Cubs Win Home Opener

Kyle Ryan hurled three innings of shutout ball and combined with four relievers to toss a two-hit shutout, Fernando Kelli singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Cam Balego (two-run double) and Gioskar Amaya (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work (and even with the extra half-inning Cubs pitchers still threw a two-hit shutout!).   

K. Ryan was left behind when the Iowa Cubs departed Arizona last week, and he is staying ready in case he is needed in Des Moines. He dominated the young Dodgers today. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, 2 R, 2 SB) 
1b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-1 (K)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
2b. Kwangmin Kwon, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Cam Balego, 1B: 1-2 (BB, P-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
3b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K) 
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-3 (3-2 FC, K, F-7)
4b. Ramsey Romano, PH-RF: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-U FC, 1B, RBI, CS)
5b. Henderson Perez, PH-C-DH: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6a. Luis Diaz, DH #1: 0-2 (E-6, BB, K, SB)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, PH-C: 0-1 (F-9)
7. Jonathan Soto, C-DH-1B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, 6-3)
8a. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
8b. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-1 (E-6, SB)
9. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (HBP, F-7, K)
10. Delvin Zinn, DH-2B: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, BB, 6-3, R)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Kyle Ryan: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Manuel Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes) 
5. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (17 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AZ Phil, any thoughts on how Estrada and Marquez are coming along as pitchers? Thanks in advance!

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: Not counting guys who are at Extended Spring Training to get into shape for full-season ball, Jeremiah Estrada and Brailyn Marquez are the top two pitching prospects at Cubs EXST right now. Actually that's why they pitched today (Tuesday) after Kyle Ryan and the two rehab guys (McNeil and Rondon), because they are at the head of the class. Estrada's FB has been sitting at 94 the last two outings, and in his previous outing (which was an intrasquad game) he had a plus-plus knee-buckling CV. But against the Dodgers he was bouncing/spiking his CV in front of the plate and so he used his FB to get outs. He is still a bit raw. Marquez is more-polished than Estrada. His FB is ranging 90-92 T-93, and his CV is more consistent than Estrada's at this point. Marquez also features a CH that shows promise. As things stand right now, Estrada and Marquez (in no particular order) are likely to be the #1 and #2 starters at Eugene when the short-season leagues begin play in June. They are both legit SP prospects, and (presuming there are no blips) both will be will spending the next couple of months getting game experience as starting pitchers and gradually increasing their innings and pitch counts.

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CUBS WIN cactus league extended spring training HOME OPENER

...we should keep an eye on this phil guy.

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