Roederer and Howard Provide the Power for Cubs at American Family Fields
Cole Roederer belted a solo HR in the top of the 2nd inning and collected another RBI on a FC in the 6th, Ed Howard singled and scored in the 1st and smacked a solo HR in the 5th, and SP Carlos Garcia hurled three innings of one-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts for the Cubs, and Reidy Mercado (RBI double) and Jason Ollarve (two-run triple) drilled run scoring hits for the Brewers in a three-run 8th, as the two teams played to a 5-5 tie in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Thursday morning on Field #3 at American Family Fields in Phoenix, AZ.
Recently called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy, RHP Gabriel Agrazal made his U. S. stateside debut in the game. His swing & miss pitch is a - VERY - slow CV that almost looks like an "eephus" pitch.
In EXST Cubs roster news, C-INF Bryce Windham has completed his brief rehab at Extended Spring Training and has been reinstated by the Iowa Cubs. (He played in only one EXST game). Also, C Tim Susnara (on AA Tennessee 60-day IL) has been released. (Susnara was the catcher for most of the "live" BP outings thrown by Kyle Hendricks and Codi Heuer at Sloan Park when they were at Extended Spring Training).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Cole Roederer, LF: 1-4 (K, HR, F-7, FC, R, 2 RBI)
1b. Alexis Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (K)
2a. Ed Howard, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-9, HR, 2 R, RBI)
2b. Brayan Altuve, PH-LF: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
3. Jefferson Rojas, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-8, K, R)
4. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-2, K)
5. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 2-4 (P-2, 1B, 1B, K)
6. Wally Soto, DH-C: 0-3 (BB, F-9, K, F-8)
7. Ismael Mena, RF: 1-3 (L-7, P-4, 1B, BB, R, 2 SB)
8a. Lizardo Ruiz, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, F-8)
8b. Frank Hernandez, 1B: 0-2 (E-6, P-4)
9. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 1-4 (5-3, L-6, K, 1B)
EXST CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Carlos Garcia: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 46 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Gleiber Morales: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 45 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Gabriel Agrazal: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/4 GO/AO, 48 pitches (27 strikes)
EXST CUBS ERRORS: 1
2B Christopher Paciolla: E-4 (missed catch on infield pop up allowed batter to reach base safely)
EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Adan Sanchez: 2-6 CS
2. Wally Soto: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's
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