Herz Shackles Giants & Howard Makes 2023 Debut at Sloan Park
SP DJ Herz hurled 3.2 IP of no run / one hit ball (62 pitches - 39 strikes - six swing & miss), Anderson Suriel smoked a double off the RF fence (near HR) in the 4th, collected an RBI on a FC in the 6th, and lined a one-out single to left and scored the tying run in the 9th, and Adan Sanchez belted a game-tying RBI double (driving in Suriel) with two outs in the bottom of the 9th but then was thrown out at 3rd base to end the game while attempting to stretch the double into a triple, as the Cubs had to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
Herz had a no hitter in progress through one out in the 4th before P. J. Hilson lined a single into CF for the Giants first hit. Herz then struck out the next hitter (Cesar Quintas) before being relieved by Burl Carraway, who got the final out of the inning to preserve the shutout (at least for a while).
Ed Howard (2022 hip surgery) saw his first game action since May 10, 2022, getting the start at SS and playing three innings in the field. He had just one chance (a 6-3 GO) and he looked OK.
Also, RHP Manuel Espinoza pitched in a game (34 pitches) for the first time since last July.
Two-way player (LHP / 1B) Reggie Crawford (Giants 2022 1st round draft pick - UConn) made his second professional appearance as a pitcher (first one was last week) and threw a scoreless 1st inning (23 pitches - 14 strikes - three swing & miss), striking out two (both swinging) with mid-90's smoke around a Cristian More double.
Prior to the game, Kyle Hendricks, Jordan Holloway, Stephen Gonsalves, Luis Devers, and Carlos Garcia threw bullpen side sessions in the 12-pack, and Joel Sierra threw "live" BP on Field #6.
In EXST Cubs roster news, Ezequiel Pagan (knee surgery) has completed his rehab and has been moved-up to Hi-A South Bend.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 1-3 (L-1, 1B, 5-3)
1b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-1 (L-8)
2. Jefferson Rojas, DH-SS: 1-4 (K, 6-3, 1B, 5-3, R)
3. Cristian More, RF: 1-4 (2B, L-8, F-8, 4-3)
4a. Raino Coran, LF: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
4b. Brayan Altuve, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
5. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 2-4 (L-3, 2B, 6-4 FC, 1B, R, RBI)
6a. Jairo Diaz, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
6b. Frank Hernandez, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-4, K)
7a. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-2 (L-7, 5-3)
7b. Adan Sanchez, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B, RBI)
8a. Christian Olivo, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K)
8b. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 0-1 (4-3 DP)
9a. Ed Howard IV, SS: NO AB
9b. Yeison Santana, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-9, F-9)
9c. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-1 (L-6)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. DJ Herz: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 62 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Burl Carraway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Manuel Espinoza: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Starlyn Pichardo: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 44 pitches (27 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. P DJ Herz: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Jefferson Rojas: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base after RBI infield single allowed second runner to score from 2nd)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
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