Alzolay Breezes Through Five at Riverview

RHSP Adbert Alzolay hurled five innings (75 pitches) of one-run ball with seven strikeouts, Yovanny Cuevas knocked-in four runs with a two-run single and a two run double, Gustavo Polanco belted a solo HR and singled twice (including an RBI single), and Fidel Mejia drilled a two-run double and a single and scored twice, leading the Cubs to a 10-2 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Prior to the game, RHPs Yovanny Cruz, Eduarniel Nunez, Jesus Tejada, Garrett Kelly, and Stephen Ridings, and LHP Riger Fernandez threw "live" BP on Field #4. Y. Cruz, Fernandez, and Tejada attended AZ Instructs post-2017 but did not pitch in any games, but E. Nunez is making his U. S. debut at Extended Spring Training this year. G. Kelly (ex-MIN) was acquired by the Cubs from Schaumburg (Frontier League) last month but he has not yet pitched in a game. 

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

1a. Fernando Kelli, LF: 1-2 (K, 5-3 SH, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 0-2 (E-6, 6-3)
2a. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 2-3 (F-9, 1B, 2B, R, 4 RBI)
2b. Luis Ubiera, CF: 0-1 (K, BB)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7)
3b. Henrry Pedra, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-5, F-8)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (4-3, 5-3, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
5a. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-3 (P-4, 2B, K, R)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-0 (BB)
6. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, L-6, E-6, R)
7. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, HR, 5-4-3 DP, 2 R, 2 RBI)
8. Fabian Pertuz, DH-SS: 0-4 (4-3, F-7, E-5, 6-3)
9a. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 2B, 3-6-3 DP, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-1 (K)
10. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1-3, 1B, R)

1. Adbert Alzolay: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 75 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Erick Leal: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Ryan McNeil: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 32 pitches (23 strikes)

3B Herson Perez: E-5 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)

Alexander Guerra: 1-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's


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Glad to see the Cubbies have brought a bunch of young kids from the D.R. Academy. Kind of surprised that Floencio Serrano isnt in camp. I believe he was a highly regarded signee from Mexico.

Extra looks/swings/reps for players are usually a net benefit. Getting two games in per day for as many options as possible shouldn't be a negative.

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