia: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. C Adan Sanchez: E-2 (Catcher's Interference allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Yahil Melendez: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. P Dominic Hambley: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base on sacrifice bunt allowed batter to reach base safely and two baserunners to score)
5. C Carter Trice: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score)
6. SS Geuri Lubo: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
7. 3B Jose Escobar: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
AZIL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Adan Sanchez: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Carter Trice: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 110+
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