Diamondbacks Red Bats Too Much for Cubs at Talking Stick
SP Erick Reynoso tossed three innings of shutout ball, Junior Franco singled twice, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, Ruben Santana (Diamondbacks #17 prospect) drilled an RBI single in the 4th and walked and scored in the 6th, and shortstop Cristofer Torin (Diamondbacks #16 prospect) singled, stole a base, and scored a run in the 1st, belted an RBI triple and scored in the 5th, and made a highlight reel backhanded catch in short LF to end the game, as the Diamondbacks Red squad cruised past the Cubs 7-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Jefferson Rojas ripped a line-drive two-run single, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, Frank Hernandez reached base four times (a single and three walks), scored a run, and threw out a runner at the plate, Christopher Paciolla hammered an RBI double down the LF line and scored a run, Ed Howard singled twice and drew a walk, and SP Luis Rujano hurled three innings of one-run / one-hit ball for the Cubs, albeit in a losing cause.
The game was pre-planned as an eight inning affair.
Just called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy, 20-year old INF Lizardo Ruiz (2019 IFA - Dominican Republic) made his stateside game debut, relieving Anderson Suriel at 1st base in the bottom of the 4th inning and getting two AB. He contributed an RBI GO in the 5th, and then he drew a walk and stole a base in the 7th.
In one other EXST Cubs roster move, RHP Manuel Espinoza has completed his rehab and has been reinstated from the South Bend 7-day IL.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1. Christopher Paciolla, DH-SS: 1-5 (K, F-8, 6-4-3 DP, 2B, 3-U, R, RBI)
2. Jefferson Rojas, SS-DH: 1-4 (F-9, K, BB, 1B, F-7, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
3a. Ed Howard, 2B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, P-6)
3b. Raino Coran, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Adan Sanchez, C: 0-3 (K, BB, P-3, F-8)
4b. Jairo Diaz, C: 0-1 (P-6)
5. Brayan Altuve, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, HBP, 5-3)
6a. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, L-3)
6b. Lizardo Ruiz, 1B: 0-1 (6-3, BB, RBI, SB)
7. Alexis Hernandez, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-8, K)
8. Christian Olivo, RF-2B: 1-4 (F-7, K, 1B, P-4, R)
9. Frank Hernandez, LF: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, BB, R)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Luis Rujano: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 5/2 GO/AO, 42 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Scarlyn Lebron: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 56 pitches (28 strikes)
3. Tomy Sanchez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 42 pitches (25 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: NONE
EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Adan Sanchez: 0-1 CS
2. Jairo Diaz: 1-2 CS
EXST CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
1. RF Christian Olivo - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd after single to RF
2. LF Frank Hernandez - runner thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to LF
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
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