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)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 70's
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