D'Backs Red Gives Cubs the Blues at Salt River Fields
Cristofer Torin drilled a two-run single to put the D'backs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd, Jansel Luis reached base three times (a 1st inning single, a 2nd inning walk, and a 6th inning RBI single), and SP Lorenzo Encarnacion and two relievers combined to spin a two-hit shutout, as the Diamondbacks Red Squad blanked the Cubs 3-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday afternoon on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. (Because the Diamondbacks are operating two EXST teams, they usually don't have enough pitchers available to play nine innings).
Ed Howard played shortstop for the Cubs on defense but did not take an AB because he is not yet medically cleared to run the bases.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1. Christian Olivo, LF: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3, K, F-9 DP)
2. Jefferson Rojas, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, F-9, BB, SB, 2 CS)
3. Adan Sanchez, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3, BB)
4a. Ronnier Quintero, C: 0-2 (L-6, P-6)
4b. Wally Soto, PH-C: 0-1 (K)
5. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 0-3 (P-6, P-3, E-4, SB)
6. Raino Coran, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
7a. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-1 (4-3)
7b. Frank Hernandez, PH-1B: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
8. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 1-2 (BB, F-9, 2B)
9. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-1 (5-3, BB, BB)
10. Ed Howard, SS: NO AB (PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Dominic Hambley: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 68 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Joel Machado: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 5/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (27 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: 1
CF Ke'Shun Collier: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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