Lubo Long-Ball Highlights Four-Run Third at Sloan Park
Ed Howard tripled and scored in the 1st inning, collected an RBI on a fielder's choice and scored a run in the 3rd, and reached base on an error and scored in the 7th, Jefferson Rojas blooped an RBI single into short RF, stole a base, and scored a run in the 1st and walked and scored in the 3rd, Ismael Mena belted a triple into the RF corner leading off the bottom of the 3rd and scored a run, Geuri Lubo blasted a three-run HR onto the LF berm to cap a four-run 3rd, and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter with twelve strikeouts, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 8-1 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The A's were held scoreless until two outs in the top of the 9th, when an unearned run scored on a passed ball.
In EXST Cubs roster news, LHSP DJ Herz and RHRP Eduarniel Nunez (both on the AA Tennessee 7-day IL) and INF James Triantos (on Hi-A South Bend 7-day IL) have completed their respective EXST rehab assignments and have been reinstated from the IL (Herz has been moved-up to Tennessee, and E. Nunez and Triantos have been moved-up to South Bend).
Also, OF-1B Frank Hernandez (Cubs 2019 IFA - Spain) has entered the Catcher Conversion Program at EXST. His twin brother Omar is a catcher in the Royals organization, so Frank clearly has the DNA for the job. And as a one-time two-way player (RHP / OF) with Team Spain 18U, Frank has the arm he will need as well.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1. Ismael Mena, CF-RF: 1-4 (K, 3B, L-8, P-6, R)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 1-4 (3B, FC, 6-3, E-4, 3 R, RBI)
3a. Jefferson Rojas, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, BB, K, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3b. Yeison Santana, PH: 0-1 (E-4, R, SB)
4. Adan Sanchez, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3, F-8 SF, RBI)
5a. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 0-2 (5-4 FC, F-9, RBI, PO)
5b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-2 (E-5, 6-3, RBI)
6. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, HR, K, K, R, 3 RBI)
7. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-4 (F-7, 4-3, F-7, F-7)
8. Raino Coran, LF: 1-4 (1B, E-9, K, K)
9a. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-2 (1B, FC)
9b. Wally Soto, C: 1-2 (2B, 3-U)
10a. Brayan Altuve, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
10b. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-0 (HBP)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jordan Holloway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Zac Leigh: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Starlyn Pichardo: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 53 pitches (25 strikes)
5. Eligio Paredes: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (29 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: NONE
EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jairo Diaz: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
2. Wally Soto: 1-1 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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