Smokies Hurlers Cloud Drillers Vision at Riverview

Robel Garcia (RBI single), P. J. Higgins (RBI single), Roberto Caro (two-run single), Nico Hoerner (sacrifice fly), and Connor Myers (solo HR) contributed RBI and Oscar de la Cruz and three relievers combined to hurl a five-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) blanked the Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers AA affiliate) 6-0 in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Wednesday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.   

Prior to the game, C-1B Ian Rice and INF Vimael Machin were moved-down to AA Tennessee from AAA Iowa. 

Also, C Rafelin Lorenzo, 1B Tyler Alamo, INF Jhonny Bethencourt, INF Yeiler Peguero, 2B Carlos Sepulveda, OF Luis Ayala, and OF D. J. Wilson were not on the Smokies bench, so they may have been moved-down to Myrtle Beach from Tennessee at the same time that Machin and Rice were moved down to Tennessee from Iowa.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

1. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-4 (1B, 5-4-3 DP, 1B, 6-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB) 
2. Nico Hoerner, SS: 0-3 (4-3, 5-3, F-9 SF, 4-3, RBI)
3. Jared Young, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, BB, 3-1, L-4)  
4. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-3 (BB, K, 2-3, 5-3, R)
5a. Robel Garcia, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, K, RBI)
5b. Christian Donahue, 3B: 0-1 (L-9)
6. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, K, 6-3, RBI)
7. Ian Rice, DH: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 1-3, BB, R)
8. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, F-7, 5-4-3 DP, R)
9. Connor Myers, LF: 2-2 (1B, HBP, HR, 2 R, RBI)
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Luis Lugo: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 3/3 GO/AO, 43 pitches (27 strikes) 
3. Zach Hedges: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes) 



WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, when will Iowa, Tenn, MB, and SB be breaking camp? Thanks.

HAGSAG: They leave over the course of Sunday-Monday, but I don't have the departure times. 

luke hagerty to have left elbow surgery (not TJ) and is expected to miss all of the 2019 season.



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  • crunch 13 hours 25 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 14 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 16 hours 59 min ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 17 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 41 min ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 18 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 18 hours 43 min ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 18 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day


  • crunch 18 hours 48 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.


  • Eric S 18 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos


  • crunch 19 hours 28 min ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out


    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.


  • crunch 19 hours 37 min ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.


  • crunch 19 hours 50 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.



  • crunch 19 hours 53 min ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...


  • crunch 20 hours 7 min ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.


  • crunch 20 hours 13 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.