Four Cubs Pitchers Make Pro Game Debut at Instructs
Geuri Lubo belted a game-tying solo HR with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the Cubs and Rockies played to a 3-3 tie in Arizona Instructional League game action Friday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
SP Luis Devers and five relievers combined to hurl a two-hitter (both hits were singles), but four errors, five walks, and three WP helped the Rockies score three runs that erased an early 2-0 Cub lead.
Four Cub pitchers made their professional game debuts in the game, including RHP Will Sanders (2023 4th round draft pick - U. of South Carolina), LHP Daniel Brown (2023 16th round draft pick - Campbell U.), RHP Nick Dean (2023 19th round draft pick - U. of Maryland), and RHP Kenten Egbert (2023 NDFA - Miami U. of Ohio).
W. Sanders was outstanding, Egbert was OK, Dean was a bit wild, and D. Brown was REALLY wild (walked three of the four batters he faced, uncorked three wild pitches, and threw only one strike -- turned into the 4-3 GO -- among his 14 pitches, most of which ended up sailing over the catcher's head or behind the batter, or were spiked five feet in front of home plate).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Leonel Espinoza, RF: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, 4-3, K, R)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 5-3, K, R)
3a. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI, SB)
3b. Geuri Lubo, 2B: 1-2 (F-7, HR, R, RBI)
4. Brian Kalmer, 1B-3B: 0-4 (F-9, 5-3, F-9, P-4)
5. Adan Sanchez, DH: 0-3 (4-3, 5-3, P-3, RBI)
6. Carter Trice, C: 0-3 (F-9, P-4, 5-3)
7. Alfonsin Rosario, LF: 0-2 (K, F-7, HBP)
8. Jose Escobar, CF: 0-3 (3-U, 4-3, 5-4-3 DP)
9a. Yahil Melendez, 3B: 0-2 (K, P-4)
9b. Drew Bowser, 1B: 0-1 (K)
AZIL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Luis Devers; 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1/4 GO/AO, 55 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Nick Dean: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Will Sanders: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Daniel Brown: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 3 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (one strike)
5. Landon Ginn: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (13 strikes)
6. Kenten Egbert: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
AZIL CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. C Carter Trice: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. LF Alfonsin Rosario: E-7 (missed catch on fly ball at warning track allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely and unearned run to score)
3. 2B Geuri Lubo: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. P Landon Ginn: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base attempting 1-3 putout allowed batter to reach base safely)
AZIL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carter Trice: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
AZIL CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Jose Escobar - runner doubled off 1st base 8-3 after L-8
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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