Cubs Triple Time It at Sloan Park
Yeison Santana belted a triple into the right-centerfield alley and scored in the 5th, Ed Howard smashed a line-drive triple off the LF fence and scored on the 6th, Jairo Diaz smacked a two-run triple to right in the 8th, and SP Jackson Ferris and RP Gleiber Morales each hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks Red Squad 5-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game could get their work.
Prior to the game, Brailyn Marquez, Kenyi Perez, Jordan Holloway, Stephen Gonsalves, Mathew Peters, and JP Wheat threw bullpen side sessions on the 12-pack, and Drew Gray, Joel Sierra, Max Bain, and Wilbur Rodriguez threw "live" BP on Field #6.
In his "live" BP, Drew Gray threw one "inning" (20 pitches - 14 strikes, including three called strikes, three swing & miss, six foul balls, and two balls in play, both pop flies). He threw nothing but FB.
In EXST Cubs roster news, OF Cristian More has been moved-up to Lo-A Myrtle Beach. In nine Cactus League EXST games, More played all three outfield positions over the course of the nine games, and hit 316/350/526 with a double and a HR, two RBI, one run scored, one BB (5% walk rate), two K (10% K-rate), and two SB (no CS).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Christopher Paciolla, 3B: 0-2 (F-7, 6-3)
1b. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B)
2a. Ed Howard, SS-DH: 1-3 (L-8, K, 3B, R)
2b. Ronnier Quintero, PH-DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
3. Jefferson Rojas, DH-2B: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, F-7 SF, 1B, K, R, RBI)
4a. Adan Sanchez, C: 1-2 (K, 1B, SB, CS)
4b. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-2 (K, 3B, 2 RBI)
5. Ismael Mena, LF-RF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, BB, SB)
6a. Yeison Santana, 2B: 1-2 (4-3, 3B, R)
6b. Alexis Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (BB, K)
7a. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, K)
7b. Frank Hernandez, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8a. Ke'Shun Collier, RF: 0-2 (K, 1-3, RBI)
8b. Raino Coran, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, SB)
9. Brayan Altuve, CF: 0-3 (F-9, P-4, 5-3, BB)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jackson Ferris: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Mason McGwire: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Zac Leigh: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Burl Carraway: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 16 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Gleiber Morales: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/5 GO/AO, 56 pitches (31 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: NONE
EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Adan Sanchez: 0-2 CS
2. Jairo Diaz: 1 PO
EXST CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Ismael Mena threw out runner 7-2 attempting to score from 3rd base after F-7
ATTENDANCE: 16 (including Mark McGwire)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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